Best Music Streaming Services For Android: Anything Free?

Best Music Streaming Services For Android: Anything Free? on Freepps Top Blog

It’s good to have all your favorite tracks inside your smartphone or media player. But even the largest SD cards or internal chips are limited. And what if we want to hear something fresh selected by pros? That’s why streaming services are so popular around the world. They combine perfect digital quality, rich info, interactive features and that old good FM’s surprising spirit.

It’s only worth mentioning that each service creates your stations based on your preferences. It’s enough to select one or several songs you like, and the system starts playing similar ones. Now it’s a common feature for streaming services.

Did you think about Spotify on reading this? Well, you’re a part of the majority that prefers this service. But we can’t ignore powerful services like Google Play Music, Apple Music, Pandora or Amazon Prime Music. All these alternatives have their attractive sides. Let’s try to compare the most influent services with their pros and cons and make a reasonable conclusion.

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Apple Music

Free trial period: 3 months
Monthly price: US$9.99 (single user)/ US$14.99 (up to 6 people)             
Available: worldwide
Music database: 30+ million songs
Apple launched its streaming project on June 30th, 2015, but it quickly gained noticeable popularity (could it be the other way with iTunes and iPod inventors?) A successful decade in music selling has made Apple a great music store so music fans were ready to accept new Apple initiatives.

A good thing is that Apple ventures out of its ecosystem and makes its new service available on all mobile platforms. So Android users can taste Apple Music without shifting. There is also a good set of social features like Connect that brings artists and fans closer together.

Good for you if: you are already deep into Apple services and ready to add another one to your lifestyle. Music quality and database is as high as it can be in streaming. An intuitive interface would make no riddle for an experienced iTunes user.
Bad for you if: you are an Apple hater or The Beatles fan. For historical reasons, The Beatles are completely out of Apple’s catalogue.

Amazon Prime Music

Free trial period: 30 days
Monthly price: US$9.99 ($99/year)
Available: US, some European countries
In fact, it’s an ordinary music service though it’s closely connected with other Amazon services (movies, TV shows, books, apps and so on). It requires Prime account which is paid after a monthly trial. But you get much more than just music. You get full access to all other types of content and some preferences with buying physical items (2-day delivery, preference with lightning deals).

Another good thing is that you don’t have to use modified apps or dig into the file system to listen to your favorite tracks offline. This feature is built into the app from the start. And of course, you’ll listen to pure music without ads and annoying style shifting. Just what you like and what you select. But don’t be surprised if your request brings no results. Amazon's catalogue seems the smallest among the services.

Good for you if: you’re interested in other types of content (books, videos and so on) or you already have an Amazon account.
Bad for you if: you’re interested in music first of all. Or if you like some specific music not available in Amazon’s catalogues. Or you don’t want to enter your card number to start your trial.

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Spotify

Free trial period: 30 days
Monthly price: US$9.99 (for premium version)
Available: almost worldwide
Spotify is the big fish in music streaming ocean, so big that Apple or Google can hide in its shadow. Maybe the reason is beyond its enormous catalogue and powerful data centers but also in distribution models. 

You can use paid ad-free account or free ad-supported one. Anyway, you get access to all the songs available. Premium users also enjoy higher music quality and downloading any song to listen to it offline.
You can use the same account on your mobile device, PC or any device with a web browser.

Good for you if: you like it easy and rich.
Bad for you if: you live or spend much of your time somewhere out of Spotify-supported countries. Not that it’s impossible at all to use, but dealing with VPN to get connected can spoil your pleasure.

Google Play MusicFor Google Lovers

Google Play Music

Free trial period: 30 days
Monthly price: US$9.99 (single user)/ US$14.99 (up to 6 people)             
Available: almost worldwide
It’s one of the most powerful streaming services with good potential power. And being preinstalled on most Android devices is not the main reason. You don’t have to create a new account or enter your credit or debit card: most Android users have it already done.

Now Google Play Music offers one of the richest catalogues with 35+ million tracks you can listen to online or download. The service is integrated with Google Play store. A pleasant bonus is YouTube Red subscription that allows you to watch YouTube videos without ads. There’s also offline mode and full films and TV show episodes available.

Good for you if: you have already tasted Google integration or you are a YouTube fan
Bad for you if: you use modified Android without Google Apps because of paranoid mistrust.
 

Pandora

Free trial period: no (it’s free)
Monthly price: $5 (for premium account)
Available: USA, Australia, New Zealand
The only reason why Pandora is at the bottom of this list is its geographical policy that makes this great service available only to several countries. It’s one of the easiest services that lets you create your playlists based even on one song. You can download tracks, rate them, switch stations and even share them. Both free and premium services are ad-free (at least, there won’t be ads in the music).

The geographical limitations apply to Pandora’s catalogue. There are mostly mainstream artists popular in the countries Pandora works in. There’s another flaw in streaming: auto gain equalizing is off, so tracks can have different levels of volume as they are streamed, you’ll have to adjust it manually.

Good for you if: you live in the countries listed above (or installed a modified version) and you prefer global mainstream music.
Bad for you if: you live somewhere out of these countries and like artists from your local music market.
 
There are other services worth mentioning. But it’s hard to stand this competition. For example, Rdio, a service with a great lot of listeners, is about to be closed. The remaining streaming services would try to outrun each other and bring more features and better quality and user experience. For example, we didn’t mention Chromecast support as a standalone feature because all the apps support it now. Let’s hear what’s on.

Antoine DeGrasse

@freepps

Avid rhyme maker, master of ceremonies, lord of the phones. @tequillo



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    Artur
    1 year ago
    As for me Spotify is the best service fo mobile phones with smaller RAM as it's not buggy, and provides a good range of music.
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