10 best free music apps for Android

by: Joe HindyApril 26, 2016
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Finding free music is a lot easier than it used to be. No longer is piracy the easiest way and you can listen to pretty much whatever kind of music you want without being resorted to going to the darkest parts of the Internet to get it. Streaming services pop up and go down every year, but there are a few that have managed to stand out above the rest. Let’s take a look at the best free music apps for Android!


Deezer best free music apps for AndroidDeezer

[Price: Free / $9.99/month]
Deezer has been around for a while and it’s a fairly solid music service. The free version of the service lets you use Deezer’s FLOW feature to discover new artists and you can listen to playlists and mixes based on your personal taste. It also has lyric fetching, unlimited playlist creation, and mixes based on individual artists. There is a premium version that gives you more features like higher quality audio, offline listening, and Android Auto support if you want that. The only caveat is that the application seems to be a little rough around the edges.

Get it now on Google Play!

deezer best free music apps for Android


google play music best free music apps for AndroidGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free / $9.99/month]
Google Play Music is an increasingly popular option thanks to its accessibility and the ability to upload up to 50,000 of your own songs to the cloud for easy listening. Of the apps on this list, this is the best option if you want to combine your current collection with an online service. The free version of Play Music lets you stream your music and listen to various curated playlists. If you get All Access, you’ll also get YouTube Red, on-demand playback, and more. The service also now includes podcasts for both free and paid users.

Get it now on Google Play!


iheartradio radio free music apps for androidiHeartRadio

[Price: Free]
iHeartRadio is one of the most popular free music apps out there. It’s a radio app where you can listen to a variety of stations based on your individual tastes and it also comes with seasonal radio stations and things like podcasts, talk radio, and comedy shows. It also includes AM and FM radio stations that support data streaming and you can even listen to news and sports. It’s a versatile application with a modern, Material Design UI and it comes with the little stuff like Chromecast support, Android Wear support, and Android Auto support.

Get it now on Google Play!

iheartradio best free music apps for Android


jango radio best free music apps for AndroidJango Radio

[Price: Free]
Jango Radio is kind of a wildcard in the free music space. It has a variety of music from both big names and independent artists alike. Unlike most, this service allows independent artists to pay for plays, meaning that you may hears a song that an artist paid to hear. This gives Jango its operating revenue which helps it stay free. Potential ethical implications aside, the experience is quite nice for people and it’s a good way to discover some new music.

Get it now on Google Play!

jango radio best free music apps for Android


Pandora Internet Radio free music apps for androidPandora

[Price: Free / $4.99/month]
Pandora has been one of the go-to music streaming services for millions of people for many years. It’s key feature is its simplicity and cross-platform support. You can easily jump right in and listen to music you enjoy on virtually any platform you can think of and your stations sync across all of them. The company has also made some interesting movies, including buying out Rdio for $75 million, it’s included on all of the “free data” promotions from carriers like T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile, and there is an optional paid version if you want more features.

Get it now on Google Play!

pandora best free music apps for Android


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slacker radio best free music apps for AndroidSlacker Radio

[Price: Free / $3.99/month / $9.99/month]
Slacker Radio is another popular option, although it doesn’t get talked about as much as some other services do. It boasts both free and subscription services that include music, shows, comedy, sports, and all kinds of other content for you to enjoy. Much like Pandora, it has strong cross-platform support and you can choose between creating your own radio stations for quick, easily listening or curated playlists created by Slacker. There is also a $3.99/month plan to remove ads and give you unlimited skips and a second $9.99/month plan to give you on-demand listening and offline playback.

Get it now on Google Play!

slacker radio best free music apps for Android


Soundcloud best free music apps for androidSoundCloud

[Price: Free / $9.99]
SoundCloud is a very unique option because it doesn’t just focus on what’s popular right now. In fact, literally any artist can upload to SoundCloud and that content can be played back by anyone. The service currently boasts 125 million tracks which is more than anyone will ever listen to, ever. It also has a variety of shows, podcasts, and other content to enjoy. The free version is mostly independent artists with the paid version getting you the more popular music by bigger names. If you go for SoundCloud, don’t forget to check out our podcast!!

Get it now on Google Play!

SoundCloud best free music apps for Android


spotify best free music apps for androidSpotify

[Price: Free / $9.99/month]
Spotify has been just great for music streaming and it’s among the most popular free music apps ever. It boasts a generous library, curated stations and playlists, and the ability to create your own stations and playlists if you so choose. The free version of the service isn’t as robust as the paid version, but there are still plenty of things to like about Spotify’s free service. The app also comes with some light Material Design, Chromecast support, and the tablet version actually has more features than the mobile version.

Get it now on Google Play!


