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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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Go To Best 10 Music Streaming Apps
  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

    4.1 4M+ Reviews
    5B+
    Free
    • 1,336 users said "best music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Google Play Music
    • Google Play music is cool cuz i like the radio stations they have. I like that u can see the song play lists on the radio stations. This way there’s no mystery as to what’s coming up. You can play different types of stations depending on your moods, what you’re doing, genre of music etc. u can move songs around in the song queue, forward songs, repeat songs, go back to songs. There’s NO ads. No junk. No BS. I also like when i play it on my iPad and i can see the actual album real big on the screen. My only gripe is sometimes they have certain albums there and the next day u look it’s gone for no reason. Aside from that Google Play works great on my phone and my iPad. I highly recommend it!!!

      Popcorn80s
  • SoundCloud - Music & Audio
    9

    SoundCloud - Music & Audio

    The 🌎’s largest audio and music 🎶streaming platform, with over 200M tracks 🏆

    SoundCloud

    4.5 4M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 5,110 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    SoundCloud - Music & Audio
    • We’ve been looking for a way to tap into the everyday collective of true lyrical rappers and wannabes alike to find out what’s really good and trending up to be hopefully a resurgence of Consciousness in Rap that's now being wrapped around Spiritual & Mental Enlightenment. To our dismay to many of or New Rappers have yet to educate themselves on the importance of positive WORDS pumped out to their newly captive audience. We must start making committed efforts to move pass decadence. Existing and espiring Rappers alike have to Stop Playing into the Hands of Dirty Heartless Music Industry Excutives that have Killed the Rap Game by promoting Negetive Content and giving a stamp of approval for Self Destruction of its listeners whiles knowing its marketing is targeted especially to those living in a poverty state of mind. It's our hope with this new and Exciting Platform called SoundCloud and other similar platforms will be a Gateway for those that process the courage and Lyrical Talent to Speak Life & Light into the Game without Demeaning words like N:gg@s & B:thęs as Verse Starters & Lyrical Fillers and will soon come out of the Darkness Blazing into the Light 🔥 and Spark ⚡️a Revolution of Uplifting Selfless Flows that will Once again give Rap a New Face of Unstoppable passion that will Change the World 🌍 moving it back into its Devine Order! Asè, Power of Words The World is Waiting... LETS GO!.. Thx, SOUNDCLOUD

      StevieG216
  • 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
    • 9,539 users said "great selection"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Amazon Music
    • There are some things in the app that bother me concerning the overall quality of the app. This app is only recommended if you have an Alexa or Echo or whatever. Also it is not worth it unless you pay for Unlimited. (This could be argued against depending on your music taste, but if you like to listen to music that is newer, like a pop album that just came out, you have to wait for a couple of months or so to listen to it without Unlimited.) With that being said I do pay for Unlimited, and I’ve found it is much more enjoyable than without it. The overall app layout is ok, but I would like to see downloading be upgraded. With my experience with downloading, I will que an Album or something and I will put down my phone for a couple of hours. When I come back, only the first couple of songs are downloaded, so I warn you. IF YOU WANT TO DOWNLOAD SONGS ONTO YOUR PHONE, YOU MUST LEAVE THE SCREEN ON THE DOWNLOADING PAGE FOR THE SONGS! I cannot stress this enough! If you leave the downloading alone it will not download. Eventually it will clear the songs in the downloading que and you have to que them again. Also the app layout is kinda weird and the Alexa included in the app isn’t very useful at all

      CabbyTimberlake
  • Free Music
    7

    Free Music

    Free Music! Millions of free songs from SoundCloud!

    Free Music - Music Player

    4.5 276K+ Reviews
    10M+
    Free Install
    • 1,152 users said "free music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    Free Music
  • 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
    • 6,108 users said "best music player"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • In App Purchases
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music
    • This app is sooooo amazing!!! I totally recommend it. Honestly I thought that the song recognition wouldn’t work because in the past the apps a had never worked but this app totally dose!!! I would totally recommend it!!!! And there’s not any ads so I’m glad nothing comes in the way of my songs!!!! Totally recommend it!!!!!!

      eg-army
  • iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts
    5

    iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts

    Your Music. Your Stations. #1 For Podcasts. All Free.

    iHeartMedia, Inc.

