LT Wright has several computer certifications and is the parent of a teenager who loves music.
Streaming is becoming the most popular way to listen to music nowadays, and there are many free and paid services available. This is a list of several available streaming apps that are available for Apple or Android mobile devices.
Full Streaming Services
Full streaming services offer access to catalogs of around 30 million songs, which can be downloaded for offline listening. They also offer radio stations, and most offer a way to listen to local files, so you can play any music you've purchased.
- Amazon Music Unlimited: Offers multiple listening options. Prime Listeners pay less than non-prime. Offers student, individual, and family plans. There's also a plan for use on Echo or Echo Dot devices.
- Apple Music: There's a three-month free trial offer giving users plenty of time to decide if they like the service. Offers student, individual, and family plans.
- Deezer: Get three months for $9.99. Offers student, individual, and family plans. There is also a Deezer HiFi option.
- Pandora: Best known for its streaming radio, Pandora Premium offers a full streaming service with individual, student, family, and military plans.
- YouTube Music (replaces Google Play Music): This is a great deal because it also comes with YouTube Premium, which allows access to special content and downloadable videos. In addition to videos, YouTube Premium can be used as a music listening service because users can make and download playlists. YouTube Music offers 30 million songs, and users can upload their own music. YouTube Premium can be used for listening to remixes, live recordings, and fan covers that aren't available on the music service.
- Napster: Napster used to be called Rhapsody and offers personal radio, individual, and family accounts. There is also a Kids version, Napster KIDS, that only plays clean music. Any account can be switched to a kid-friendly account.
- Spotify: This is the most controversial but also the most popular streaming service. Spotify has a lower payout to labels and artists per stream due to its generous free plan. Free ad-supported listeners provide only 20% per stream of what a paying Premium user provides in per-stream payouts. The free ad-supported plan does come with restrictions like lower quality audio and no download feature. Free users can only listen to albums and playlists on shuffle. Premium plans are available for students, individuals, and families with six accounts.
- Tidal: Tidal's claim to fame is its high-quality Lossless High Fidelity (Hi-Fi) sound quality. The service offers multiple plans, including student, individual, family, military, and first responder in both regular and Hi-Fi audio format.
Popular Streaming Radio
Streaming radio services offer a mix of songs based on artist or genre. Unlike the full services, you can't choose what albums or songs you want to listen to, and you can't download for offline listening.
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- AccuRadio: Provides multiple playlists for multiple genres for free. Categories include niche genres like Brit Rock, French Pop, Cabaret, and underground punk, in addition to more popular genres like top 40 pop, R&B, rock, and country. AccuRadio has about 2 million listeners per month. Stations are available by app or online and come with unlimited skips.
- Jango: Another free, ad-supported service that plays songs based on artist or genre.
- Pandora: The best-known of the popular streaming radio services. There is a free service with a limited number of song skips. A paid service that costs $4.99 a month allows unlimited skips, offline stations and is ad-free.
- unRadio: Napster's radio service. It costs $4.99 a month. You can personalize using artists or songs. There are no ads, and you get unlimited skips.
- Deezer Free: Shuffle play only with 56 million songs (mobile only).
- 8tracks: You can make your own playlists or listen to playlists made by others. The app and website can be organized by mood, artist, genre, or activity. Some of the songs have clearly been ripped from YouTube, so quality can vary, but this is a great music exploration app.
- AH.fm: The app and website focus on techno, trance, and dance music.
- Bandcamp: This is a website that allows independent artists to upload and sell their music. You can listen for free on the website and listen to purchased music using the app.
- DI.fm: Digitally Imported is for fans of electronic music.
- Earbits: Brings you the best independent music from around the world, hand-curated and served up hot with all the trimmings.
- iHeartRadio: The iHeartRadio app provides access to live iHeartRadio stations all over the US. It also provides artist stations. The artist stations are ad-supported.
- Magnatune: Offers 1300 free "Classical, New Age, Electronica, Jazz, World, Ambient, Hip Hop, and Alt/Electro/Hard Rock" albums. At the end of each song, you'll hear an announcement about their paid version. If you pay the monthly subscription fee, the announcements will be removed.
- SoundCloud: This app and website is a popular place for indie artists and up-and-coming artists to share their work. Royals by Lorde broke through and became a #1 hit thanks to the free SoundCloud version being shared on forums.
- Spinrilla: This is a free service for hip-hop fans. It provides thousands of mixtapes. Only DJs who are invited can place their music on the service.
- YouTube & YouTube Premium: You can listen to music using the YouTube app, but it has some restrictions. You can't listen while your mobile device is turned off, and you can't download songs. YouTube Premium allows downloads for offline listening and viewing. You can also listen while the device is off.
© 2017 LT Wright
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