TuneIn Radio free music apps for androidTuneIn Radio

[Price: Free / $7.99/month]
It’s true that TuneIn Radio is more known for its talk radio, podcast, and comedy radio offerings than it is for its music, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy free music on TuneIn. It boasts over 100,000 stations in total that covers almost every genre that you can possibly think of and that also includes AM and FM radio stations that can be streamed over data. There isn’t much of a reason to get the premium version for music alone, but it does also offer audiobooks, live sports broadcasting, and more.

Get it now on Google Play!

tuenin radio best free music apps for android


YouTube best free music apps for androidYouTube and YouTube Music

[Price: Free / $9.99/month]
YouTube has been a go-to place for finding music for years. You can find all of the biggest hits, the overnight sensations, and even a ton of independent content that you just can’t find anywhere else. Pretty much everyone uses YouTube so you know what you’re getting yourself into. It has playlists, on-demand playing, and it’s available for pretty much every platform. If you’re looking for just music on YouTube, we recommend trying out Youtube Music which seems to focus more on music-centric features. You can also pick up YouTube Red (along with Google Play Music All Access) for $9.99/month and get offline playback, screen-off listening, and no ads. Don’t forget to subscribe to Android Authority also!

Get it now on Google Play!


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  • Ben

    Blinkbox music

  • Mewtwo

    Really wish you guys would mention that you have to use “Shuffle Play” if you want to listen to music in Spotify. That just kills it for me, it’s basically a glorified Pandora. Premium is pretty much required. That and ads? Unacceptable.
    Not to mention, it’s $10 a month. That’s highway robbery, even Netflix doesn’t cost as much.

    • JosephHindy

      1. Ads aren’t that bad.
      2. Netflix doesn’t have 20 million TV shows and movies.
      3. The day $10/month becomes highway robbery is the day I leave the internet. $120/month is highway robbery. $10/month is two less trips to a fast food chain I get every month.

      • Captain Obvious

        1. Ads are always bad
        2. Spotify has 20 Million TV shows and Movies??? I must be looking at the wrong one….
        3. If Netflix can provide a vast amount of streaming movies and TV shows…as well as original programming… for $8 a month – I would agree with Mewtwo that $10 for nothing but music is indeed highway robbery.

        • $10 a month isn’t highway robbery. If you think $10 is too much to pay for access to almost every song out there, then you are cheap, and there is no way getting around that. You don’t have a sense of value. Netflix and Spotify are entirely different businesses, in two totally different industries.

          Both of these streaming services give you access to a vast amount of content, for a small monthly fee. Netflix being $2 cheaper is not really that big of a difference. For $2 you get two McDouble’s at McDonalds.

        • JosephHindy

          1. Ads aren’t bad when the service is free. That’s why people have the option to use it for free with ads or pay for it not to have ads. Without ads, most of these services wouldn’t exist because the majority of their users are free service users.

          2. Spotify has 20 million songs which is significantly more content (and a wider range of content) than Netflix (comparatively speaking).

          3. Considering that one album costs around $15 and singles cost $0.99, you would get your money’s worth using Spotify after listening to 15-20 songs. Most people can cover that in an afternoon.

          • Captain Obvious

            1. Ads are always bad – period.

            2. how are we measuring “content”? Size? cause i would be willing to bet that Netflix has more when you figure you can have 1,000 or so songs per DVD

            3. Considering that one 1080P movie costs $20+ you could cover Netflix by watching about 1/3 of a movie. Most people can cover that in a half hour.

            You are not going to win this one, it is too much money for what you get. It would be like trying to justify paying more for a scooter than a Cadillac and saying “well, it gets more mpg” … it still doesn’t make it worth more money.

          • JosephHindy

            No you’re just refusing to open your mind to the perspective of others. I never said Netflix was a bad deal. I simply said that Spotify is a measurably similar deal. You get waaaaaay more than what you pay for with both services. That’s why they’re both good deals.

      • Mewtwo

        1) they aren’t, but if I can’t pick what I want to listen to (which is the whole point of Spotify) and ads are pushed on to me every 2 songs then that’s a bit over the top
        2) they don’t have many because corporations (like movie companies and ISPs) and movie theaters don’t like Netflix. But music companies recognize that online streaming is the way to go with music, not to mention Spotify pays the people who own the music. Not sure end Netflix does this.
        3) Netflix is $7 a month for more content (you don’t watch a series in an hour but you can listen to an album in an hour). But I do admit, $10 isn’t highway robbery, it’s just a bit more than I would expect a similar service to cost.

        • JosephHindy

          An album costs $15. A single costs $0.99. Assuming you listen to 2 albums a day, every day for a month, you save yourself over $800 if you had bought all of those songs individually.

