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The best music apps for iOS and Android (part 3)

Shazam (free)

Shazam is more famous for its music-detection skills, but it is also a convenient means of streaming tracks when they are recognized. Shazam works best when being paired with another streaming app. It recognizes songs and television shows in few seconds, and provides purchasing or streaming options from Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. It also provides lyrics for your selected song.

Amazon Music (free or subscription)

Amazon may have appeared late in the world of music, but its Amazon Music app is really good. It allows users to access to tons of free songs and contains your entire Cloud Player library, including your uploaded songs and those that you purchased from Amazon itself. However, access to the full 60 million-strong libraries can only be included with an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, which will require $10 per month or $8 for Amazon Prime members. If you have only one device, you can pay just $4 per month by tying your subscription to a single Fire or Echo device.

Amazon also gives Amazon Prime members free access to a pared-down version of full membership with two million songs. It is a good bonus for an existing Amazon Prime member but does feel slightly rubbish compared to the enormous offerings of Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Bandcamp (individual purchases)

It’s no secret that many artists don’t get a great cut from most streaming services, but that is not the case of Bandcamp. It is regarded as the platform for directly supporting artists, and 80-85 percent of the money that you spend goes directly to the band, singer, or creator you have bought from, which makes this become one of the best ways to support more niche acts easily. You don’t have to pay any subscription fee to download this app, but neither does it use a free model. Instead, you buy albums and tracks from each artist, and you can then stream or download them from Bandcamp.

The best music apps for iOS and Android (part 2)

YouTube Music (free/subscription)

With the eventual absorption of Google Play Music, YouTube Music is preparing for its time in the sun instead of being something of a black sheep. YouTube is one of the largest platforms of music in the world and YouTube Music allows you to access all of it. It is free to use with ads.  You will need to download YouTube Music and get a Premium subscription ($10 per month) if you want ad-free listening, offline downloads, and background listening (with the screen locked). Otherwise, you will get YouTube Music Premium rolled into that subscription if you pay $12 per month for the YouTube Premium subscription (also coming with ad-free videos).

Google Play Music (free/subscription)

Many people may expect Google Play Music to have disappeared by 2020. But it remains here and is currently transforming into the YouTube Music app, which is very good news for music lovers.

Google Play Music still gives you full access to your cloud-based music collection on the go as well as from the Play Music website. The design is clean, lined with custom radio stations, and hand-picked playlists. A subscription costs $10 per month and allows you to access to Google’s massive song database, smart recommendations, personalized radio stations with unlimited skips, and YouTube Premium as well. That subscription will transition into a YouTube Music Premium subscription that is good for background listening, ad-free music, and downloads.

With the free version of Play Music, you can still upload up to 50,000 songs to Google’s cloud without getting any ads while listening to your collection. Although Google’s musical offerings remain a little confused, Play Music is still a great option even if it asks you to transfer over to YouTube Music. However, you can resist change until you’re forced to move.