What are the best music streaming services?

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    #1Pandora

    Pandora

    Pandora is powered by the Music Genome Project, which is the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken. It offers personalized radio that is constantly evolving alongside your music tastes.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Hannah Parker
    Written on October 25, 2018
    "The very first music streaming service i used was Pandora as i like to listen to radio and i even am a Plus subscriber. I know there are other services out there available but i just keep coming back on this. "
  2. 26

    #2Apple Music

    Apple Music

    Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service offered by Apple. It is available for download on Android and iOS. It lets you stream songs, download tracks for offline play, and access exclusive content. A free trial is available. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Matthew Gray
    Written on October 25, 2018
    "Out of all the streaming services i've tried i always keep on coming back to Apple Music. Maybe because i prefer to buy/download the music of the artists i listen to to show my support to them. Aside from that as far as i know there is a three-month free trial of it which isn't like most streaming services out there which is just less than a month or so. "
  3. 25

    #3Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Aaryan Rathore
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "I used to love Spotify. I still like it but the ads have gotten a lot more intrusive over the past few years. You can't even avoid them on the desktop platform any more. I wouldn't recommend this unless you have a spare ten bucks a month to get the premium version."
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    #4Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Jack Hunt
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "There are so many music streaming services out there but not many are any better than google play music. You can store your own music which is better than most other streaming companies. Plus its google so you figure you're getting the most of any music that is available. "
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    Free Trial

    #5Amazon Music

    Amazon Music

    Amazon Music is a music streaming platform and online music store operated by Amazon.com. Streaming is free with a Prime membership, it can be operated hands-free via Alexa, and Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to millions of songs. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Wayne Santos
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Among music streaming services Amazon Music is not as good as others in my opinion. They lack some of the features that I look for as when I am using a music streaming service it is usually during a time that I want to be able to let my selected music play and continue doing my work. Amazon Music requires too much constant user interaction to keep the music playing. Other that that their library is very extensive and impressive."
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    #6Deezer

    Deezer

    Deezer is an online streaming music platform offering offline listening through premium and family plans with a monthly subscription. It's free to listen online, with some restrictions. It is available for mobile devices on Android and iOS.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Samuel Martin
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "To understand what this app offered in more detail, I went ahead and installed the app. I loved that the app allows you to download the music I like so when I am out and about or just taking my daily walks around the track. Keeping my data low and still listening to the music I like offline is a plus in my book. I loved that this streaming service has literally millions of millions of tracks. "
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    #7iHeartRadio

    iHeartRadio
    iHeartRadio is a broadcast and internet radio platform that offers music streaming, live radio stations, podcasts, and playlists. It broadcasts AM and FM radio stations both local and international. It has a Premium upgrade that is ad-free.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ann Tang
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I did not like the additional step of having to create an account. That is my only drawback with this application. The install itself was easy. The app is easy to use. There are many stations to choose from and i can save songs as i listen as well. "
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    #8Last.fm

    Last.fm

    Last.fm is a music website, formerly a radio streaming service, based in the United Kingdom. It tracks all the music its users listen to from their music services from Spotify, Deezer, Google Play and more. 

    Websites

    Free

    Frank Barnett
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "Last.fm is one of the more interesting music streaming services out there. It will make recommendations based on what you like which lets you discover all sorts of new music. It is really good for listening to radio stations from across the county too."
  6. 14

    #9Bandcamp App

    Bandcamp App
    The Bandcamp app allows bands to reach to their listeners and offers them the possibility to download for free or for a variable price their records and songs for offline listening.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christopher Morales
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "I like Bandcamp App because it allows you to hear bands that you might not hear anywhere else. Its a music streaming service for the little guys which I like. You can buy their stuff if you like it and download their songs."
  7. 14

    #10Staimusic

    Staimusic

    In a few words, Staimusic is exactly what you are looking for when you want to listen to some music but you can't decide any song, artist or album. The initial test of Staimusic is easy and stimulating, and the playlist is just exactly what you need. 

    Websites

    Free

    Eric Carroll
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "This site seems like it is fairly well designed and offers a variety of different features. It is not a site I have heard of before, so I don't know if it is as good as better known streaming services, but it might offer something I haven't seen before in those services as well."
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    #11SoundCloud

    SoundCloud

    Soundcloud is a platform where artists can post their latest music, and people can follow musicians and receive alerts when they upload new tracks. When you like a song you can check out similar tracks using the Related Tracks function.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Bryan Williams
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "This site did not solve my problems with finding streaming music as well as I hoped it would have. One issue was that many tracks had quality issues - the default quality was low, and no other versions were available. Another was that it was not that easy to find new music on this site compared to other locations. I feel like other sites in this category perform better."
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    #12Tidal

    Tidal
    Tidal is a music service with high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos, and a curated editorial by music journalists, artists, and experts, making for a highly enjoyable experience.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Justin Morris
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "If you haven't checked out Tital, you absolutely should. There is a ton of music on there you can't find anywhere else. Plus, its designed by Jay Z, need I say more? The audio quality is also higher than a lot of other music streaming services."
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    #13Slacker Radio

    Slacker Radio

    Slacker Radio will give you access to millions of hours of your favorite music, providing customized song selections just for you. You will be able to discover new songs of your favorite music genre, as this app will provide songs similar to the ones you like. 

