In the world of smartphones, there’s widely accepted saying - There’s probably an app for it. This standalone statement might seem odd on its own but the fact of the matter is that if something needs doing, there’s definitely an app for the job. So, if you’re the kind that doesn’t fancy storing music on your smartphones and wish to access virtually any music, anywhere - there are many apps for it.
Without burdening you smartphone’s memory, these apps can help you skip genres, artists and in many languages, at the touch of an icon. Given how far smartphones have come, we’re spoilt for choices and options. So go on and check out our assortment of some of the top 10 apps around for music streaming.
As a unit that always insists on listening to music from a good source, we had to start with one of the best and most popular hi-res music streaming apps in the world - Tidal.
A haven for audiophiles on-the-go, Tidal is the go-to app for those particular about lossless music from a streaming app. Offering FLAC and WAV format in lossless quality, Tidal ranks unanimously as the streaming app for audiophiles.
Aimed precisely at audiophiles, beginner or otherwise, this paid-app has two subscriptions - Tidal Premium (lossy quality) and Tidal HiFi (with lossless CD-like via FLAC-based 16-Bit/44.1 kHz – and MQA – which is typically around 24-bit/96 kHz). Tidal HiFi is available at around 20 USD a month and can seem steep but when quality is king, such a price is chump change.
Though the app isn’t available officially in India, you can get it by following these directions. Once installed, the app works smoothly and flawlessly. Tidal is also compatible with a host of Bluetooth speakers. But with music casting being a fairly common feature these days, you can blast hi-res music on your wireless speaker set-up too.
The next best in hi-res streaming is Quobuz. A music streaming app from France, it boasts of a collection of over 40 million, HQ music tracks.
Subscription to it’s paid service is at 10 USD a month and this grants you access to their massive collection of hi-fidelity music. Recommended by most of the Hi-Fi brands around the world, Qubuz can be run on a host of headphones and players. The only glitch - you’ll need a trusty VPN to check in with or an international ID. Once in, you can download tracks and albums and stream them directly on your headphones or connected devices.
Quboz is available on Android, iOS and web platforms.
In keeping with creating solid software for their architecture, the Apple Music app was launched as the app version of their iTunes for the iPhone user.
With a signature, friendly-UI, it made making playlists a breeze. You might face a bit of hassle while transferring desktops to smartphones (remember iTunes?) but the quality of music was still worth the struggle. Being a pioneer in the field of streaming apps, Apple Music was the first one to set the trend of providing an option to buy just a song, instead of spending more money on buying an entire album. A song for the dollar - that’s all it took.
Evolving with the times, Apple music also has an Android version. The only thing about the app that’s unlike Apple is its subscription, which is very well priced to appeal to a wider audience. Access to free music, broadcasts and even early access to albums released worldwide was what Apple Music provided with its subscription. If you had other Apple products (an Apple Ecosystem), sync with other gadgets was slick and easy. While Apple Music does not actually provide hi-res audio, it supports buying them.
Ah, yes! Let’s check out one of the most popular and widely recognised music streaming apps of the times.
After a long wait, Spotify is now available in India in its free and paid (ad-free) versions in India. With a UI that is definitely enjoying the most popularity, browsing through music, albums, artists, listening to podcasts, curating your own playlists to even sharing it on social media and also checking out playlists made by other users - Spotify is worthy of ‘app’-reciation.
Launching HD streaming, the popular app also aims at targetting the audiophiles. With it’s ‘Spotify Connect’ feature, you can also stream your favourite music on any wireless device, from smart TVs to speakers.
You can download Spotify for iOS, Android, Web, Playstation and Windows
From what is arguably the world’s largest e-commerce website, the Brand that is also competitively trying to close in on Netflix’s popularity as a content-streaming comes it’s own version of a music streaming app.
Partnered with Sony Music, the Amazon app lets you access Sony’s enviable vault of music in as many languages possible.
If you have an Amazon ecosystem comprising of the Eco and such, you can sync it for great compatibility. From real-time lyrics to sync with the Alexa and being ad-free, it is a multi-talented streaming app. Though Amazon Music does have a hi-res version, the Amazon Music HD, it is currently unavailable in India.
It is available for a subscription of INR128 per month or INR 999 annually. Get spoilt with choice with a plethora of options that even include bhajans, folk songs in many regional languages with this muisc streaming app.
Amazon music app is available on Android, Apple Store, Fire TV and even desktop.
