Listening to music on smartphones has changed a lot in a few years. Downloads and CD rips have given way to cloud streaming. Cloud streaming, of course, means that there's a wide variety of music apps available to help you enjoy your music, no matter how you like to collect and listen to your digital tunes.
Here are some of the best options for Android and iOS, from apps that let you access millions of tracks in the cloud, to those that manage the beats stored on your device.
The pioneer in the field of streaming audio content recently debuted in India. Within the first week of its release, it gathered around 1 million users, which reveals it’s craze in the country. Spotify is arguably one of the best music streaming applications available in the world right now. Its algorithms are deemed to perfectly curate content according to one’s interest. It allows you to stream millions of songs for free and there is a premium subscription of Rs. 129/month which allows you to listen to high-quality music, download them and have an ad-free experience. On subscription of the premium plan, the first month is free.
If you are a passionate listener of English music and like to take your music on the go, you might get the best experience out of this haven. Even the Indian music of different languages is quickly being added to the catalogue.
Google had recently replaced Google Play Music with YouTube Music as its flagship music player. This remains a work in progress, but the company seems dedicated to its plan. Since Youtube itself is a treasure trove of both official tracks or live performances, you’ll have access to some songs which are probably not available anywhere else. As an app, it’s UI is slick, intuitive and appealing to the users.
You can use the app for free, or if you want you can upgrade to YouTube Music Premium for Rs.129 a month. That'll remove the ads, allow you to listen to tracks even while the app's running in the background, and enable offline syncing, too. You’ll also get great recommendations based on your genre.
You might have heard about SoundCloud a lot. The Germany-based music streaming service is known for its massive library of songs created by independent artists. SoundCloud which is visited by roughly 170 million users every month poses is one of the best free music streaming services. It has been a reliable streaming service for growing artists who can upload 6hours of their content without any cost. Soundcloud allows its users to follow their favourite artist's profile, receive updates about them and in this way the artists can get recognition through this platform. Apart from songs and albums, the SoundCloud also has an extensive collection of audiobook and podcasts ranging across different genres. Here, you can find music in two sections: Charts, where songs list under ‘Top 50’ and ‘New & Hot.’ You can also choose your favourite genre to narrow down your search. Another section is Discover, where you can find song lists curated according to different moods.
You might have thought of Saavn as an indie based service but it was developed in the US. Saavn has been a popular name to music listeners for quite a long time now and it is one of the top grossing apps in the music category. It gives you unlimited access to Bollywood, English and regional content from Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam and Bhojpuri languages. You can create your playlists or play online radios according to mood, genre or artist. You will also find interesting podcasts under the title ‘Saavn Originals’. Another thing I like about Saavn is that if you are a JIO user, then you can set caller tunes from this app.
There is a pro version available for this app if you want to download your music and avail an ad-free experience for just Rs.299 per month.