Downloading and saving music on your phone or computer is a thing of the past. Today, you can stream almost any music you want. Here are our top picks for free music streaming apps on Android and iPhone.
Spotify is one of the most extensive music streaming services in the world with over 30 million tracks in its library and over 83 million paying users. You can listen to ad-supported music for free on shuffle (which is similar to using a radio app). Finding and listening to tracks is also possible, but is limited in the free tier.
Pandora is another internet radio style app (just like most of the apps on our list). Enter the name of an artist, genre, or a song and Pandora will create a station just for you. The more music you listen to and rate, the more Pandora understands your tastes and recommends music based on them. It’s a great way to discover new music.
Although Pandora is free, you’ll have to create an account to listen to music. The free plan is also ad-supported and lets you skip a limited number of songs per day.
We discussed iHeart Radio in our piece on the best websites for streaming music where we mentioned that iHeart Radio is part of the iHeartMedia group and they run over 850 channels across the US.
With its mobile apps, you can listen to live radio, news, podcasts and even create your own radio station based on your musical preferences. You don’t need to create an account to listen to music, and there are no audio-commercials that interrupt your music. But, you can only skip a limited number of songs per day.
Google’s recent changes to YouTube has turned its premium services into various tiers. YouTube Red has been replaced by YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, the latter designed just for music. If you’d like to know more about the changes, you can read all the juicy details here.
If nothing else, YouTube Music feels a lot like Spotify. You can search for songs, listen to playlists, and so on. They also have a great selection of music from independent artists. You also get the power of Google’s advanced search; you can search for lyrics or even describe the song to find it in YouTube Music.
SoundCloud offers a great way to enjoy and discover new music. You can find some of your favorite music there, but that’s not SoundCloud’s focus. SoundCloud lets independent artists upload and host their music. When you use SoundCloud for the first time, you might see a lot of random music. But, the more you use it, the more it will learn and recommend music based on what you already love.
SoundCloud has millions of tracks that you can listen to, but the lack of mainstream music can be a dealbreaker for some. If you prefer listening mostly to well-known artists, then you can give SoundCloud a pass, but we would still encourage you to give it a shot.