The best music apps for iOS and Android (part 1)

There’s a lot of music apps available on both Android and iOS. While some of them are free of charge, many of the best require a subscription fee or in-app purchases. Whether you want to simply listen to music, create your own tunes, or learn musical skills, here is a list for the best music apps that can offer everything you may need.

Spotify (free/subscription)

One of the most famous names in the game, Spotify is a major force in the streaming industry, boasting over 80 million subscribers and providing access to more than 40 million tracks from almost any artist you can think of in the world of music. Spotify’s mobile app boasts the same functionality as its desktop version, allowing users to stream single tracks or whole albums with the option to create custom playlists. However, a free account only allows you to use Shuffle Play. If you want to be able to listen offline, play any song, and ditch those ads, you will have to cough up $10 per month. Spotify also offers the option for a Family option that cuts price for multiple accounts and a cut-price Student sub that comes with Hulu access.

Apple Music (subscription)

Unsurprisingly, Apple Music is Apple’s music streaming service, which offers you complete access to any song in the Apple Music library wherever you are. As you’d expect from any Apple’s products, Apple Music is well-designed, and easy for users to swap between the radio, saved songs, and recommendations. As a bonus, it is also available for both iOS and Android; therefore, you don’t need the latest Apple iPhone to enjoy it. Apple Music’s catalog featuring 50 million songs is surely its biggest draw, but there is plenty of other content, such as documentaries about various artists and bands, concerts, and much more. If you are using the app on Android devices, you can stream directly to a Chromecast device, which makes it as flexible as it is powerful.