There has never been a better time for music lovers, with services like YouTube Music, Jay-Z’s Tidal, Apple Music, and Spotify giving you access to all the tracks and artists you love. But there are some great lesser-known alternatives, and here five best free music apps we think you should try.
TuneIn (Android|iOS|Windows Phone|Windows)
TuneIn is the perfect service if you just want to put on some carefully selected background music. This online radio service that gives you access to stations around the world, all you have to do is search for stations by content type, format, and musical genre. There are even options to follow specific stations and users to make sure there is always something playing that you want.
Deezer (Android|Windows Phone|Web)
Deezer is a music streaming app with a model very similar to the all-conquering Spotify. But despite the competition, this French app has remained popular thanks to its wide range of features. Among its many options you can upload your own music, discover playlists, and find new releases or popular mixes to match your tastes. And yes, you can do all this for free – only having to pay to remove the ads or to play saved music offline.
If you have ever used YouTube as your mobile music player, you know that when the screen goes off, so does the music. Here is where you should try Humm, an app that offers many of YouTube’s features in an easily accessible format. After telling it what kind of music you like, Humm recommends music for you, even curating you some default playlists. You can also create stations from the available tracks. iOS users can try Musi (iOS) for a similar experience.
VEVO (Android|iOS|Windows Phone)
Music is even better with images, and if you want music videos there really is only once choice: VEVO. Thanks to a distribution agreement between some of the biggest names in music – including Sony, Universal, EMI, and Google – this great app provides instant access to the latest releases. That’s right, with VEVO you can see popular music videos when and where you want to. Create playlists, share videos, and enjoy hours of content.
But, if you have been paying attention, you may have noticed that every app up to this point has basically been a streaming service in its free form. That is not the case for our final pick which lets you play your music offline: Google Play Music. The premise is wonderfully simple, after setting up an account, you can sync up to 50,000 tracks from your tablet, mobile phone, and PC to the cloud. You can then easily download and share this music with any of your devices to be played at your leisure offline.
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