If you’re a music aficionado that caters to the internet régime that you too can’t seem to break away, then it’s apparent that music streaming services is where we are headed now. The digital landscape is gradually taking over and streaming music is piloting our listening habits in fascinating ways and such has become a far more acceptable notion, hands down.
We here at the The Wknd have cocked a curious eye on four of the best streaming services available to us in the country for your spur-of-the-moment need for music discovery as we believe having ready access to an artists’ music through these streaming services will help to discover more local and regional musicians who you might not have found otherwise, so let’s explore these options shall we?
Probably the leading streamer of the bunch for its expediency and rise in the recent years, most locals have gravitated towards Spotify since its launch here in Malaysia, giving you millions of songs at your fingertips, browsing by artist, album, record label or by created playlists, direct searches or a personal recommendation facility, emitting joy when you stumble upon new music that makes your spine tingle.
Price: Free / RM 10 per month for mobile and offline access (bundled with some Maxis plans)
Platforms: Web, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, AV devices
Deezer is now available in Malaysia all thanks to DiGi and its partnership with the global music streaming service created in Paris, France. Being a popular web-based music streaming service, Deezer currently has 30 million licensed tracks in its library, over 30,000 radio channels, 12 million monthly active users, and 5 million paid subscribers allowing users to listen to music content from record labels on various devices online or offline. The Wknd’s collaboration with Deezer as a content provider signifies our hope to continue bringing Malaysian and Southeast Asian independent music to higher latitude.
Price: Free web access only with ads / Deezer Premium+ – 3 months free subscription for DiGi customers with selected Internet data plans / RM 8 per month for free unlimited access, no ads (bundled with DiGi data plans)
Platforms: Web, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, AV devices
Check out The Wknd’s Selekta Hujung Minggu Vol. 1 on Deezer:
Feed your curiosity on the variety of music our regional neighbors in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand have to offer by checking out KKBOX, where most of the region’s pop-music stars and hit songs are produced and marketed. It has over 10 million users in the entire Asian market and is the leading digital music subscription services in Asia featuring over 10 million music tracks from more than 500 major and local music labels and publishers.
Price: KKBox Premium RM14.90 per month / 7 days free trial
Platforms: Web, iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Nokia has launched a new free ‘MixRadio’ app for its Lumia Windows Phones. This new streaming music service brings you free, personalized music with no advertising. Start listening with Play Me, an ever-changing mix based on the music you love including hundreds of handcrafted mixes, create a mix, gigs, artist notifications, mp3 store and player, and of course the ability to save your favorite mixes for offline playback so you can listen even without an internet connection.
Price: Free, no registering, no ads, with offline access
Platforms: Lumia Windows Phones
Audio tracks from The Wknd Sessions is available on Spotify, Deezer, KKBOX, and many more. Just search for “The Wknd Sessions” or your favourite artists from the sessions on your prefered service.
by Izyan Liyana