10 best music streaming apps and services for Android

by: Joe HindyJuly 5, 2016

best music streaming apps for android
Music streaming has grown up tremendously since its inception and is now among the best ways to listen to music. Many streaming services let you listen for free, which has helped curb the need for piracy while artists still get at least a little bit for their work. It’s also easily accessible with a ton of options. If you’re in the hunt to stream some music, here are the best music streaming apps for Android! Please note, Groove Music and Tidal are great music streaming services, but their apps could use a little more work.

amazon music best music streaming apps for androidAmazon Music with Prime Music

[Price: Free / $10.99 per month / $99.99 per year]
Amazon Music is one of the most underrated music streaming apps. It boasts over 30 million songs which includes a catalog of music that you can purchase and download. You can also upload your own music and streaming it anywhere much like Google Play Music and Apple Music. On top of all of that, your Prime membership can be used for other things around the site, such as Prime Instant Video, free 2-day shipping, and more (based on your location). It’s a solid option overall and many people already subscribe to Prime for other reasons, which makes this basically free.

Get it now on Google Play!

amazon music best music streaming apps for android

Apple Music best music streaming appsApple Music

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $9.99 per month / $14.99 per month for a family plan]
Apple Music exploded onto the scene in late 2015 to mixed reviews. However, it has quickly become one of the best music streaming apps out there. It features 30 million songs along with playlists, a 24/7 live radio, and you can upload your music and stream it to your device. There is also a social component where you can follow artists and see what they’re up to. It has a variety of monthly plans, including individual plans, a cheaper student plan, and a family plan that supports up to six family members. The video below shows our comparison between Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music!

Get it now on Google Play!

google play music best music streaming appsGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $14.99 per month for a family plan]
Google Play Music is a streaming app that boasts over 35 million songs, which is among the most of any of the music streaming apps on the list. Subscribers also get a YouTube Red membership which lets them view YouTube videos without advertising along with some additional features. Aside from that, Play Music is known for its absurd number of playlists along with its Material Design inspired UI. You can listen for free, but you’re limited to just playlists while paid subscribers have full reign. It also has a $14.99 family plan that supports up to six people. The service also now includes podcasts.

Get it now on Google Play!

Google Play Music best music streaming apps for android

iheartradio best music streaming sites for AndroidiHeartRadio

[Price: Free]
iHeartRadio is a favorite for many users because it’s completely free (ad supported) and features a ton of content. The music service boasts over 1500 live radio stations that span a variety of musical genres. It also has talk radio if you’re into that and seasonal radio if you need Christmas music or something like that. You can create Custom Stations based on music you like and the service boasts a catalog of 18 million songs by 450000 artists. It doesn’t have the individual song control of Spotify or Google Play Music, but it’s right up with Pandora in terms of ease of use and convenience.

Get it now on Google Play!

iheartradio best music streaming apps for android

Pandora Internet Radio best music streaming appsPandora

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $54.89 per year]
Pandora is among the most popular music streaming apps out there. It’s supported on virtually every platform (including some vehicles) and it’s very easy to use. As a result, its popularity has skyrocketed over the years It’s a non-interactive platform which means that all you can do is skip tracks, give them a thumbs up, or give them a thumbs down. Free users can only skip so many tracks per day while paid subscribers can have unlimited skips. It’s only caveat is that it only features about one million songs (hand-picked) in their catalog. Most people don’t really notice, though.

Get it now on Google Play!

pandora best music streaming apps for android

best free android apps mobile gamingSee also: The best Android apps, ever!102

slacker radio best music streaming apps for androidSlacker Radio

[Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $9.99 per month]
Slacker Radio is an underdog in the music streaming apps realm, but it’s actually pretty good. The free version is similar to Pandora, with limit track skipping (six per hour) and the ability to create your own stations. A $3.99 per month subscription gets you ad-free listening, unlimited song skips, and offline stations. Those that go full price will get a Spotify-like experience with on-demand song playbacks as well as handmade playlists. As a result, the service is among the most versatile out there. The only potential caveat is that it has about 12 million songs, or about one third of what Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music have.

Get it now on Google Play!

slacker radio best music streaming apps for android

Soundcloud best music streaming apps for androidSoundCloud

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month]
SoundCloud is one of the more entertaining music streaming apps out there. For years, it was a bastion of independent media and you can find all kinds of stuff there. In early 2016, they launched SoundCloud Go, which gives you everything that SoundCloud is but also includes popular music from well-known artists. Consequently, that gives SoundCloud the largest library of them all with 125 million songs. It’s a solid overall service that also includes things like podcasts as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

SoundCloud best music streaming apps for android

spotify best music streaming apps for AndroidSpotify

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $16.99 per month]
Spotify is pretty much the undisputed king of music streaming apps. At least, it is for right now. It features over 30 million songs in its library and also has playlists (both handmade and curated), decent discovery tools, video content, and podcasts. Hence, it’s one of the most well-rounded streaming services out there. You can use it for free and you’ll have access to playlists but you’ll need to fork out full price in order to get the entire experience. It also includes a family plan that, like Apple Music and Google Play Music, is $14.99 per month for up to six people.