    4.5 3M+ Reviews
    50M+
    Free
    • 11,869 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • In App Purchases
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    iHeartRadio - Free Music, Radio & Podcasts
    • Hopefully you guys get back to me about all those stations being added to the app that I mentioned in the last review I wrote , but If you do launch all of those stations can you please all launch Bonneville International along with those other radio station companies I mentioned in the last review if you guys got it? Thank, Robbie Stanton. I’m A BIG FAN OF iHeartRadio. I’ve had this app on my devices since 2014 around like Thanksgiving or Christmas and would listen to the stations you own in Wheeling, Parkersburg and Huntington before my local radio stations were on iHeart. And also good thing this message or review didn’t disappear, can you please launch Southern Communications Corporation as well? Thanks, Robbie Stanton. Please get back at me soon as possible for the first and second review.

      PeanutStanton
  • Shazam
    4

    Shazam

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

    Apple, Inc.

    4.4 4M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 4,768 users said "useful"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Shazam
    • This is one in a million app type! Makes me meet more artist and knowing more music from all around the globe! I travel a lot because of my job and I shazzam all over the globe! This app Rocks!

      Karlitosve
  • YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos
    3

    YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos

    The official YouTube app built just for music.

    Google LLC

    4.1 935K+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 830 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Editor's Choice
    YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos
    • This app has improved vastly since its introduction a few years ago, and is now one of the top music streaming platforms in my opinion. First, Google’s algorithms deliver the best mix of what I like along with new suggestions. Secondly, I appreciate the ability to seamlessly switch between music and videos in the app. Lastly, the offline mixtape is an extremely useful feature. Always having 100 fresh songs in my back pocket for those no service areas is a lifesaver. The app is still a bit clunky (especially the library) but I like it a lot.

      TaoGroves
  • Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts
    2

    Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts

    Voice control your music stations, podcasts & SiriusXM shows on the go!

    Pandora

    4.5 10M+ Reviews
    100M+
    Free
    • 9,232 users said "great music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    • In App Purchases
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts
    • I have been using Pandora for so many years as a free app. I have also had premium for 3 months. I have always appreciated the adds were local and reasonably not disruptive to flow. Recently I have been annoyed by the adds. One is piercing repeated sounds at the intro. My recent one is political irritation. We just got bands like Tool to be on Pandora. Yay. A group that won’t sell out but honors the digital age. Then I see an add for chick fillet. A group which publicly announced plans for discrimination being financially backed. In a Trump era this feels like a slap to the face from Pandora. We have a right to support our values with our money. We have an obligation to use our time, talent, & tools to make our world a place worth fighting for. Playlist have always been a way to control the flow and boy do I want them back. I am currently unable to justify my want.

      christophrax
  • Spotify: Listen to new music, podcasts, and songs
    1

    Spotify: Listen to new music, podcasts, and songs

    Discover new music, listen to podcasts, and play songs from the artists you love

    Spotify Ltd.

    4.6 27M+ Reviews
    500M+
    Free
    • 20,133 users said "best music"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • 1M+ Reviews
    • Editor's Choice
    Spotify: Listen to new music, podcasts, and songs
    • I thought doing the update for the app was supposed to “correct any bugs or glitches and to help me be up to date with music. That doesn’t seem to be the case since here I am. As of lately app has been glitching more and more every time I do an update for the app. Sometimes I get “no connection” even though I am connected to my WiFi. When I turn off my WiFi it works for 1 or 2 songs then it acts up again. I then turn on my WiFi and it’s fine for 1 or 2 songs. Then I get that same “no connection” and I just close out the app then go back to it and even though I have WiFi and do not get “no connection” the playlist does not play. I downloaded this app because it seemed more convenient to use than Pandora. Now I’m debating on deleting the app and just sticking to listening to music on YT. Either actually fix the app to where no glitches happen or I am deleting this app...

      Word Charm Gamer

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