Top Music Streaming Apps

Whether you want to get the latest tracks from your favourite artist, some ambient background music or a motivating playlist for a workout, music streaming apps have you covered.

Last updated: 16th Oct 2018 at 4:07pm

Spotify

Spotify has been around for over 10 years and has gained many fans making it one of the most popular music streaming apps. This music streaming service has an enormous library of music, with over 40 million songs. Not to mention other content including music videos, podcasts and music documentaries.

Spotify is very easy to set up! The huge music library, superb sound quality and stable performance make this one of the best music streaming apps for your smartphone!

What’s more, you can also create and follow friends playlists! The app uses algorithms to suggest new music and help you discover new artists. Furthermore you can listen across multiple devices such as phone, tablet, computer or Android TV.

There are multiple subscription options available:

  • Spotify Free - Includes ad interruptions, lower quality, excludes skipping tracks whilst offline.
  • Spotify Premium - Allows you to download music anywhere without ads, unlimited skipping through tracks and higher quality audio for £9.99 per month.
  • Premium for Students - For higher education students verified through the UNiDAYS app. Provides the same great service as a Premium Individual account but for half the price of £4.99 per month.
  • Premium Family - Provides the same features as an individual premium account for yourself and up to 5 people living at the same address. Meaning everyone in your household can enjoy unlimited music for £14.99 per month!

Apple Music

The Apple Music service is designed to work across all devices. It combines your library of downloaded music, purchased songs and tracks saved using the Apple cloud service. The app has a Library of all your music and there is a 'For You' tab that will pick tracks and other artists music for you to try based on what you like.

The Apple Music app includes Radio, which gives you access to a 24-hour live radio station and other radio stations. You can browse using the Search function to find music by genre, artist and more.

Siri will also work with Apple Music, so you can play tracks, search for or save music using voice commands. When you find music you like you can choose to add it to your library, create a playlist or find other music that is similar.

The combination of a streaming service, live chart updates, a music library of over 50-million songs and radio station allows you to have all of your music options in one place with this app. You can choose from a  monthly, yearly or family subscription to Apple Music.

There are multiple subscription options available:

  • Apple Music Free Trial - You can get a 3-month free trial before having to pay for this service.
  • Individual Membership - Stream 50-million songs ad free, download your favourite tracks, access entire iTunes library, podcasts, radio and stream across all of your devices for £9.99 per month.

  • Students Membership - For higher education students verified through UNiDAYS. Provides the same great service as a Premium Individual account but for half the price at £4.99 per month.

  • Family Membership - Provides the same features as an individual premium account for yourself and up to 6 people living at the same address for £14.99 per month.

Google Play Music

The Google Play Music app does not have quite as big a library of music tracks as other providers but it does have other advantages. One of those being that you can upload up to 50,000 songs to your library and play them across your Google account devices for free. Other music streaming apps usually cap this! The number of tracks you can add on Google Play Music is impressive.

The unlimited library and the ability to upload all of your current music collection to your account makes this one of the best music streaming apps available today.

A subscription to Google Play Music also gives you YouTube Music. A little extra a month will give you YouTube Premium with extra features on YouTube Gaming, YouTube Kids and more!

Subscription options include:

  • Standard - Store up to 50,000 of your own songs in your locker, access music anywhere without syncing. Ads and limitations included.
  • Unlimited - Ad-free, access 40 million songs, radio stations, YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube Kids, play offline and unlimited song skipping for £9.99 per month.
  • Family Unlimited - Allows 6-members access to an unlimited account for £14.99 a month.

Which Music App Is Right For You?

All the major music streaming services charge the same amount for premium memberships at approximately £10 per month. 

  • If you’re a student then both Spotify and Apple offer fantastic membership options for half the price of a standard subscription.
  • If you are looking for a free option and don’t mind a few limitations and a couple of ads here and there,  then Spotify and Google are your best bet.
  • If you are looking for a family account then Apple and Google offer better value for money allowing 6 people to join for £14.99 a month, whereas Spotify only caters for a family of 5. 

Make sure you download one of these apps and find which one works best for you! Happy Listening!

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