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Music apps have been growing in popularity over the years. Many have evolved to include millions of different songs, podcasts, radio stations, and playlists that cater to different styles and tastes. We no longer face difficulties trying to find an artist among all of our music apps. Now, you can discover just about any type of music on your device. These are the overall best music apps for Android and iOS platforms: 

Spotify

Known as the best and most favored music app, Spotify has well over 350 million users on the platform as of 2021. Its user-friendly interface and algorithms allow users to discover new artists, podcasts, or songs whenever they wish to. Spotify also has an unlimited amount of audio tracks that you can add to your liked songs tab. Their streaming bitrate runs at 320 Kbps, offers exclusive podcasts, and gives you the ability to connect with other users on the platform. Spotify is accessible through free or subscription-based streaming. 

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Pros: 

  • Offers unlimited personal library size 
  • Offers over 70 million songs available 
  • User-Friendly 
  • Available on iOS, Android, and desktop
  • Connects with other uses  

Cons:  

  • Only a paid subscription gives you all of its perks
  • No lossless audio

Youtube Music  

Youtube Music launched in 2015 as one of Youtube’s derivative products. It has a very clean and user-friendly interface, making it easy for anyone to navigate the platform. Youtube Music differentiates itself from other music apps by offering over 60 million songs and music videos in their catalog. Music and videos can be streamed through the free version of the app, although you may have to sit through a few ads. Youtube Music also offers a subscription that allows you to download for offline listening.   

Pros: 

  • Offers music videos and many unique songs
  • Simple and clean interface
  • Allows you to follow an artist to see their new releases and music updates  

Cons:  

  • Average sound quality
  • Discovery algorithms need improvement
  • The free version has many ads and can’t be used simultaneously with other apps

Amazon Music 

Amazon Music is a great addition to the Amazon conglomerate. This music app has over 2 million songs that stream at 256 Kbps, is ad-free, and can be synced with smart speakers like Alexa. Amazon Music is also free with an Amazon Prime subscription. For a monthly subscription fee, you can get Amazon Music Unlimited. This upgraded music app allows you to stream over 70 million songs.

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Pros: 

  • Offers 2 million songs for free
  • Integrates with smart speakers
  • No advertisements 

Cons:  

  • Average sound quality
  • Only available to Amazon Prime subscribers
  • Only certain artists and albums are available for listening 

Apple Music

Apple Music is another popular music app, despite it being more prominent among iOS devices. The Android version of the app has some technical issues, although it remains functional. The iOS version of Apple Music seems to be well-received, has a well-laid-out interface, and seamlessly syncs to other iOS devices. It is similar to Spotify, where its algorithm curates specific playlists and recommended songs for every user. It streams music at 256 Kbps and limits every user to 100,000 songs per library. This app is also not offered as a free version. 

Pros: 

  • Offers over 50 million songs, podcasts, radio stations, documentaries to pick from
  • Great discovery algorithms 
  • The paid subscription comes as a family plan

Cons:  

  • Average sound quality
  • Not very functional on Android
  • No free version

Soundcloud

Soundcloud has made a name for itself by creating a unique platform for new and emerging artists. It’s the perfect app if you’re looking to branch out to find undiscovered music. The free version of this app is great on its own, offering over 120 million songs, remixes, podcasts, and more. Soundcloud can also be personalized by creating your own playlists, obtaining curated tracklists, and connecting with creators and friends on the app. The app is also available under a paid subscription, allowing you to listen to music without advertisements. 

Pros: 

  • Offers over 120 million tracks, podcasts, remixes 
  • Great for discovering up-and-coming artists
  • Great selection with the free version

Cons:  

  • Mediocre sound quality
  • A lot of advertisements for the free version

Tidal 

Tidal sets itself apart from other competitors by offering supplementary services through the app. This includes accessibility to music-related editorial pieces, early ticket releases on music or sporting events, and curated themed playlists. They market to true audiophiles that are looking for high-quality audio for their music streaming. This app also offers over 60 million soundtracks in lossless audio. The Tidal app isn’t free, but it comes with different subscription options for its users. 

Pros: 

  • Offers over 60 million lossless soundtracks, music videos, podcasts, and documentaries 
  • High-quality audio
  • Offers music-related editorial pieces
  • Offers early ticket releases to sporting or music events

Cons:  

  • Can be expensive 
  • No free version 

Deezer 

Deezer is an overall great music app if you’re looking for a simple and straightforward app. The library size offers a whopping 56 million songs but only allows you to like 1000 artists and albums at a time. Although its discovery algorithm doesn’t compare to those of other music apps, it still offers a lot of good content to listen to. They provide listeners with a variety of songs with lyrics, music videos, live radio, and podcasts that play at 128 Kbps. This app offers a free and paid version of its service. The free version does give you full access to their library but runs many ads. 

Pros: 

  • Offers over 56 million songs, videos, podcasts, and live radio
  • Is offered in a usable free version
  • Easy-to-use

Cons:  

  • Lower sound quality
  • Not optimal for discovering new content

LiveXLive

Originally launched as Slacker Radio, LiveXLive is a unique music app that allows users to make and share their customized music stations. This app merges live music streams with their own expert DJs to make a very well-produced platform. LiveXLive also offers personalized music stations and unique playlists through a user-friendly interface. The app is offered as a free or paid subscription service. 

Pros: 

  • Offers curated playlist and music stations 
  • Hosts expert DJ on their radio stations 
  • User-friendly interface

Cons:  

  • Limited library selection 
  • A lot of advertisements on the free version

Conclusion 

Although these services offer millions of different soundtracks on their platforms, most audio cannot be used in everyday practice. If you’re looking for royalty free sfx or music for personal projects, other platforms will allow you to download those sounds for use. The music apps mentioned above are a great option to explore new music or artists, entertain yourself with a podcast, or listen to your favorite songs and stations.