    • Alejandro González

      Holy shit dude, 10 bucks is robbery? You do realize you can get all the music you want for an entire month at the cost of just ONE CD? Seriously you guys make me sick. That’s not even a few beers out there.

      • Oh, and you can consume a lot more music than beers for that price :)

      • Mewtwo

        I can buy a CD and listen to it forever. But if I don’t pay $10 a month, I’ll lose access to the CD.
        But I really do like Spotify, the interface is great, the premium features are great I just wish the price wasn’t so high.

        • Alejandro González

          You totally missed the point. Your inability to put things in perspective is amazing. But it’s your loss, not mine. (and I’m not talking about Spotify, but about common sense).

      • JosephHindy

        Some people just lack perspective dude.

  • Technician

    And as usual , with the exception of soundcloud, none of them are available if you live in a third world country

    • JosephHindy

      You could always recommend apps that work in third world countries. That would’ve been way more productive.It doesn’t really do anything pointing out that I don’t share a geographical disadvantage with you.

      • Technician

        Sorry for coming off as a prick. The article is spot on and well written. But this category is almost always restricted in my country and i guess i took it emotionally. About apps that are available in my country ( Albania ) except for soundcloud i would also add deezer. But if i remember correctly this one comes off as a free one month trial before having to start a subscription service.

        • Alejandro González

          Being Mexican I can understand what you say. But tune it down a little bit. This is a blog published by people at the USA, so you obviously can expect to be very USA centered. And that is not a bad thing at all! Try to *also* browse other websites with probably more content relevant to your country. If you say there aren’t many, well, I’m also feel your pain there, but there’s little we can do. But ranting at the comments in a USA-centered website won’t get us new services in our countries, sadly.

          • JosephHindy

            I understand his frustration and I do try to recommend apps that work in other places. I was just commenting that his time would be better spent making me aware of said apps rather than expressing that I don’t. I already know I don’t know them lol. That’s why I ask for recommendations from the readers.

        • Itamar Baum

          I live in Israel and feel the same :(

      • Soumit Kr.

        Gaana and Saavn are the contenders for being the spotify for India. Also, there is a new kid in block named Wynk (also Indian) which is also great.

        • therocks

          i like wynk more as compare to two other but the problem with the wynk is that it eats too much bettery and cpu start getting lag even if you have 1.3 ghz.

        • Som Harsh

          among them gaana is the best it gives what we need the music on demand of whole world just like YouTube but without video and it the most price efficient among all the apps on earth for the premium content and they add missing song if you tell them that is because they provide the best service too

      • SPH

        I had the same issue here ( i live in Romania ) but i used some workarounds to get access to my favourite services.

        Spotify via VPN and Google Music via VPN and an Entropay card. BTW Google Music is not listed on your top 10…

    • Ezio

      Just use ‘Hola unblocker’ to make Spotify work

      • Kalabooni

        and every other app that works only in the US…

        • Roxy

          Hulu, Netflix , Pandora BBC

  • Anonymousfella

    I just use my stock music player app and Youtube. Does it for me!
    Btw most of these app like Spotify, Rdio aren’t available to users in other countries…

  • Carl Draper

    Oh and users beware Tunein sends sports ads to your Notification screen every now and then and ugh, a big EW to the use of the iPod image at the top of the page

  • Alex James Simon

    Guvera, play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guvera.android&hl=en Free legal music downloads, basically sponsors pay for your downloads for viewing a ad, which is actually just a music download page with the ad as a background, used it all the time, before I got All-Access. You get credits at random times, I once had 10+ credits at once. 1 credit = 1 download. 256kb MP3s, not bad for totally free legal music.

  • Michael Johnson

    I just use the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  • Victoria

    Last time I checked, Rdio wasn’t really free, it was just a trial which lasted a week or so, and then you have to pay for most of the features.

    • BZ

      yeah just like spotify and beats music which im currently testing to see how much i like it.

      • Victoria

        Like many others in this list, beats music cannot be installed in my country.

    • John Doe

      I have been streaming music on Rdio for several weeks now, and I have not paid a dime for it.. except for advertisements that I have to listen to every 3~4 songs ..

      • Victoria

        I tried the Rdio app today, and when I tried to open it, it just crashed instantly, no idea why and it still won’t open. I have an LG G2 and the older version used to work well on my Nexus 4.

  • Brandon Campbell

    Seems worth mentioning that Milk is ad free (why one would omit that in the article is puzzling) Also the YouTube option can be supplemented with an app that streams only the audio from the videos and can run while the phone is locked.

  • mikey407

    AccuRadio…which I find better than any of the others mentioned in this article.

