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VPN for Music Streaming

Nov 19, 2015 · 3 min read

VPN for Music Streaming

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When you thought music streaming could’t get any more popular – it did. Music streaming services eagerly continue to facilitate access to countless music libraries.The vast availability of songs as well as good streaming speeds offered by reputable channels, has seen the music streaming service become one of the most widely used online services in today’s world.

Music Streaming Channels

Although there are several music streaming channels available online, here are some of the most popular ones worldwide. They differ in library size, pricing and availability.

Name Countries Available In No. of Songs Pricing
Pandora U.S, Australia and New Zealand 1.5 Million 0$ Base Price
Spotify 60 countries 30 Million 0$ Base Price US, UK, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil 24 Mill. 0$ Base Price
Rhapsody 32 Countries 32 Million 9.99$ Base Price
Slacker USA and Canada 13 Million 9.99$ Base Price
Rdio 85 countries 35 Million 0$ Base Price
Deezer 150+ countries 35 Million 7.99 Base Price
iTunes Radio 100+ Countries 43 Million 2.03$ Base Price
Google Play Music 58 Countries 30 Million 9.99$ Base Price
TuneIn Radio 25+ Countries n/a 0$ Base Price
IHeart Radio US, Australia, New Zealand 18 Million 0$ Base Price

Problems with Music Streaming Services

Music streaming channels bring the world of music to their users. However, there is one small problem. Most streaming channels are not available in all parts of the world. It is similar to how services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer are restricted for access only in certain countries. Music streaming channels also have the problem of geo-restriction. Geo-restricted content is any content that is available only in countries that the service chooses to make it available in. Trying to access that content from anywhere outside that coverage area leads to the denial of the service with an error message.

Overcome this Problem with VPN

Geo-restricted services do not allow users to access their data by finding their location from their IP address. If the user is found to be using the service from outside the coverage region, they are not granted access. If you want to get past this check, you need to appear to be accessing the website from a country where the service is available. Using a VPN can help you do so with no problem.

VPNs connect you to the internet through one of their servers, forming an encrypted tunnel between the server and your system. Your true IP address is hidden from all onlookers as the IP address of the VPN server appears to be your IP address. So, in order to access geo-restricted music streaming channels, all you need to do is connect to a server located in the country where that service is available.

Just browse the server list of the VPN you use and choose one that fits your need. After connecting to a server in that location you will appear to be accessing the service from that country and will be granted access. VPN like NordVPN can be quite helpful for you since it has great global coverage and offer high-speed connections, both of which are required for streaming music.

In Conclusion

Most of the best music streaming channels are usually available only in select countries. VPNs help you overcome that barrier. Using a VPN you can change your IP address and appear to be using the internet from a location of your choice, which can be helpful to stream music online.

Christina Craig
Christina Craig successVerified author

Christina is a community manager and the heart, the voice and the soul of NordVPN. She is always up for a conversation with our community of users and blog readers.

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