What are the best resources for listening to music?

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    #1Deezer

    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

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    #2VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

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    #3Resonic

    Resonic
    Resonic is an ultra-fast audio player and sample browser, built around a big waveform view. It is extremely handy for wading through large numbers of music and sound files and is unmatched in browsing large sample or music collections fast. Every important part of Resonic is optimized for performance and usability.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

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    #4Apple 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

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    #5Pandora

    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

    Lawrence Simpson
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "Me personally would be spotify. This solution involving Pandora just doesn't seem great too me."
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    #6Google 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

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    #7Napster

    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

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    #8Bandcamp 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

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    #9Amazon 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

    Doris Brown
    Written on July 8, 2017
    "Amazon Music is a good resource for listening to music. Some of the music you can get is free but some of it charges a small fee. I think you can find the free stuff if you wanted or just listen to whatever you want."
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    #10Spotify

    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

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    #11Tidal

    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

    Luz María Caballero
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "Tidal is a great resource if you want something other than Spotify. It's probably the 2nd most popular. You can get all the Beyonce and Jay Z songs from this website if you are really big fans of them. A lot of their stuff isn't on Spotify. "
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    #12iHeartRadio

    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

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    #13Bandcamp

    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

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    #14MusicBee

    MusicBee

    MusicBee is considered one of the best music player/manager for Windows. This software lets users manage, find, and play music files stored on their computer.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jose Simmons
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "I guess it all depends on how and where you want to listen to your music. This service might not be great for jogging, driving, or a great many other things, but if you're on your computer, this system provides a lot of features"
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    #15Last.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

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    #16iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

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    #17Microsoft 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*

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    #18Staimusic

    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

    Paolo X
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "In Staimusic you can listen all kind of music genres in streaming for free."
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    #19Slacker 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. 

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    Free- Varies by plan

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    #20foobar2000

    foobar2000

    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC, and more. It has a friendly user interface layout, and it also supports full ripping CDs.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free

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    #21Microsoft Groove Pass App

    Microsoft Groove Pass App
    This app allows to download and listen to your music in OneDrive and offers a large music catalogue with a monthly subscription. It is a good solution to manage and listen to the music you have uploaded on Onedrive.

    *The link is no longer available*

    Apps

    Jack Lopez
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "The Microsoft Groove App lets you listen to a variety of music on your phone from the music catalog at microsoft. It has some free songs though also lets you purchase a subscription for unlimited listening. It's a good app with lots of music."
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    #2225 SWEDISH INDIE POP MUSIC PLAYLISTS

    25 SWEDISH INDIE POP MUSIC PLAYLISTS

    25 SWEDISH INDIE POP MUSIC PLAYLISTS is a page on the 8tracks website that has different playlists with songs by Sweden's indie pop bands and artists. It's a great way to listen to and discover new Scandinavian artists you might not have heard of before.

    Websites

    Free

    Judith Mason
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "I can't say this is the best one. It is kind of an odd choice. I mean if you really want to hear some Swedish music, then sure, why not? But there are better places for music overall."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for listening to music
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DeezerApps 32 Free
2VLC Media PlayerSoftware 28 Free
3ResonicSoftware 27 Free
4Apple MusicApps 25 Free
5PandoraWebsites 22 Free
6Google Play MusicApps 21 Free
7NapsterWebsites 19 Free
8Bandcamp AppApps 18 Free
9Amazon MusicApps 17 Free
10SpotifyApps 16 Free
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