Music Streaming is the only logical way to get your feed nowadays, since the sales of individuals songs and albums is essentially over. Albums generally cost upwards of $10 while most streaming services cost the same amount per month. Streaming services offer access to an unlimited amount and while the free ones use data, paid services like Apple Music and Spotify allow you to download the music onto your phone for listening anytime. Here are the Top 5 free and paid music streaming apps.

Apple Music

Apple Music has become one of the best streaming services since it came out in 2015.

The service is seamless for iPhone users as they don't need to download any additional app to their phones. Apple Music is great because a lot of artists exclusively release content on the platform frequently. There are over 30 million songs available along with live radio stations and playlists tailored for each individual. Apple Music costs $9.99 per month or $14.99 for a family plan that allows for up to six members.


Spotify is another great option for music streaming. The app offers its service for free with limited features which is great for those who can't afford to pay a monthly fee. The free version only lets users shuffle play and skip six songs per hour, but with the paid version, users get a whole lot more.

The service costs $9.99 like Apple Music and offers curated playlists as well as a large library similar to Apple Music's.


Soundcloud has been around for a while now and is great for both listeners and creators of music. The service is completely free (though you can pay $9.99 a month for offline access) and boasts original content from underground artists as well as remixes of popular songs.


Pandora is similar to Spotify's free version as users can only shuffle play and skip a certain amount of songs per hour. The unique thing about Pandora is its radio stations. Users can choose their favorite artists' station or find a genre they like and try that. It's premium version is $4.99, making Apple Music or Spotify a much better option.

Amazon Music

Amazon Music is a very unexplored option within music streaming. While most people opt for either Apple Music or Spotify, this app has its benefits. It doesn't have as many songs as its competitors but comes with the perks of an Amazon Prime membership. This means members will receive free 2-day shipping for any eligible product with their membership.