Download Music Streaming - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    44198 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Good hotkey support, Easy to use, Very flexible and lightweight, Integration with web channel streaming services, Improved interface in version 3, More format support in version 3, Plays BluRay and HD, Completely free!
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • iTunes

    12.9.2.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    15486 votes
    • PROS: Simplified interface, Apple Music streaming service, Improved playlist creation, Curated and automatic radio stations
    • CONS: Limited file formats supported, Amost overwhelming number of features!
  • iTunes 64 bit

    12.9.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    2571 votes
    • PROS: Simplified interface, Improved playlist creation, Curated and automatic radio stations, Apple Music streaming service
    • CONS: Limited file formats supported, Amost overwhelming number of features!
  • Spotify

    1.0.89.313

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Find, share and enjoy your favorite music online

    8
    3475 votes
    • PROS: New iPod sync and MP3 download features, Organize your music in customizable playlists, Share collaborative playlists with friends, Streaming radio with filters, Social features: friend list, Facebook connect, Import your MP3 files into the program
    • CONS: You'll have to put up with ads in the Free version, Individual songs can only be paid with credit card, Some songs are not available for download
  • Spotify Music

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    The music you want, when you want it

    7
    222 votes
    • PROS: Large music library, Great sound quality, Excellent music discovery options, Slick interface, Offline mode (for premium subscribers)
    • CONS: Battery killer, Not great with weaker data connections
  • YTD Music Downloader Pro

    1.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free program for Windows, by Bytewise Computer Solutions.

    8
    89 votes
    • Google Play Music

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Access music offline or streaming online

      7
      281 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use, Simple setup, Offline and online usability
      • CONS: Requires data connection for best use, Will import artist even if already on device
    • Gaana Music Bollywood Songs  Radio

      7.8.6.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      A Free Music Streaming Service That Gets Its Tunes Right

      7
      29 votes
      • PROS: Plethora of songs, Free and available across multiple platforms
      • CONS: Streaming could stutter at times despite a solid connection, Regional music collection can be expanded
    • Wynk Music

      1.3.2.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      iPhone

      Listen to Hindi and international hits on your smartphone

      7
      53 votes
      • PROS: Streaming millions of songs, Curated playlists for song discovery
      • CONS: Contains ads, Requires paid subscription to access all content
    • CherryPlayer

      2.4.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

      8
      423 votes
      • PROS: Huge library, Good audio quality, YouTube and Last.fm integration, Opens Amazon.com MP3 store to purchase tracks, Trending tracks
      • CONS: Messy interface, Some videos require you to register to watch, No video/audio converter
    • SoundCloud

      14.12.18-43

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Mac
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Record your sounds on the go - then share them!

      9
      33 votes
      • PROS: Quick to record and share audio, Thriving community of users, Facebook integration
      • CONS: Activity and Stream feeds were temperamental in our tests
    • AllCast

      2.0.2.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      iPhone

      Accessing Media Across Platforms

      6
      10 votes
      • PROS: Watch media from devices to TV, Supports most DLNA renderers, Share media contents
      • CONS: Requires a TV Player connected with the device first, Only 5 minute viewing limit, Media played depends on devices’ contents
    • YMusic

      3.1.3

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Now You Can Turn Your Phone’s Screen Off and Still Listen to YouTube

      9
      7 votes
      • PROS: A horde of useful features, Free service
      • CONS: Not a real YouTube Red substitute, Isn’t integrated into YouTube
    • TuneIn Radio

      1.0.1.587

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Streaming music, news, podcasts and more

      6
      327 votes
      • PROS: Tons of radio stations, Local broadcasts from major cities, Well organized interface, Intelligent search, Podcast support
      • CONS: Radio station icons are hard to read, No skipping, No recording features
    • TVexe TV 5.0

      tvexe-tv-hd

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Watch TV directly on your PC with TVexe

      8
      45 votes
      • PROS: Supports a lot of channels from other countries, Can search by genre, Has over 1255 stations, Has a video tutorial available
      • CONS: Awful design and interface, Media player is too simple, Slow response, Channels may not be available
    • Samsung SmartView

      1.5.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      iPhone

      View TV the smart way with Samsung Smart View

      7
      90 votes
      • PROS: Handy remote control on your phone, View video, photo and music content on the TV, Very easy to use once set up
      • CONS: Can be tricky to set up
    • Pandora One Desktop App

      2.0

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Discover new music from your desktop

      6
      87 votes
      • PROS: Better music quality, No ads or commercials, Customized music discovery experience, Great music inventory
      • CONS: Only available with paid subscription, App is very small
    • SAM Broadcaster

      2016.4

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Create your very own online radio station

      7
      834 votes
      • VEVO

        2.0.20

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android
        iPhone
        Windows Phone

        Browse your favourite music videos and content

        9
        27 votes
        • PROS: Thousands of videos, Receive artist notifications
        • CONS: Contains ads, Can’t play content offline
      • TuneIn Radio

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        The app of 100,000 radios

        7
        173 votes
        • PROS: Lots of stations , Good design, Multiple sorting options , Allows you to save your favorites
        • CONS: Classification isn't always accurate
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