1. YouTube 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 tonne 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.
2. TuneIn 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 the music alone, but it does also offer audiobooks, live sports broadcasting, and more.
[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.
[Price: Free / $9.99] SoundCloud is a 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 are 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!!
5. Slacker 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.
[Price: Free / $4.99/month] Pandora has been one of the go-to music streaming services for millions of people for many years.
Its 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.
7. Jango 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 hear 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.
[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.
9. Google 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.
[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.