Top 5 Best Streaming Music Apps

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There are tons of streaming music apps out there. Some are free, while others demand a subscription fee. Sorting through the vast number of streaming music apps can be difficult. We’ve rounded up five of the best options out there. If you’re a streaming music junkie, these awesome apps will help you get your fix.


1. Pandora

Check out the video above to see TechnoBuffalo’s review of Pandora.

Pandora was one of the first streaming music services to explode onto the scene, which explains why so many people continue to use it to this day. You can use Pandora on your mobile device, on your computer, or on select set top boxes like the Roku player. You can elect to stream Pandora for free, or sign up for ad-free Pandora One for $4.99 per month. Pandora uses a streaming interface that lets you give a song a thumbs-up or a thumbs down. The more feedback you provide in a given channel, the better your experience will be.

Want more info about this app? See how Pandora stacks up against Spotify in our streaming music app comparison.


2. Spotify

Check out a review of Spotify in the video above.

You can enjoy Spotify tracks for free on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. You also have the option to join ad-free Spotify Premium for $9.99 per month, which also works offline. If you are a student, you can get Premium for just $4.99. Sprint customers can get three or six months of Spotify Premium for free. The sound quality in Premium is also better than regular Spotify. There’s also a Discover mode, which helps you to identify new music you might like based on what you’ve listened to in the past. You can listen to selected artists, albums and playlists.


3. Google Play Music/Google Play Music Key

Check out the video above from AskTheAndroidGuy, who argues that Google Play Music might be better than both Spotify and Pandora.

With the upcoming release of YouTube Music Key, Google Play Music will soon be rebranded as Google Play Music Key. While that may be quite the mouthful, this service is definitely worth checking out. One subscription fee is expected to cover both Google Play Music Key and YouTube Music Key services. The Google Play Music app lets you enjoy unlimited songs and unlimited skips. One nice perk is the ability to add up to 20,000 of your own songs from your personal music collection to your Google Play Music collection: ideal for fans of imports, older music, or indie tracks that other streaming services don’t stock.


4. iTunes Radio

Learn more about this streaming music service in the video above.

iTunes Radio can be accessed through iTunes, or through iOS 7 and above. It also works via the Apple TV. You can enjoy DJ-curated or genre-specific radio stations, or build your own station around a favorite song. There are also tons of featured stations that help you track the artists and songs that are getting hot right now. If you stop playing a station on one device, you can pick it up on another. The interface is user-friendly, and will appeal to music fans of all ages.


5. Songza

Get a tour of the Songza app and its features in the video above.

Recently acquired by Google, Songza offers curated streaming music based on a number of factors. When the app starts up, it recognizes the day of the week and the current time, and then offers channels based on that information. One thing that makes Songza really cool is how the service partners with celebrities. Justin Bieber has made playlists on Songza in the past, for example. Another celeb curator is Ke$ha. Songza is free to use, but you can join Club Songza to go ad-free. The cost joining Club Songza is $3.99 per month.