Most are available free of charge, but many also feature in-app purchases and monthly subscription fees. Nonetheless, below are our picks for the best music apps, whether you’re looking to simply listen to music, learn musical skills, or create your own tunes. And before we start, don’t forget that music is best listened to with a good pair of cans
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Google Play Music
YouTube Music is a bit of an odd choice, since it just allows you to listen to music from YouTube, but with the screen off. Like normal YouTube, you’ll be interrupted by ads, but you can pay for a YouTube Red subscription for $10 a month if you want to listen ad-free. However, if you have a YouTube Red account, you already have access to Google Play Music’s entire catalogue, making YouTube Music only really any good for those extremely obscure releases you can usually only find on YouTube.
Definitely best known for its music-detection skills, Shazam recognizes songs and television shows in a matter of seconds, providing purchasing options and lyrics . It’s also a convenient means of streaming the tracks once they are recognized. Not really a stand-alone music app, Shazam works best alongside another streaming app, and gives you the option to open or purchase the song in Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, and more.
Amazon might have been late to the game, but its streaming app is pretty good. It allows access to a bunch of free songs, and your entire Cloud Player library, including uploaded songs and those you purchased on the site.
While it’s not really a full-fledged music streaming service, Vevo still offers a remarkable selection of music videos within its app. You can create genre-spanning playlists and stream live musical performances, or simply browse Vevo’s handpicked selection of HD videos and recommendations. When you sign up, you’ll be asked to select your favorite music genres and artists,
Designed for the audio aficionado, Tidal boasts more than 25 million lossless-quality tracks, an offline mode, quick access to music videos, tailor-made suggestions, and in-depth interviews covering everyone from Jack White to Jay-Z. Tidal has a massive amount of subscription options, split into Premium ($10 a month) for the standard service and HiFi ($20 a month) for completely lossless tracks.
Sometimes hearing isn’t enough. Qello Concerts lets you see it in action, granting you on-demand access to full-length concerts and riveting documentaries from the likes of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Lady Gaga, and countless others. It might seem like a limited amount of content, but trust us, 1,500 performances is plenty.
A lot of music streaming apps are free for a while, and then charge a fee, but Jango is completely free with no hidden costs. You can browse music, explore by category, or create your own station by searching for an artist. There are ads, but they are small ads that appear just under the album art and are not intrusive at all. You can also share stations with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Slacker Radio brings you curated music that you can customize to suit your own tastes. You can create and share your music stations, and the app also gives you access to news and sports. Some features are only accessible through a subscription. A Plus subscription costs $4 per month, and includes maximum audio quality at 320kbps, offline listening, and no ads.
Musixmatch boasts the world’s largest catalog of lyrics, and its dedicated app lets you listen to songs in your library with synced lyrics, including English-translated lyrics for songs in a foreign language. It also lets you search for song lyrics, whether by title or lyric, and helps you identify music playing around you with a simple tap.
Musi is a simple app that lets you add videos from YouTube and SoundCloud to your own custom playlists. The app will stream the music through iOS so you can use the regular volume and playback controls without having to keep the app open.
You can manually search for music or browse through the popular and trending songs, as well as look through the videos by genre or import already-made playlists directly from YouTube.
8tracks is another radio app for mobile devices that lets you listen to ad-free music through mixes that each contain eight tracks. You can browse through staff-picked mixes, featured, popular, and trending ones as well as share mixes, comment on them with other users, and like the mixes for recommendations of similar music.
Mixes can also be found by searching for an artist or by activity, mood, or genre. As you add filters like “happy,” and “summer,” mixes are instantly shown on the bottom of the screen from where you can start playing them instantly.
Red Bull Radio
You probably know Red Bull as a beverage company, but over the years it’s expanded to be much more than that. It’s now a global spots and entertainment titan whose portfolio of products includes Red Bull Radio.
This free radio app is built around the titular Red Bull Radio service, which features live radio, genre-specific channels, and over 50 regular programs. Included in that programming are recordings and live streams from major music venues worldwide, which is a pretty cool way to enjoy venues you can’t actually attend.
All of the apps on this list include all sorts of genres of music, including Latin music. But if that’s your primary interest, and want to dig deep into it, your best bet may be to download Uforia.
The app, which can be set to display text in both English and Spanish, offers access to over 65 Latin radio stations as they broadcast live. There are also has a number of streaming-only stations that are exclusive to Uforia. Discover these channels by city, genre, and language. There are also sets of playlists to match your moods and activities.
Streaming the official major-label releases from record companies on services like Apple Music or Spotify is great, but it’s far from the only place where new music debuts. In fact, if you’re really into hip hop, you know that there are tons of great mixtapes coming out of the underground and hitting the streets long before official albums get released.