Download Streaming Audio - Best Software & Apps

  • iTunes

    12.8.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    14876 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

    12.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    2421 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

    1.0.85.257

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Find, share and enjoy your favorite music online

    8
    3401 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
  • YTD Music Downloader Pro

    1.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Save your favorite streaming videos or audio music from youtube onto your computer with this software

    8
    66 votes
    • Google Play Music

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Access music offline or streaming online

      7
      203 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
    • Open Broadcaster Software

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

      8
      92 votes
      • PROS: Great free software with all the bells and whistles of a paid program, Support for Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and other popular services, Huge library of plugins all available for free, along with the source code, on GitHub
      • CONS: Open source usually means slower releases for newer operating systems and hardware. Expect to have less up to date support
    • CherryPlayer

      2.4.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

      8
      414 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
    • WO Mic

      2.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      iPhone

      Turn your smartphone into a microphone

      7
      142 votes
      • PROS: Save on microphone cost, Multiple connection methods
      • CONS: Not compatible with iPhone, Only for use with Android OS
    • Wynk Music

      1.3.2.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      iPhone

      Listen to Hindi and international hits on your smartphone

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

      1.0.0.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Get the latest cricket news from India with Cricbuzz

      8
      107 votes
      • PROS: Live streaming scores and commentary, Audio commentary of matches in different languages
      • CONS: Lacks video streaming of matches, Content-heavy interface slows down live features
    • MPlayer

      RC 2 1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Pocket PC
      Windows Mobile

      A great free player with support for hundreds of formats

      8
      415 votes
      • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Very fast response, Light on system resources, Extensive support for keyboard shortcuts
      • CONS: Dull interface
    • GTA Radio

      1.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Listen to all the radio stations from Grand Theft Auto

      8
      132 votes
      • PROS: Includes stations from six GTAs, Lots of great music and chat radio, Generally smooth streaming
      • CONS: Poor audio quality, Station navigation could be better
    • XSplit Broadcaster

      2.8.1607.1936

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      An amazing video and audio streaming tool

      7
      42 votes
      • PROS: Simple, easy-to-understand interface, Effective combination of video sources, Good value for money
      • CONS: Doesn't work well with all capture cards
    • Voicemeeter Banana

      2.0.4.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Software for Audio Streaming

      8
      56 votes
      • PROS: Free to download and use, Huge number of useful features
      • CONS: Can be tricky to get to grips with, Several hours of required to learn
    • mSpot

      1.5.10.97820

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      Mac

      Listen to the music on your PC from anywhere

      5
      7 votes
      • Live.ly

        2.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        iPhone
        Android

        Does Live.ly hit the right mark?

        8
        5 votes
        • PROS: High quality streaming, Share your ideas visually at an instant's notice, Find and make a network of fans
        • CONS: Requires you to enter a phone number, Some latency issues depending on location
      • Octoshape

        1.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Peer to peer streaming media server plugin

        5
        48 votes
        • TuneIn Radio

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Android

          The app of 100,000 radios

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

          3.0.80

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows
          Mac
          Android
          iPhone
          Windows Phone

          A free streaming app for the modern world

          9
          14 votes
          • PROS: Easy to use, Tons of features, New features are frequently added
          • CONS: Online TV is limited to free broadcasts
        • iWisoft Free Video Downloader

          2.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Download manager for streaming audio and video

          7
          88 votes
          • PROS: Easy to use, Monitors browsing for media, Keeps a capture history, Can download multiple videos simultaneously, Works with all popular media formats
          • CONS: Doesn't allow you to select multiple files, Doesn't include a format converter
        Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
        #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
        12.4.14147.6Windows
        21.0.85.25734017.5Windows, iPhone, Mac, Windows Phone
        3RC 2 1.04157.5Windows, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile
        412.8.0148766.9Windows, Mac
        512.7.324216.7Windows
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