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Think streaming music, and the first name that springs to mind is probably Spotify — but there are some great alternatives out there. Both Apple and Google have music services for streaming, downloads, and playing local files across phones, tablets, and desktop. There are lots of different ways to compare the two services, but we're going to try and simplify it by starting with all the similarities. Here's how Apple Music compares to Google Play Music.

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If you jumped on the music-streaming bandwagon, there's a good chance you've been left with a shelf full of CDs gathering dust. Lucky for you, there are a couple of apps that make adding your old albums to Spotify super easy — so you can finally throw out all of that physical media for good. Here's how to do it.

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I have a tendency to fall down what I'll call "internet research holes". Recent romps include reading the entire Daenerys Targaryen character page on the Game of Thrones Wikia, the entire post history of a person who supposedly writes for Total Sorority Move and the collected web history of Beyoncé and Jay Z's marital problems. (I should note here that I do not watch Game of Thrones, read Total Sorority Move, or know Bey and Jay personally.) No matter the subject matter, the process is always the same: open up my computer, follow my heart and sit in bed for the next two hours fixating on whatever I find.

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Briefly: You can soon sign up for the Google Play Music family plan announced earlier this spring. Rolling out in Australia over the next few days, $US15 ($21) connects up to six accounts to Google Play Music. Considering Google Play Music ordinarily costs $12 per month, this is a great deal. (Although, the logistics of splitting the cost between 6 people are impractical.) I should note that both Spotify and Apple Music offer similarly priced plans.

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There, I said it.

As countless Rdio fans sit back helplessly as their accounts go dark, it's time to be blunt. Spotify continues to outpace its growing army of competitors, and if you're going to spend money on a streaming music service, you should sign up for Spotify Premium. Or save a few bucks and get the free version, because it's pretty damn great, too!