The best music streaming apps on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2015

The end of 2015 is looking pretty rough for music streaming services now thatRdio and Songza are shutting down.

With that in mind, we decided to comb through what's left to adise you on the the best remaining music streaming apps on mobile.

The best

Google Play Music

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-11-15 :: Category: Game


Google Play Music is hard to beat as a music service - both on its free and paid tiers.

Although it depends largely on having and maintaining your own music library, Google Play Music is by far the most reliable app for on demand playback of music, whether that be offline or otherwise.

The service also offers ad-supported radio without a subscription, but Google's subscription service really opens things up with access to commercial-free on demand streaming, YouTube Red, and more.

Honorable mentions

8tracks - Best Playlist Radio

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Released: 2011-04-11 :: Category: Game


If you want some free streaming and are all about discovery, playlists, and flow, 8tracks is for you.

Filled with tons of curated lists, 8tracks is really great for people looking to discover new artists or capture a specific vibe.

Although there are a lot of music services that offer streaming playlists for free (and much more) 8tracks has an edge by being one of the few streaming services that won't disturb your listening with audio advertisements.

Spotify - Music and Podcasts

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Released: 2011-07-14 :: Category: Game


Spotify is one of the most popular and ubiquitous music streaming services out there - and for good reason. It's got a robust set of features, you can use it anywhere, and it's got a ton of music.

The only real problem is its reliability. Because it's a service that asks you to forgo actually owning any of the music you'll be listening to, some of your favorite tracks might disappear, or the service might delete songs saved for offline listening due to their digital rights management policies.

When everything is working normally, Spotify is a great and powerful service, but these issues can be bothersome and affect both free and subscribing members.

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Tagged With: Music, List, Spotify, 8Tracks, Google Play Music
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