23 Best Free Music Apps for Android

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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23 Best Free Music Apps for Android


Deezer has been around for a while and it’s one of the better free music apps. The free version of the service lets you use Deezer’s FLOW feature to discover new artists and you can listen to playlists and mixes based on your personal taste. It also has lyric fetching, unlimited playlist creation, and mixes based on individual artists. There is a premium version that gives you more features like higher quality audio, offline listening, and Android Auto support if you want that. The only caveat is that the application seems to be a little rough around the edges.Free Music Apps-1

Google Play Music

Google Play Music is an increasingly popular option. Its hallmark feature is the ability to upload 50,000 of your own songs for personal streaming. Of the free music apps on this list, this is the best option if you want to combine your current collection with an online service. The free version of Play Music lets you stream your music and listen to various curated playlists. The paid version comes with more perks, but the free version isn’t half bad. The service also now includes podcasts for both free and paid users.Free Music Apps-2


iHeartRadio is one of the most popular free music apps out there. It’s a radio app where you can listen to a variety of stations based on your individual tastes and it also comes with seasonal radio stations and things like podcasts, talk radio, and comedy shows. It also includes AM and FM radio stations that support data streaming and you can even listen to news and sports. It’s a versatile application with a modern, Material Design UI and it comes with the little stuff like Chromecast support, Android Wear support, and Android Auto support.

YouTube 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.Free Music Apps-3


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.Free Music Apps-4

Amazon Music

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.Free Music Apps-5


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,Free Music Apps-6

Jango Radio

Jango Radio is kind of a wildcard in the free music apps space. It has a variety of music from both big names and independent artists alike. Unlike most, this service allows independent artists to pay for plays, meaning that you may hears a song that an artist paid to hear. This gives Jango its operating revenue which helps it stay free. There are some potential ethical issues. However, there aren’t any ads on the service and it’s a good way to discover some new stuff.
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Pandora Radio is another one of the most popular free music apps. It’s key feature is its simplicity and cross-platform support. You can easily jump right in and listen to music you enjoy on virtually any platform you can think of and your stations sync across all of them. Their content library has grown a lot over the last few years. The experience overall is extremely positive. They also have a full, on-demand streaming service for those who want a Spotify style experience without leaving Pandora. The free stuff still works fine, though.
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Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio is another popular option, although it doesn’t get talked about as much as some other free music apps do. It boasts both free and subscription services that include music, shows, comedy, sports, and all kinds of other content for you to enjoy. Much like Pandora, it has strong cross-platform support and you can choose between creating your own radio stations for quick, easily listening or curated playlists created by Slacker. There is also a $3.99/month plan to remove ads and give you unlimited skips and a second $9.99/month plan to give you on-demand listening and offline playback.
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SoundCloud is one of the more unique free music apps because it doesn’t just focus on what’s popular right now. In fact, literally any artist can upload to SoundCloud and that content can be played back by anyone. The service currently boasts 125 million tracks which is more than anyone will ever listen to, ever. It also has a variety of shows, podcasts, and other content to enjoy. The free version is mostly independent artists with the paid version getting you the more popular music by bigger names. Most people who use this for free music are looking for those indie artists anyway so it’s a good option.
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Spotify has been just great for music streaming and it’s among the most popular free music apps ever. It boasts a generous library, curated stations and playlists, and the ability to create your own stations and playlists if you so choose. The free version of the service isn’t as robust as the paid version, but there are still plenty of things to like about Spotify’s free service. The app also comes with some light Material Design, Chromecast support, and the tablet version actually has more features than the mobile version.
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TuneIn Radio

It’s true that TuneIn Radio is more known for its talk radio, podcast, and comedy radio offerings than it is for its music, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy free music on TuneIn. It boasts over 100,000 stations in total that covers almost every genre that you can possibly think of and that also includes AM and FM radio stations that can be streamed over data. There isn’t much of a reason to get the premium version for music alone, but it does also offer audiobooks, live sports broadcasting, and more.
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YouTube is probably the world’s most popular free music app. You can find virtually anything you’ve ever heard of. Every band ever has a presence on YouTube. You can also find official music videos, live shows, and even local bands from time to time. You can also make playlists, get recommendations, and a lot more. People can also kill two bird with one stone if you do happened to get YouTube Red because that also comes with a Google Play Music subscription. Even without money, though, this is the free music app worth trying. YouTube may get its own music streaming service sometime in 2018. We’ll let you know if that happens.
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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.Free Music Apps-14

Qello Concerts

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.Free Music Apps-15

Jango Radio

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.Free Music Apps-16

Slacker Radio

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.Free Music Apps-17


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.Free Music Apps-18


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.Free Music Apps-19


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.Free Music Apps-20

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.

Uforia Musica

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.


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