Music Streaming Apps

Music is a major part of our lives, and we can’t go without having our favorite tracks on our smartphones. However, due to storage limitations, we have to skip adding a few songs just to fit the ones that we love more. Thankfully, with the world of music streaming apps, we don’t have to worry about that.

Currently, there are many to choose from, and it is becoming tougher to choose just one app from the lot. In this article, we’ll cover the top five music streaming apps and what’s good & bad about them. Let’s begin!

Spotify

The name “Spotify” instantly pops up in our mind whenever someone talks about music streaming. The app has been there for quite some time, and it has managed to retain its spot even after the debut of Amazon Music and Apple Music. There are more than 30 million tracks available on Spotify that will satisfy even the most eccentric of listeners. It also has unique playlists depending on your mood or a particular artist whose songs you want to listen to. Overall, the app is easy to use, and it offers good audio quality, too.

Pricing

Regarding the pricing, Spotify is free for those who do not want to store offline music and also do not mind all those advertisements. If you are a picky one and do not want any disturbance while listening to songs or choosing one in the app, then go for the premium plan on Spotify that costs $9.99 per month. Spotify typically runs a special promotion for new users, so do a quick Google search first if you want to save a few bucks.

The Good & The Bad

We found Spotify pretty cool for discovering new music and artists without much struggle. The interface of the app is also easy to use and does not distract you while searching for music.

The only shortcoming is that Spotify has been slammed in the past by artists like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift for their business model, which at times has lead to some artists catalogs not being available.

Apple Music

Formerly Beats Music before Apple acquired Beats Electronics in 2014, Apple Music could be easily tagged as the most anticipated service when it launched. The app did not garner positive reviews during its nascent years, but lately, Apple has brought substantial changes to the app. These changes have made the app interface different and added more features that were really needed. Also, Apple struck exclusive collaborations with some of the major artists such as Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, and much more.

Pricing: The service is available for $9.99 per month for both iOS and Android.

The Good & The Bad

Apple Music is best suited for iPhone users as it merges your iTunes library with the app. The app shows most relevant song suggestions based on your taste and preferences in music. You can also use Siri to search for songs on Apple Music.

Sadly, iOS 10 failed to bring good changes to the app as the interface remains confusing. At the time of this writing, the Android app for Apple Music has an average rating of 3.4 stars.

Tidal

Tidal is one of the music streaming apps owned by rapper Jay-Z. The audio quality of the app is one of the best in the industry. Similar to Apple Music, Tidal also has exclusive collaborations with the artists. One of the obvious artists on Tidal is Beyoncé, who is Jay-Z’s spouse and debuted her “Lemonade” album exclusively on the platform. Being owned by a known artist of the music world, Tidal has got some of the best exclusive tracks.

Pricing: The normal version of the app costs $9.99 a month, and the premium high quality audio costs $19.99 a month for both iOS and Android.

The Good & The Bad

The big selling point is its high quality audio, which could be a deciding factor for those with audio equipment that can actually take advantage of it. Live streaming of concerts is also done on Tidal and of course, the exclusive presence of Jay-Z and Beyoncé is guaranteed. It also houses discographies of some of the major artists such as Prince and Neil Young.

On the other hand, the problem with Tidal is the interface, which can offer up too much information at a given time. There are bugs and stability issues on the app, as reported by many users on Play Store and App Store, but it slightly edges out Apple Music in the review department.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud has been one of the most talked about online music destination for independent artists. It houses the original works of most young artists. It provides the freedom to listen to all kinds of songs that you can’t find anywhere else. So, if you are one of the music lovers who like to listen to fresh melodies and artists, then SoundCloud is your go-to app. The best part about the service is that any user can upload his/her songs on the platform.

Pricing: Free with ads or $9.99 per month for the premium version, SoundCloud Go, which offers offline listening and is ad-free.

The Good & The Bad

The good thing about SoundCloud is the freedom to hear new artists and their raw work. Probably the best way to find new kinds of music.

The app’s interface could be made better at discovering new tracks and artists. There are limited number of options in the discovery section, which makes it difficult to find user-uploaded music.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music comes pre-installed on most Android phones. The service stores all the music tracks present in the internal storage of the phone. It also has a streaming option which comes with a library of around 35 million songs and a few radio stations. When you subscribe to Google Play Music, you also get access to YouTube Red.

Pricing: Free with the ability to upload up to 50,000 songs from your personal music collection or $9.99 per month for the ad-free streaming service.

The Good & The Bad

It properly integrates your personal collection with the streaming content. The library is well stocked with songs. A good option for Android fans who want one service for their personal and online music.

One of the drawbacks of the service is its inability to search for public playlists. Also, if you’re one to share music often with friends on social media, the seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter is non-existent.

Conclusion

We believe that these music streaming apps are the best of the lot. The likability of these apps majorly depends on what’s your music preference and your taste in design. While they all offer up a different look, the selection of music doesn’t vary by too much.

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Zara Ali
A 90's kid, who has witnessed the evolution of technology - from landline to smartphones. Been there, used that! Love trying out new gadgets and writing about them.