Download Streaming Audio - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    41529 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

    (32-Bit) 12.2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    14011 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
    2199 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

    1.0.74.380

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Find, share and enjoy your favorite music online

    7
    3226 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
  • CherryPlayer

    2.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

    8
    345 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
  • Cricbuzz

    1.0.0.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Get the latest cricket news from India with Cricbuzz

    9
    61 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
  • Open Broadcaster Software

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

    7
    70 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
  • WO Mic

    2.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Turn your smartphone into a microphone

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

      varies-with-device

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Free Software for Music Lovers

      9
      46 votes
      • PROS: Great audio quality, Integrated with YouTube and other tools
      • CONS: Takes a while to set up, Limited non-musical content
    • MPlayer

      RC 2 1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Pocket PC
      Windows Mobile

      A great free player with support for hundreds of formats

      7
      380 votes
      • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Very fast response, Light on system resources, Extensive support for keyboard shortcuts
      • CONS: Dull interface
    • Voicemeeter Banana

      2.0.4.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Software for Audio Streaming

      8
      46 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
    • TuneIn Radio

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      iPhone

      The app of 100,000 radios

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

      1.2.4

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Digitally Change your Voice

      3
      86 votes
      • PROS: Change your voice with a variety of filters, Add background sounds and special effects for great audio clips, Available for Mac OS and Windows PC
      • CONS: Not a free program you must purchase a license in order to use this software
    • XSplit Broadcaster

      2.8.1607.1936

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      An amazing video and audio streaming tool

      8
      31 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
    • iWisoft Free Video Downloader

      2.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Download manager for streaming audio and video

      7
      83 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
    • GTA Radio

      1.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Listen to all the radio stations from Grand Theft Auto

      8
      100 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
    • RarmaRadio

      2.65

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Tune in to thousands of streaming radio and TV stations

      8
      55 votes
      • PROS: Thousands of stations to choose from, Neat, convenient station structure, You can record up to 10 stations at the same time, Also includes TV channels
      • CONS: Interface is quite basic, Recording functionality only works with radio
    • Tixati

      2.34

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Streamlined, effective BitTorrent client

      8
      148 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use, IP filter, Supports DHT, PEX and Magnetic Link, RSS management, Good advanced options
      • CONS: None so far
    • Octoshape

      1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Peer to peer streaming media server plugin

      5
      48 votes
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