Music streaming has grown up tremendously since its inception and is now among the best ways to listen to music. Many streaming services let you listen for free, which has helped curb the need for piracy while artists still get at least a little bit for their work. It’s also easily accessible with a ton of options. If you’re in the hunt to stream some music, here are the best music streaming apps and music streaming services for Android!
Amazon Music is one of the most underrated music streaming apps. It boasts tens of million songs which includes a catalog of music that you can purchase and download. You can also upload your own music and streaming it anywhere much like Google Play Music and Apple Music. On top of all of that, your Prime membership can be used for other things around the site, such as Prime Instant Video, free 2-day shipping (where applicable), and more (based on your location). It’s a solid option overall and many people already subscribe to Prime for other reasons, which makes this music streaming service basically free for those people.
Apple Music exploded onto the scene in late 2015 to mixed reviews. However, it has quickly become one of the best music streaming apps out there. It features 30 million songs along with playlists, a 24/7 live radio, and you can upload your music and stream it to your device. There is also a social component where you can follow artists and see what they’re up to. It has a variety of monthly plans, including individual plans, a cheaper student plan, and a family plan that supports up to six family members. The video below shows our comparison between Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music! What it lacks in features, it makes up for in availability in many countries which makes it a great option in places where these other services don’t go.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is a streaming app that boasts over 35 million songs, which is among the most of any of the music streaming apps on the list. Subscribers also get a YouTube Red membership which lets them view YouTube videos without advertising along with some additional features such as background play. Aside from that, Play Music is known for its absurd number of playlists along with its Material Design inspired UI. You can listen for free, but you’re limited to just the radio style playlists while paid subscribers have full reign. It also has a $14.99 family plan that supports up to six people. The music streaming service also now includes a quickly growing podcast platform.
iHeartRadio is a favorite for many because it’s completely free (ad supported) and features a ton of content. The music service boasts over 1500 live radio stations that span a variety of musical genres. It also has talk radio if you’re into that and seasonal radio if you need Christmas music or similar content. You can create Custom Stations based on music you like and the service boasts a catalog of 18 million songs by 450000 artists. It doesn’t have the individual song control of Spotify or Google Play Music, but it’s right up with Pandora in terms of ease of use and convenience. It’s also one of those music streaming services that are available on most platforms, even gadgets like smart TVs.
Pandora is among the most popular music streaming apps out there. It’s supported on virtually every platform (including some vehicles) and it’s very easy to use. As a result, its popularity has skyrocketed over the years It’s a non-interactive platform which means that all you can do is skip tracks, give them a thumbs up, or give them a thumbs down. Free users can only skip so many tracks per day while paid subscribers can have unlimited skips. It’s only caveat is that it only features about one million songs (hand-picked) in their catalog. Most people don’t really notice, though. In early 2017, they will coming out with Pandora Premium, a new music streaming service that will rival the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. We included the price above ($9.99 per month), although the service won’t be available at the time of this writing.