  • I honestly think Spotify is the best music app out there, especially when you have premium. Having 320 kbps audio offline is nice, even though it does come at the price of storage space.

    I agree, shuffle mode on mobile sucks when you don’t have premium. I wish Spotify could have been able to do on-demand streaming with advertisements, but I’m sure that the music industry wouldn’t have been happy about that, and Pandora would have thrown a huge fit over it.

  • Glenn Yudenfriend

    What about radio tunes or DI radio with premium streaming?

  • Dennis

    Grooveshark

    /thread

    • JosephHindy

      If you have a link to Grooveshark’s official Android app (in Google Play) I’d love to have it. I couldn’t find it anywhere and I don’t recommend people go download APKs from random places.

      • Happy

        Why does it have to be an app? They have an HTML5 page for mobile which works great. I hate apps. I prefer html5s that are not installed on my device eating space and constantly updating although I use them once a year.

        • JosephHindy

          Lol because this isn’t the “best free music apps and one best free music HTML5 page for Android” bud :P

  • Matt

    If you are into EDM/House Music/Deep House I launched this last month:

    Audioboxlive DJ Radio

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audioboxlive.free

  • someguy

    how did Jango not make this list?!

    • JosephHindy

      An accident. Also I’d never heard of Jango…that’s why I ask readers for their opinion :)

  • Dicson Luna

    The best, the original, the native shoutcast player, was WinAMP. Full of features, easy to use, excellent crossfading, and yes, outdated by people who doesn’t care the legacy of building one of today’s internet standards.

    • JosephHindy

      I miss Winamp so much :( My llama’s ass hasn’t been kicked nearly enough lately.

  • Shazmcgraw

    Don’t know about country restrictions but there’s also Jango and Blinkbox Music

  • Roy Jensen

    What about Jango or Jamendo?

  • ram

    The most underrated app is 8 tracks.. If u haven’t tried it then do so.. Its amazing

  • Albin

    Agree with the post below on GrooveShark’s web site, especially that apps for pure internet services are a phone clogging nuisance. That said, I do have apps for Jazzradio.com and RadioTunes.com (former Sky.fm), which offer good curated stations. They all work in Canada, which Pandora and many others do not.

  • luisfl97

    There is also 8track, which is a great app for playlists! ;)

  • guest

    Pvstar+ is good for just listening to YouTube if you’d like to turn the screen off

  • David Schindler

    Check out Earbits. Like soundcloud, many new and independent artists. No commercials; they work on a different approach that encourages listener contact with the artists. Hard to explain, but check it out anyway.

  • Reap

    Rdio is by far the best! (Spotify being the worst)

  • Monique Leon

    Check out Qello Concerts – a free app for android, ios and windows, that let you enter the world’s largest music database http://qello.com/myq/get_app

  • app guy

    Wake up with your own music. Buy and sell musical creations. Make your friends phones play a tune :

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hearanyway.hearanyway

  • psychosane

    This one has an interesting way for playing around with playlists (mosic9):https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.memosaic.mosic9

  • stozzaudio

    Player pro is a killer app that lets you use usb dacs via otg. http://www.stozzaudio.com/latest/best-android-apps-for-audiophiles I mention it here with a list made at audiophiles but I have to say you bring up a ton of good apps that I didnt even know about.

  • julu shaka

    Listen to music from around the world for free!!
    You can view the video and listening to music by streaming!
    Listen&See makes it easy to discover, play and share the music you love on Android and the web.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dadler.defaultpakage

  • Jonson

    Check out CLiGGO MUSIC … totally free music streaming without commercial breaks AND @DaTrueDexter:disqus it is available in third world countries. Beside Android there is even an app for Firefox OS. Check it out, you’ll love it!

  • MahaliaCivale

    Would you like to try these free music apps for android in amoyshare site?

  • vmxr

    1- Nice
    2- no support
    3- no support
    4- it looks old
    5- no support
    6- no support
    7- ok
    8- no support
    9- ok
    10- nice

    ?????????

  • VAVA Returns

    Spotify FTW

  • Falcon

    I use soundcloud, absolutely love it. I have a playlist of 700 songs, just great stuff !!

  • Noah Jones

    Phonograph isn’t a streaming app but it has the best looking interface out of any music app I’ve used

  • sri charan

    Most of these apps are US and Canada only…. At the very least they don’t work in India….

    • vaibhav singhavi

      Spotify work just need beta app and vpn

  • Tiffany Green

    Google Play Music – Pandora – YouTube

    I am fine with just these three, however, who’s to say what the future will hold when it comes to streaming music and playing music you have saved to your own personal cloud storage ….

  • Kim Disipio

    I live six months in Canada and six months in the USA. Any suggestions on a music app that can be used in both countries?