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5 Pointers for Finding the Best Music Streaming Apps

5 Pointers for Finding the Best Music Streaming Apps

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Music streaming apps offer an easy and affordable alternative to purchasing all your favorite songs and albums, but with all the options out there, how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Luckily, we’ve highlighted all the important criteria you need before making a decision about which music streaming app to use.

Whether you need a streaming app with a specific type of music or one that’s low cost or free, these 5 tips will have you jamming out in no time.

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  1. Stream music for free to save cash
  2. Browse popular online music services to find new jams
  3. Download music to listen to your favorite songs offline
  4. Access a variety of stations to update your music library
  5. Compare sites to get access to the music you want most

If you’re looking to rock out but still stay within your budget, you’ll want to take a look through the free music streaming services. There are plenty of options for apps that do not require a monthly subscription, so you can use that money for other things.

Some subscription services, like Spotify and YouTube, offer a free account version alongside their premium versions. Other sites are 100% free, like SoundCloud. You may have to listen to an ad or two every few songs to enjoy the cheapest streaming apps, but it’s really a small price to pay if you want to save your cash. It’s also a good way to ensure that your favorite artists are getting paid for their music, so you can continue to enjoy all the hits they have to offer.

Planning a road trip in the near future? Or getting on a plane? Or maybe you’re just nearing your data limits for the month but still want to listen to music on the go. Sometimes you might find yourself stuck without wifi or internet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still listen to your beloved playlists on your streaming apps.

Many apps, like Amazon Prime and Spotify Premium, allow streaming users with a subscription to download any music in their streaming library to their phone, so it can be enjoyed any time without an internet connection. It’s just like downloading a purchased song, but you only have to pay a low monthly price to get an unlimited amount of music to add to your playlists and take with you wherever you go. Plus, if you find you no longer listen to songs or want to switch up your playlists, you can easily remove them from your playlist or move them to a different playlist with the click of a button.

If you’re the type that rarely sticks to just one or even two genres of music, you’ll certainly need a music streaming app that will connect you with a large music library, so that you can get all the variety of playlists you desire. You’ll also need an app that easily connects you to different types of music.

Certain apps for streaming or music stations make it easy to find and play music based on genre. Apps like Amazon let you search songs by genre, or Spotify, for example, creates playlists based on genre or even moods and holidays. Whatever type of music you feel like listening to, streaming apps can help match you to the music faster, so you can spend less time searching or shuffling and more time listening to some fantastic music.

If you like to listen to a particular type or music, you will definitely want to search for music streaming services that have the kind of music you listen to readily available. For example, apps like Spotify and Amazon Prime Music tend to have a wide variety, especially with focus on newer top hits.

If you like to listen to more indie artists, you may want to consider something like SoundCloud, or if you like music from other countries, apps like Deezer might be good ones to try.

If you’re looking to find new music based on what you usually listen to, radio apps like Pandora Radio can help you find some different jams for your playlist. Or if you’re looking to combine multiple music streaming sources at once, apps such as Last.fm are a good option.

You may also want to consider apps that fit your listening needs. If you’re a musical editor or you're going to be playing your music loudly on good speakers or headphones and need high sound quality, you should look into apps like Tidal.

Those that love playing video games might want a app that allows them to stream their favorite music in the background while they play, such as Groove Music for Microsoft PC and Xbox. Or if you like listening in the car, you might want an app that has a voice enabled feature, so you can queue up the next song hands-free.

No matter what you like to listen to, there’s certainly a music streaming app out there that’s perfect for you. Now, with these tips in mind, you’re all set to comb through our Best 10 Music Streaming Apps to select the right ones to get you grooving.

  • Google Play Music
    10

    Google Play Music

    Discover and play millions of songs with the Google Play Music app

    Google LLC

    4.0 4M+ Reviews
    1B+
    Free
    • 1,299 users said "best music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Google Play Music
    • The paid version of Google Play is phenomenal. They create great playlists and they remember what you like to listen at certain times of the day or on certain days of the week. I find this app easier to navigate than Apple Music also. Even when you close the app, it saves the last song you were listening to to. Apple Music doesn’t do this. It’s a huge advantage for me lol. I just wish I could say “Hey Siri, play...” and she would open Google Play. That’s the only draw back when using the app from iPhone.

      Brooksjas1
  • SoundCloud - Music & Audio
    9

    SoundCloud - Music & Audio

    The world’s largest audio and music streaming platform, with over 150M tracks

    SoundCloud

    4.5 4M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 5,020 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    SoundCloud - Music & Audio
    • i love soundcloud, it's better than spotify and any other music streaming apps. plus the membership is so inexpensive ! $5 a month? awesome as heck. they have every artist that I want and have made me discover even more artists.

      fakebadd1e
  • Amazon Music
    8

    Amazon Music

    Find and play music you love – get the free Amazon Music app.

