Every time somebody talks about music on the go and even music at house, chances are high that they are utilizing a music streaming providers comparable to Spotify (nonetheless not accessible in India), Saavn or Gaana.
In contrast to the sooner occasions when CDs and unlawful downloads dominated the method of getting maintain of songs, streaming providers like Saavn, Gaana and Apple Music right now are ubiquitous with cellular customers. In our earlier article, we now have in contrast completely different music streaming providers.
Nonetheless, what if you wish to go old-school and construct a music assortment? Bear in mind these 80-GB iPod Classics, which might retailer 1000’s of songs. Whereas it is good to have an virtually limitless assortment of music at your fingertips for a small month-to-month payment, there are some advantages of constructing an offline music library.
Higher high quality format (i.e. increased bitrate), no dependence on Web, use of favourite apps or a devoted participant, potential to tweak sound utilizing the equalizer are a few of them.
Shopping for music legally in India has at all times been onerous with very restricted choices. Earlier, it virtually completely meant shopping for cassettes and CDs with no digital choices accessible.
What I keep in mind as one of many first digital service, which really supplied authorized MP3 tracks to obtain, was Nokia Ovi Music. Choose Nokia telephones would as soon as include a complimentary Three-month subscription to the service, which included limitless downloads of songs.
Ovi Music was lively until mid-2014, after which it was changed by the ill-fated MixRadio that was ultimately shut down as effectively.
Nonetheless, the current state of affairs is kind of completely different. iTunes was one of many first music providers to supply songs for buy a number of years in the past.
At the moment, all of the streaming providers supply an offline obtain characteristic however the songs aren’t owned by the customers. They’re downloaded in a proprietary format and are DRM-protected.
Right here, we’ll discover 5 providers that let you purchase songs and albums. Let’s start.
1. Google Play Music
Play Music was made accessible in India this 12 months with an introductory month-to-month subscription payment of solely Rs 89 (elevated since then), virtually undercutting all different providers by way of value. Nonetheless, in case you do not wish to subscribe, the Play Music app additionally lets you purchase particular person songs and albums.
The associated fee per music is from Rs 15 to Rs 18 whereas a whole album would value between Rs 80 and Rs 120.
The songs are in MP3 format with a 320-kbps bitrate. All of the purchases are completed on Google Play Retailer, therefore, the cost choices are the similar because the Play Retailer.
Which means credit score and debit playing cards together with web banking and even service billing are supported.
Total, Play Music affords an honest deal by way of assortment, music high quality, and buy choices. It additionally integrates with Android smartphones easily, because it ought to.
Subsequent, we’ll see what Play Music’s counterpart on its rival platform has to supply. iTunes got here to India a lot sooner than Play Music. Its month-to-month subscription is a bit increased at Rs.120 per 30 days.
Particular person songs are priced at Rs.18 whereas albums’ value varies relying on the discharge dates and recognition. The downloads can be found in M4A format, which is barely higher than MP3 and is smaller in measurement.
Cost choices are restricted to bank card and debit playing cards solely. Another disadvantage is that you will want iTunes in your PC or laptop computer to entry or obtain songs whereas Play Music works on any browser.
Lastly, in case your music style contains extra of worldwide music, then iTunes would maintain a slight edge over Play Music by way of content material.
In our final comparability, Wynk’s primary redeeming level was its integration with Airtel, which made the expertise for Airtel customers a bit extra handy. It ticked all of the packing containers for being a superb streaming service however that was it.
On this comparability although, it outdoes each different service by way of worth and cost choices.
The per-song value is simply Rs 5 for almost all of Indian songs and Rs 10 for worldwide tracks. It additionally affords the utmost variety of cost choices from CC/DC, web banking, service billing (for Airtel customers), and help for six cost wallets.
The songs on Wynk are in MP3 format with a 320-kbps bitrate, which is at par with what others have to supply. In addition to, you can even entry Wynk from any internet browser however buying music or album can solely be completed on the cellular app.
Hungama will not be solely a music streaming service however it additionally affords films, movies and TV reveals. The plans are additionally designed accordingly with a Music Professional plan being excellent for somebody who’s solely interested by music.
This plan additionally affords limitless downloads of songs from their assortment, however with a small twist.
You’ll be able to obtain songs solely on their web site. And sadly, they’re in 128-kbps bitrate solely. I believe that is extra an neglected bug or loophole slightly than an supposed characteristic, as you’ll be able to’t obtain songs in any of the Hungama’s apps.
Therefore, I might not assure the truth that it should final for lengthy. At the moment, the Music Professional plan retails at Rs 99 per 30 days is the most cost effective solution to obtain music legally in India in case you are okay with 128-kbps bitrate.
Lastly, we now have Saregama, one of many oldest music labels in India. Primarily a music label, Saregama has additionally forayed into the world of movie and content material manufacturing. Just lately, they launched Saregama Carvaan, an progressive line of moveable audio system.
These audio system come pre-loaded with 5,000 songs from the final 5 a long time of Indian Music. In addition they double as a radio and a Bluetooth speaker.
When you need not purchase this speaker to get the songs, as additionally they have a web-based music retailer the place you should buy them. The primary characteristic of Saregama, which all different providers on this comparability lack, is the provision of the songs within the HD model.
Not within the 320-kbps MP3 format, the songs can be found in a lot higher-quality WAV format and that too for Rs 10 solely. Regular MP3 songs are priced at Rs four solely. Their assortment contains songs from as again because the 1950s with Geetmala High Songs of every decade.
One main draw back is that you’re restricted to the songs of Saregama label and all of the newer tracks could not be accessible. Identical holds true for the worldwide tracks.
Which One is Proper for Me?
In contrast to our earlier comparability of music streaming providers, the conclusion is kind of easy this time. As you are not bounded by any month-to-month subscription plan for really shopping for a music, you should use any or all the providers accessible. The selection depends upon your music style and the music or album you wish to obtain.
By way of cost choices, all of the above providers help debit playing cards in any case. By way of providing the best high quality, Saregama is the winner because it makes use of WAV format, adopted by Apple providing M4A format with AAC-lossless compression, which is best than MP3s and smaller in measurement as effectively. All others supply 320-kbps MP3s besides Hungama.
Under, I’ve made a helpful chart, which compares all of the providers.
Pointless to level out that one ought to seek for their favourite songs or albums on all these providers and select the one which has the most cost effective worth.
Lastly, if you wish to be actually frugal, Hungama’s Music Professional plan permits limitless downloads (128-kbps MP3s by way of web site solely) will go well with you the very best.
When you’ve got any doubt or opinion on this matter or use some other music streaming service, please do inform us in feedback.