Mobile music streaming became more than a tool, in many ways it turned into a set of trends. There’s a plethora of music apps out there, all featuring different interfaces, styles and discovery methods.
We all prefer different types music streaming services, but we thought we should give you a list of our favorites. Finding the right music app is hard. We know you will appreciate at least one of these, though.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is one of my personal favorites. It’s a great option for those who already have a music collection and/or are not too much into discovering new songs. After using many other streaming services, I realized I wasn’t really getting my money’s worth.
I just kept listening to my all-time favorite songs over and over. I may buy a song here and there, but it’s usually not enough for me to justify paying a monthly subscription. Google Music is my perfect fit, as it allows me to upload all my music and access it from my smartphones, tablets, computers and other smart devices.
It allows you to store 20,000 songs for free, which is not a bad deal at all. Oh, and if you do like to discover new music and need something a little more internet-based, you can also pay for the All Access subscription. You get access to over 18 million songs and it only costs $10 a month.
- Download Google Play Music from the Google Play Store
- Download Google Play Music from the Apple App Store
iOS users who want something more native and don’t want to download extra apps can take a look at iTunes radio. It works very differently compared to Google Play Music. It’s much more similar to services like Pandora.
You can listen through DJ-curated playlists classified in genres, as well as playlists created by a single song. The system would then look for similar songs and get you some good jams.
Best news? iTunes Radio happens to be completely free! The service is ad-supported, but you can get rid of that by subscribing to iTunes Match. It’s completely optional. Any iOS 7 (or above) device can use it, as well as the desktop and Apple TV apps.
Spotify happens to by my second music streaming service of choice. I use it in conjunction with Google Play Music and it works perfectly. Spotify allows you to search through a massive portfolio of music and create your very own playlists.
It’s an awesome service because it was among the first to offer a free experience that didn’t actually suck. Yes, it does support ads, but offers a complete experience on the desktop.
I will have to say the mobile experience is a bit more limited. The application limits your actions. You have a limit on how many times you can skip songs, can’t download or “cache” them and you can’t choose specific songs. Oh, and there are still ads, of course.
You can unlock the full experience for $10 a month. I choose not to, but it may be worth it to many of you.
- Download Spotify from the Google Play Store
- Download Spotify from the Apple App Store
- Download Spotify from the Windows Phone App Store
Of course, we can’t forget about Pandora. This is the service that really took song matching and genre playlists. Pandora is simple. You pick a genre, band or song that you like and the system will find similar songs. Oh, and you get a limited number of skips.
In a way, it forces you to discover new music, while curating songs to something similar to what you already like. I love using it for random road trips and slow weekends at my pad.
You can also pay $4.99 a month for a better service. This includes the removal of ads, added skips, premium quality, custom skins and more. Not really a bad dea if you like the random nature of the service.
- Download Pandora from the Google Play Store
- Download Pandora from the Apple App Store
- Download Pandora from the Windows Phone App Store
Sony Music Unlimited
Sony may not be the first option you think of when you go looking for an app, but they are a powerful force in the music industry. Their service offers a 22-million portfolio of songs – one of the largest in the industry.
The downside about Sony Music Unlimited is that it has no free option. Either you pay $10 a month or you are out of the game. It’s a great service and does offer great integration with other Sony devices, though. That’s definitely something to consider.
- Download Sony music Unlimited from the Google Play Store
- Download Sony music Unlimited from the Apple App Store
There is nothing like free services, even if ad-supported. Regardless, nothing is really free, and sometimes you just don’t want to keep listening to ads. I always recommend Deezer to those who want no compromises, yet would like to save some bucks.
Deezer does have full playlist support, making it more similar to Spotify and Play Music All Access. It also touts a whopping 30-million song library, which is outstanding. The price? You can get rid of ads and a few limitations by paying $5 a month. You can also pay $7 for more features, including the ability to download music for offline listening.