YouTube needs no introduction. Being on of the biggest platforms for video sharing and viewing, YouTube did however have on tiny yet annoying flaw - the music would stop the second you exit the app on your smartphone.
Smarter heads prevailed to give you the music and video streaming version that keeps the music playing, even when the app is closed.
Enjoy the familiar UI of the popular platform on an app, wherever you go. With a subscription of INR 129 per month, you can stream music, curate playlists and watch videos, just like the website.
YouTube Music app is available on multiple platforms like Android, iOS and on the web.
From being the world’s best search engine, most popular emailing platform and so on comes the music streaming app - Google Play Music.
This app has one of the most extensive contents available on it. Not only does it stream songs in regional and international languages, but it also allows for viewing videos on the go. The true king of content, if you will.
From managing and playing songs on your smartphone, to streaming videos and music, the app does all. You can even purchase songs and or albums on it. The app also allows access to live audio stations, using equalisations for customised music output, it does it all. Unfortunately, the one thing it can’t do is stream lossless music. But all in all, a fantastic app for streaming music regardless.
Listen to your favourite song or as it’s called in hindi - gaana - on this locally popular app.
No points for guessing where the name of the app comes from. WIth songs categorised by language, genre you can choose to keep abreast with over 50 playlists on the app.
You can also check in on online radio stations that are on 24/7. Definitely catapulting onto the nostalgic appeal, the radio feature is surely a throwback to the times spent in front of radios to listen to your favourite songs. With Gaana, you can even store songs on your smartphone, offline. Being the only other app of Indian origin with audio streaming available at 320kbps, Gaana Plus subscription lets you download unlimited songs to your device. Not a very impressive bit-rate but definitey better than the 64-128kbps that most offer.
Gaana is available for Android, iOS and Windows.
Definitely one of the most popular apps among the homegrown music streaming apps, Jio Saavn boasts of a user base of over 60 million.
Available on Android and iOS, the streaming app was one of the early trailblazers for the Indian music streaming enthusiast. Featuring a wide repertoire of songs, across a board of Indian languages, the app featured playlists that catered not only to genre and era but also mood and activity, among others.
Of course, given our nostalgic connection with radios, Jio Saavn also featured radio in multi-regional languages. This feature allowed users to discover new artists, genres on a featured station. Jio Saavn Pro subscription even lets you download music to the app for some offline listening sessions. Though not lossless, it does offer an appreciable 320kbps music streaming. At a subscription of a competitive INR 99 per month, you could use the Jio Saavn Pro across 5 devices - definitely a family package deal.
JIo Saavn is available for Android, iOS and Windows.
Stream any song, anywhere, anytime in HD. One of the best web streaming services for High Quality music.
It gives you a Flow playlist, that consists of songs you played mostly and songs you liked from your past activity. With a premium plus plan, download and save offline any tracks to listen through your device. Create your own mixes and playlists with defined shuffle to never tune out of your favourite tracks. Find lyrics flowing along as you listen to songs. Again, for just 10 dollars a month, jump into unlimited high quality tracks.
Got a tune stuck in your head but couldn’t name the song even if your life depended on it? Heard a song you like but have no way to figure out the name of the song? Shazam it - used to be the solution.
The app has long been known to be a messiah that helped recognise songs by “listening” to it Considered to be an encyclopedia of songs, almost every composer and their tune can be accessed by the app to let you discover a tune. Once discovered, it even shows you an artist’s discography and even tickets to their show!.
Besides finding out the name of the artist, song and sometimes even offering a karaoke-like display of the song lyrics (for some songs), Shazam even lets you sync with some of the music streaimng apps above to sync, share and play music on.
So technically, while this may not be a music streaming app in the essence of the word, it is definitely a pro-music-streaming app that lets you hunt down that tune or song you’ve been wanting to know about, and play it in an app that’s compatible.
Shazam, with over a billion downloads, is found on Apple and Google Play store.
Besides these, there a few noteworthy apps - Hungama, Wynk and Jango (yes, Jango!) - that offer decent music streaming apps. One app, for those interested in discovering artists, underground or upcoming, is Soundcloud. Another free app, it is a great place to check out artists that have been signed or unsigned with a record label, releasing their tunes.
There, you have it, a nifty roundup of the many apps that can let you go about without missing your music - an extensive collection of apps to help you choose from. Click, download and stream to your heart's content. If you think we've missed one, or few (can't be too sure these days) do let us know in the comments. We are, pardon the pun, listening.
As always, Happy Listening!