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Profitt Report: Which music streaming service is worth your money?

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With our smart phones, we have access to just about anything with a few clicks, including entertainment. You can upgrade your music streaming services for better selections but not every subscription is the same.

There are free options out there, but if you want to skip the ads and have more listening options, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee. So which is your best bet?

We asked the founder of money-saving website, Rather-Be-Shopping, to compare two popular services. As a husband and father to three kids, Kyle James is all about saving money. When looking at upgrading music streaming services, he wants to know exactly what he’s paying for.

“It really kind of depends on what your music habits your listening habits are,” James said.

He put Spotify Premium and Amazon Prime Music Unlimited head to head. First off, if you are already a member of Amazon Prime, you already have access to ad-free listening via Amazon Music.

“It pretty much has all the music you'll want,” James said.

From Lady Gaga to classic rock, there’s a lot there. However, if you want to unlock even more songs, you can pay a bit more.

“You can pay for Amazon Prime Unlimited. If you’re a Prime member it's $7.99 a month,” James said.

If you’re not a Prime member, it’s $9.99 a month.

Next: Spotify. You can listen for free, but the premium version offers ad-free music and the ability to choose specific songs, instead of shuffling through for $9.99 per month.

Worried about your cell phone bill? Both can save your data.

“One of my favorite features that both have is that you can download the songs for when you're offline,” James said, “so that's great when you're traveling on an airplane, traveling to remote areas where you might not get internet.”

James said if you love eclectic music and discovering new artists, Spotify Premium is the way to go.

“They’re really good at coming up with what they call discovery music and they put a playlist together for you and based on your listening habits. They find new artists that they think you might like,” he said.

Whereas if you are a more casual listener, Amazon Unlimited would be just fine, James said.

So which is best? It depends on your budget and music tastes!

Both services deep discounts for students at only $5 a month. For more information from James, please click here.

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