After social media apps, perhaps music apps are the second most used apps, which sound true when we cast a glace at thousands of music apps flooding the iOS and Android store. From internet radio stations and live videos and DJ events to music streaming of their favorite artists, mobile users now have widest variety of options to choose from.
However, it is not easy to choose the best one from the plethora of music apps. Plus, you don’t want to consume all of your phone memory just for downloading all of them. Hence, to help you pare down your choices, here are 13 best music streaming apps for iOS and Android handpicked by us.
1. Google Play Music
Since Google Play Music will soon be mixed into the YouTube Music app, it is likely to think that it is futile to use the app. However, Google supports Play music users will ensure their playlists will be transferred at the time of transition into YouTube Music app. At present, the app gives you the perfect access to music collection on cloud and from the website and podcasts.
It has slick design and custom radio stations. Its paid subscription ($10/month) opens up massive song collections, unlimited skips, radio stations plus YouTube Red that enables background listening, ad-free music and offline downloads and uploading of songs to Cloud.
Almost every music streaming fan is familiar with this name since Spotify is one of the most famous players in the business. In fact, the app has inspired many working in the similar niche. With more than 75 million subscribers, Spotify has achieved top spot and offers over 30 million tracks.
Quite similar to its desktop version, the mobile app allows users to stream single tracks and put together selected albums to build custom playlists. Its free account provides only Shuffle Play while its paid subscription ($10 a month) enables you to play any song, listen offline, and go ad-free.
3. Apple Music
Apple’s first ever music streaming service, Apple music offers a complete access to any song stored in its music library. The app is elegant and cleverly designed and accessible for both Android and iOS users.
Not only does it gift a generous catalog of 45 million songs, but Apple music also contains features of custom playlists, radio shows, and more surprises. This is a paid app that costs $5 a month for a student sub and its regular subscription starts from $10 a month, with family option being available at $15. Users are also free to upload 100,000 songs to Apple’s servers.
Shazam is an agile music streaming app that appreciated especially for its unique music detection ability. The app quickly recognizes songs and television shows and shows you purchasing options and supporting lyrics.
Users find it convenient to stream the tracks once the app recognizes it although it is not really a standalone music app. Shazam works in synchronicity with another music app and also enables real-time music chart. It allows you to purchase the song in Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and others.
5. YouTube Music
YouTube Music is about to be merged with Google to become a premier Google Music app in near future. After that, users can buy subscription of YouTube music for $10. It includes background listening, offline downloads, and ad-free experience.
It will also allow users to stream music videos under a premium membership. At the moment, YouTube Music allows you to listen to YouTube music with ads and screen off. Current active users can also opt for a YouTube Red subscription at $10 a month to relishad-free listening experience. YouTube Red account also gives users free access to the full catalog of Google Play Music.
6. Amazon Music
Amazon entered the market of music streaming services a little late though it is admitted that the app delivers admirable experience. Users get to enjoy a few free songs and get access to its Cloud Player Library that contains uploaded as well as purchased songs. The full library can be accessed only with Amazon Music Unlimited at $10 a month.
But Amazon prime members will pay $8 a month for unlimited access. Prime members can also choose a compact free version of full membership which gives them an access to 2 million songs. This is a great deal for prime members though not as delightful as Apple Music, Spotify or Google Play music.
SoundCloud hosts a diverse community of musicians, bands, podcasters, and others. The app has all the normal features and style as delivered by its web counterpart. The app allows you to search for new artists, listen to songs in the feed and store or upload your own audio.
Music listening is not charged on SoundCloud; however, SoundCloud pro, which is a paid service, is quite handy for those who have true passion for music creation.
Vevo might not be your quintessentially full-fledged music streaming app, but the app offers an impressive selection of music videos. You can create your own playlists based on genre, stream live videos or enjoy Vevo’s recommended HD videos.
Upon signing up, the app asks you to select your favorite genres and artists so that you will be informed whenever there is a new music video available from chosen artists. This app is the best choice for typical music video lovers.
Pandora is also ruling the mainstream of streaming music. Its services include custom radio stations that rely on its in-built algorithm to suggest specific tracks or artists. The tailor-made options deliver brilliant experience for users and keep on improving consistently based on feedback.
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The phenomenal app also has subscription-based features that provide you with ad-free service and unlimited skips and offline play mode. Its premium version has more advanced features like choosing single tracks.
For those keen on great audio experience, Tidal is a boon and boastfully claims having about 25 million high-quality tracks. It is also equipped with features like offline mode, quick access to music videos, customized suggestions, and cool interviews with trending artists such as Jack White, Jay-Z and more.
The app has flexible subscription options in place to cover everyone’s preferences, including premium service, standard service, HiFi.
11. TuneIn Radio
Internet Radio has still not faded in 2018, and thanks a bunch to apps like Tunein Radio that has kept the online Radio trend alive. The app gives you access to more than 120,000 live radio stations available globally. Apart from music, it provides local content and on-demand streaming of news, sports, music, latest events and talk shows.
The app proves stellar if you are a sports fanatic as Premium TuneIn Radio brings you live NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL games with its ad-free experience costing $10 a month. Otherwise, the app is free to listen to live radio stations.
Deezer is another popular among pop-fanatic youth that yearns for personalized music listening experience. The app contains a catalog of more than 40 million songs and allows users to customize their own music.
The feature called “Flow” displays the playlist of songs selected by the app based on your favorite musicand it improves to meet your predilection in music the more you Like. Its stunning lyrics feature makes it possible for you to read song lyrics and impress your friends with your knowledge of great songs.
Additionally, this app lets you send amazing tracks to your friends.
iHearRadio has live streaming of AM/FM stations that cover most genres of country, hip-hop and pop music along with news. Its simplified interface makes it easy for users to select music that appeals to their taste and make a custom list of stations. Another feature is that it allows users to explore more than 450,000 various artists, which is staggering.
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For users expecting more control, there is an iHeartRadio plus with paid subscription (that usually costs $5 a month) that lets users save favorite tracks, replay and skip music tracks and personalize their music choices.
Nowadays music streaming services dominate the world of music lovers especially young folks. These apps are among the most used and sought after iOS and Android apps. Some offer free listening experience whereas others charge subscription fee for premium service.
Hopefully, this list will help you choose the one whose content suits your tastes.