Best for YouTube addicts: Google Play Music
Google Play Music’s best weapon is its most secret: free access to the ad-free YouTube Red experience. Yes, the service first lured me with its included cloud-storage option for my library of MP3s, but that’s also offered by Apple Music. Another neat perk: It uses time of day and location to suggest tunes. And now that Amazon’s dropping its Music Storage feature, Google Play is one of two remaining major services that allow users to store their own tunes in the cloud, as Apple’s iCloud Music Library still works in tandem with Apple Music.
Also, expect Google Play Music to merge with YouTube Red in the near or not-too-distant future. While answering a question about increasing YouTube Red’s popularity, Lyor Cohen — Google’s head of music — told audiences at a conference in New York that “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering.”
Price: Free with ads, $9.99 per month, $14.99 for families (six accounts)
The Catch: Support on connected devices is limited, as it’s mostly for PCs, Macs, iOS and Android.