Get it now on Google Play!

Spotify best music streaming apps for android

tidal best music streaming apps for androidTidal

[Price: $9.99 per month / $19.99 per month]
Tidal is another interesting music streaming service. It claims to have the highest royalty payment rate to artists and boasts a catalog of 25 million songs along with 130000 music videos. The app has had its problems in the past, but it seems like it is improving. It also features regular (lossy) streaming or you can pay the $19.99 per month for the lossless (16-bit FLAC) streaming option. It also includes things like music history articles, offline mode, and more. It’s not the greatest, but it’s definitely getting better.

Get it now on Google Play!

tidal best music streaming apps for android

TuneIn Radio best music streaming apps for androidTuneIn Radio

[Price: Free / $7.99 per month]
TuneIn isn’t the biggest music streaming app ever, but it has a lot to offer. It’s a radio station based service that has over 100000 radio stations that include music, talk, comedy, sports, and other types of radio stations. There are also AM and FM stations for your convenience. If you pay the $7.99 per month, you’ll get access to 600 commercial-free music stations, no banner ads, and live sports. It’s an excellent overall option because of its generous offerings, but it’s not quite as musically inclined as many others on this list.

Get it now on Google Play!

tuenin radio best music streaming services for android

Related best app lists:

If we missed any of the best music streaming apps or services, tell us about them in the comments!To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • Are there any apps other than play music that can stream your google music? That would be an awesome app

    • JosephHindy

      There are a few in the Play Store (one is called Gmusic, I know that) but they are hard to find since the Play Music app does it pretty well already :)

    • Luis Amador

      yes it is called google play music all access 8 bucks a month/

      • LordOfFinance

        Only available in ONE country. Can you say alpha product?


    • slimdizzy

      BubbleUPNP can play your google music songs. Google Music jus at needs to be installed on same device.

  • Max Luong

    Just a correction to the article.

    Spotify doesn’t require a Facebook account any more.

    • Nick Schiwy

      I was just about to say this. And since that’s their major downside for the service, they might have to change its rank.

  • daveloft

    The best alternative to Google Play Music All Access is Rdio.

    • Mike Chiñas

      This is the one i use. I like to have my music even if i don’t have internet access.

  • Danny Youngers

    Where is MOG? Much better than Spotify on mobile

  • I got a full Spotify subscription with my phone for two years.

  • Fuck You

    Jango Radio is just like Pandora and Spotify, but free! Why isn’t it mentioned?

  • Kyle

    I’m surprised Slacker wasn’t mention on this article.

  • Brian Cooper

    I use Torch Music on my PC and it sadly doesn’t have an app so I think I’m going to wait it out!

  • milleph
  • swb

    come see this site:

    • crapo

      Informative and
      relevant as always. Look forward to reading more related post Caribbean

  • Thank amazing Apps !

    Check here to wach Film Streaming ;)

  • that is exactly what i’m looking for. thanks Film Streaming

  • You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post Streamiz

  • Thanks for such a knowledgeable post. Film streaming musiqueFilm en streaming musique rai

  • Jacob Machnam
  • Hans Pedersen

    I think there are two obvious missing ones there. Deezer is another service offering 16-bit FLAC, I think. While Qobuz is the only one I know of offering pure studio quality 24-bit lossless streaming.

  • Юрий Яцына

    Imho VK is the best. All of this / plus free.

  • Anyone remember Allofmp3 back in the early 2000’s? download whatever song you want in any format/bitrate you want, but only pay per mb. Those were great times..

  • B_Biffington

    Plex should be on this list!

  • vmxr

    on my android store :

    1- Not Available
    4- not available

    5- not available
    6- not available
    7- available
    8- not available
    9- not available

    10- available

    after taking a closer look at this between google and apple you know i should move to apple at least they provide excellent worldwide support

    • abazigal

      Yeah, hate on Apple all they want, one cannot not give them credit when it comes to the accessibility of their music services.

    • Alexandre Pelletier

      they are all available to me lol not our problem nothings available to u

      • vmxr

        yeah its not your problem you have the support you’re searching for thats why i said “i” should move to apple cause i get the support i need why products from a company that doesn’t support you well right ? :)

    • sri charan

      Same for me….I live in India, where do you live???

      Thinking of getting apple music as it it the only one available….Or should I wait and see as there are rumours that Google Play Music might launch in India soon????

  • Brad Fortin

    It would be nice to have an interactive map that showed which countries offer these services.

  • David Morales

    Youtube Music should really be up there. Disappointed.

  • Correction Agent

    Amazon Prime doesn’t provide 30 million – they only provide a million.

    • Verified Correction Agent

      Still not corrected. Good one Android Authority.

  • Leonardo Vigliola

    I personally use Tidido. Very comprehesive library, totally free, no ads (at least so far).