    Amazon Mobile LLC

    4.4 2M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 9,221 users said "great selection"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Amazon Music
    • We enjoy the Music choices and accessibility its very suiting and helps me sleep better. Thank you very much I do enjoy having the accessibility to the music but when I look up music there are many that are not available. Some are classic older pieces and some are new popular ones. I can accept the new ones but the old classics I’m Not happy about and do not want another bill. Another issue is I placed albums on my list and later found them gone. Not sure what that is about is there a time limit I’m not aware of. All I want is to know the rules so I know how to play and not be surprised. Thank you for the music I’m am grateful.

      Tony Mazzela
  • Free Music
    7

    Free Music

    Free Music! Millions of free songs from SoundCloud!

    Free Music - Music Player

    4.5 259K+ Reviews
    10M+
    Free Install
    • 1,045 users said "free music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    Free Music
    • Honesty I love this app deserves 5 stars. There may be ads but you can just click them off in a second, ALSO live the fact how you can listen to music on another app. I'm not sure if you can use the music offline but that's not a worry to me cause I for unlimited to that gives me wifi where I go, There may be a time where the music take long to load but eh aleast the apps free BTW better than spotify XD

      Eddy Garcia
  • Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music
    6

    Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music

    All the music you love with lyrics and translations

    Musixmatch

    4.5 2M+ Reviews
    50M+
    Free
    • 6,154 users said "best music player"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • In App Purchases
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music
    • This is awesome! I'm just glad I'm a great driver with nearly a million miles of experience otherwise I'd be worried about learning lyrics while driving being a dangerous distraction. Teenagers and early twenty something's, if you don't have the means to buy a new car and most likely pay someone for some damages you caused, then do not use this app (at least while driving). It automatically pops up whenever I start playing music. I love it!

      Evan Luke Mentzer
  • iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts
    5

    iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts

    Your Music. Your Stations. Your Podcasts. All Free.

    iHeartMedia, Inc.

    4.5 2M+ Reviews
    50M+
    Free
    • 11,832 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    • In App Purchases
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts
    • I used to love this app. My favorite podcast is only available for 24 hours. This was never an issue until now... I can't download this particular podcast anymore. I got a generic email saying to uninstall the app, clear my cookies... I did that. Now the app just crashes when I try to download anything. Whatever you did, undo it! EDIT: New update fixed the podcast issue. thank you!

      Rosha Daniels
  • Shazam
    4

    Shazam

    GIVE AN ANSWER TO: “WHAT’S THAT SONG?"

    Apple, Inc.

    4.4 4M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 4,608 users said "useful"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Shazam
    • Been using for many years and am very pleased. Only improvement I would like to see is that it finds songs about 98% of the time. For obscure songs that they can’t identify I go to SoundHound.

      Gfjud:;633)
  • YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos
    3

    YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos

    The official YouTube app built just for music.

    Google LLC

    4.2 785K+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 762 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    • In App Purchases
    • Editor's Choice
    YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos
    • I was a Spotify premium member for years, but due to the terrible changes made from their recent app update I decided to try out YouTube premium. It's awesome! I so wish I would've made the switch sooner. More selection, much better features than Spotify and it's super user friendly.

      Krystina Fossati
  • Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts
    2

    Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts

    Play music, podcasts & SiriusXM shows and personalize your streaming experience!

    Pandora

    4.6 10M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 8,992 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    • In App Purchases
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts
    • Still the best streaming service for those that want to hear songs of a similar genre or sound and be introduced to artists that you might never have heard of that give the sound you are craving. I find that Pandora gives me a much better experience when I'm in the mood for certain type of sound whereas some of the other services station's are very hit and miss for me. I find myself skipping way more songs on services like Spotify but rarely need to thumb down a song on Pandora.

      Jamie Martin
  • Spotify: Discover music, podcasts, and playlists
    1

    Spotify: Discover music, podcasts, and playlists

    Discover the latest podcasts, songs you love, and playlists made just for you

    Spotify Ltd.

    4.6 24M+ Reviews
    500M+
    Free
    • 18,787 users said "best music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Spotify: Discover music, podcasts, and playlists
    • I have been a loyal premium subscriber for around 7 Years. And I’ve most the of the time enjoyed the updates. But let me tell you I absolutely hate this one. And it’s come to the point if you don’t fix this or change something quick I’m going to unsubscribe from premium and delete the app. The biggest concern I have is with recently listened to music. The way you had the UI before was perfect to me. I loved the way I could see all of my previously listened to artists on one page and scroll down. I could edit this as well. Now the new way to listen to them is trash. I can click on the artist and listen to their entire library, but I don’t wanna do that. I wanna hear the library I had in the last updates of just the songs I saved from the artist. So now I have to go the my music tab and search for the artist and listen to them that way. Which is extremely inconvenient and out of the way. It wasn’t broken. Why did you change it? Is there any way I could undo this latest update and get the previous one I enjoyed? If not I’m sorry this is such a small thing but it really made a huge difference to me. Like I said if it isn’t fixed I’m gonna delete the app, and I’m sure many others feel the same way I do.

      Karu_Rawя

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