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Adam Andrews
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "I was looking for a way to listen to my music without burning through data when I'm on the go and this may be it. I'm hesitant to commit to a pay subscription service, but the reviews I read were mostly positive. I'm willing to give it a shot but I'd be interested in a free trial first. I wish the site contained information about how to try the app out risk-free."
  11. 9

    #14Bandcamp

    Bandcamp

    Bandcamp offers a platform where musicians can release their music. Accordingly, it is chock full of great new music for you to discover in its aptly named Discover section. It is available on the web or as an app for Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Other Platform, iOS, Android

    Free

    Vihaan Subramanium
    Written on June 12, 2017
    "I was looking for a place to stream music which is different than Pandora or Spotify. I went to Bandcamp and was instantly surprised by the huge selection of artists available. That said I was dissapointed there wasn't an option available for subscription streaming so i don't have to purchase a song to be able to stream it. I would hoping for a bit more of an open platform for on demand streaming on Bandcamp is not that unfortunately."
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    #15Mixshake

    Mixshake

    Mixshake is a personalized internet radio in which you can choose from different music styles to create a customized radio playlist. 

    Websites

    Itay Cohen
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Mixshake is set to change the way music lovers listen to and experience music. Mixshake is completely free of ads or interruptions and offers an easy to use, yet, powerful streaming music player that puts the user in control of their experience. Mixshake is built with preset genres that the user can fine tune, then generate a custom playlist that will play continuously, and the user can choose to adjust the tuning of genres and watch the playlist change dynamically in real time. Music is played using a video, which is rare among other similar platforms. The player is functional across users’ devices so no loss of functionality occurs. This simple, yet efficient and fun way to listen to music is something that will get music lovers smiling with joy. There are more genres to fine tune and other features forthcoming to make this free player even more irresistible."
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    #16Microsoft Groove

    Microsoft Groove
    Play ad-free music from one of the biggest catalogs on the planet. Create playlists and custom radio stations based on artists you love. It also allows you to add the music you have in clouds like one drive, the cloud service from Microsoft and listening to it via streaming.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Christian Price
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "I found the interface to be well thought out and intuitive but the streaming quality and performance were lacking. Often it took too long for streams to start and they had a habit of cutting out unexpectedly. The app shows promise but the bugs need to be worked out."
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    #17Napster

    Napster

    Napster is a music-streaming website. It gives an ad-free access to millions of songs and is available on different platforms. Users can create and share original content like videos and playlists and play available radio stations.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Bertha Córdova
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "Spotify really went down on their services and I started shopping around for a new music streaming service. I was sick of them bringing features, then getting rid of the features, then bringing them back, then taking them away. There also seemed to be updates every day that didn't really help any of the app. I came across Napster, now I am an "old timer" and remember the internet just starting to be a thing. I also remember Napster being a file sharing service and not a music streaming site, HOW THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED! Nostalgic thoughts flooded my mind, Metallica trying to shut it down. Made me wonder if Metallica was a part of their music catalog. Curiosity bite and I downloaded it and I have to say, it's a great service!"
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    #18Open Broadcaster Software

    Open Broadcaster Software
    Open Broadcaster Software, also known as OBS, is a free and open-source program for video recording and live streaming. It supports YouTube, Mixer, and Twitch platforms. It is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    TECH TRENDS
    Written on June 6, 2018
    "OBS IS A GOOD SOFTWARE WHICH ALLOWS THE USER TO STREAM LIKE A PRO"
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    #19YouTube Music

    YouTube Music
    YouTube Music is a music streaming app developed by YouTube that allows for downloading music to both iOS and Android devices. It features music streaming based on genres, playlists, and recommendations.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    John Martinez
    Written on October 25, 2018
    "YouTube Music is just getting more popular nowadays i still remember that Youtube made this for their users who love to use YT as their main source of music and yeah i am guilty of that. The first time i tried it i was really impressed. You have to use your Youtube account to use this btw as your song list is based on all your liked videos. "
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    #20Jalso

    Jalso

    Jalso is a free app for mobile devices which offers free and unlimited access to Gujarati songs. It has a user-friendly interface for an easy music streaming experience, with a huge selection of songs and a radio too.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Ryan Riley
    Written on June 18, 2018
    "I decided to give this music service a try after being frustrated by other streaming services. For a unknown service it's very easy to use and I had few problems. I can see things getting better but it does have some problems with latency."

Summary

Best What are the best music streaming services
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1PandoraWebsites 30 Free
2Apple MusicApps 26 Free
3SpotifyApps 25 Free
4Google Play MusicApps 23 Free
5Amazon MusicApps 21 Free
6DeezerApps 19 Free
7iHeartRadioApps 19 Free
8Last.fmWebsites 18 Free
9Bandcamp AppApps 14 Free
10StaimusicWebsites 14 Free
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