Greatest choices from Spotify, Apple Music, Google, Amazon and Deezer

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(Pocket-lint) – As soon as your kids get to a selected age, you will discover that having everybody utilizing the identical music account turns into tough. Not solely does it mess together with your automatically-generated playlists, however extra importantly it means you may’t pay attention as a result of another person is utilizing that subscription.

In comes the household plan, aiming to present a number of customers entry to streaming providers with out you having to pay the complete worth for a number of particular person subscriptions.

Right here we break down the prices, professionals and cons of every totally different system and you will find they’re all competitively priced.


Spotify is the massive daddy of streaming providers, 70 million+ tracks, 1.5 million podcasts and Spotify Radio, however importantly there’s numerous help for Spotify on different gadgets by the Premium service – on good TVs, audio system, Android, Apple, PC, Mac – with Spotify Join a serious benefit.

The household worth is £16.99/$15.99 and for that as much as six members get the identical Premium degree of service. If you happen to’re already a Spotify subscriber and also you be part of a household, you may hold your playlists. 

You all need to dwell on the similar tackle – however there isn’t any restrict on the variety of gadgets – and there will likely be one particular person invoice. You’ll all need to have particular person Spotify accounts linked to an electronic mail tackle – with Spotify Youngsters an unique a part of Spotify Household, with content material particularly for youthful kids.

There’s ad-supported Spotify Free as a substitute, but it surely does have limitations – and if you happen to’re a part of a Spotify Household you may’t use some other reductions or use free subscriptions from third-parties, like your cell supplier. 

There’s specific content material filtering, which you’ll set on a person foundation so the first account holder is accountable for what household customers can and can’t hear.

Apple Music

Apple Music boasts 75 million songs and entry to the Apple Music 1 (beforehand Beats 1) radio station. It’s supported on Apple and Android gadgets, Apple HomePod, Sonos, PC, Mac, Amazon Echo gadgets and Google Nest gadgets.

Apple Music contains something you might need in your iTunes assortment together with music you bought from Apple, and you may sync iCloud music that you simply add – with every member in a position to share iTunes purchases with the household. You additionally get entry to Apple’s increasing assortment of Dolby Atmos music, in addition to increased high quality lossless audio on some tracks.

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Apple Music prices £14.99/$14.99 for a household of six and everybody must have an Apple ID to be a part of the household – as it’s with Household Sharing. You may create an Apple ID for youngsters underneath the age of 13 utilizing your personal electronic mail tackle as an emergency backup; youngsters over 13 can create their very own Apple ID. 

You may be part of a household if you happen to’ve been an Apple Music subscriber beforehand, preserving your playlists and so forth. 

You may as well set content material restrictions in Apple Music. This must be set on every gadget (it isn’t common), however the settings may be locked with a PIN code. 

Amazon Music Unlimted

Whereas Amazon Music presents some “free” entry through Prime subscriptions in Prime Music, for the complete 75 million songs you will must take out a correct Amazon Music subscription – Amazon Music Limitless. Prime Music solely has a listing of two million.

The Limitless household account provides you six members and every person will get a person account; every member must be at the least 13 years previous to have an Amazon account, so it is totally different to different Amazon Family accounts – like Kindle.

You may add music to Amazon Music Limitless and music you buy from Amazon – together with AutoRip tracks – are included. Amazon Music Limitless can be “solid” to Echo gadgets on the identical community utilizing Alexa Solid.

There’s specific lyric filtering out there and you will have to allow this on every particular person gadget, however there isn’t any PIN safety so can simply be turned off.

YouTube Music

YouTube Music takes over from Google Play Music and presents a 70 million sturdy catalogue of official albums, playlists, singles and movies. It may be accessed on Android or Apple gadgets, PC, Mac, helps Google Solid streaming to many audio system, and is supported natively on Google Dwelling gadgets. 

The household subscription requires all customers to have a Google Account, which then permits as much as 6 relations (together with the invoice payer) all residing on the similar tackle. You may solely change household teams as soon as per yr. You may embrace kids that you’ve setup utilizing Household Hyperlink in case your baby is underneath the age of 13, in any other case everybody wants their very own Google account.

It prices £14.99 / $14.99 for the household. 

There are parental controls within the YT Music app that may help you exclude specific content material in music. 


Deezer presents 56 million music streaming tracks and performs good with a variety of platforms, on Android, iPhone, PC in addition to good audio system like Amazon Echo and Google Nest gadgets.

The household worth is £14.99/$14.99 and that once more provides you 6 customers – all of which need to be residing on the similar tackle – with separate profiles. Deezer is eager to level out that you’re going to get loads of content material excellent for youthful youngsters with its Deezer Youngsters choice offering music picks for underneath 12s.

There is a restrict of 13 gadgets for the Deezer household account – 3 for the principle subscriber after which 2 every for the secondary customers.

There’s specific lyric filtering that may be enabled on every enjoying gadget.

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