Top 5 music apps

So many music apps currently exist but what are the ones you really should check out? Here are the five music apps that are deserving of your attention.

Google Play Music (Android, Web)

From its launch as a relatively niche music streaming service back in 2011 to its present day status as a service big enough to fight alongside the best, Google Play Music has never been anything short of interesting. Simultaneously allowing you to upload 20,000 songs to their server for your personal streaming (FLAC included) and stream from their collection of music (which features every major music label and a surprisingly large amount of indies too), it’s a great option for Android and web users. Pricing starts at absolutely nothing if you plan on simply streaming your own collection, or £9.99 if you’d like access to their streaming catalogue as well.

Spotify (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, PC)

Spotify seem to be everywhere, from television adverts and billboards to almost every party you wind up at these days, there’s Spotify. There’s a good reason for that too, Spotify has proven itself as a great way to play, share and discover music. Featuring a vast music library and a range of curated sections from influential music gatekeepers like Pitchfork, it’s long been a great accompaniment to Superfi’s range of iPod docks. Pricing starts at free, so long as you’re willing to settle for 160kbps streaming and an advert every now and then. Alternatively, jumping up to their ‘Unlimited’ tier gets rid of the adverts for £4.99, whilst their £9.99 ‘Premium’ tier unlocks mobile streaming and 320kbps audio to boot.

TuneIn Radio (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Web)

Curating your music experience is all well and good, but from time to time you just want to kick back and enjoy the radio. Well, fret no more, mobile radio fans, because TuneIn is here to satiate your aching thirst for audio. Aside from its presence on every platform you could name, it features live streaming of 70,000 radio stations and over 2 million podcasts. Even better, the entire service is free, with no more adverts than the ones broadcast on the stations themselves. If, however, you’d like to record shows, then the TuneIn Radio Pro application provides that exact functionality for a one off cost of around £4.50.

SoundCloud (Android, iOS, Web)

SoundCloud has steadily become an indispensable tool in the promotion of music on the internet since its launch as a web only service way back in 2007. Since then countless indie labels, plenty of majors and innumerable independent musicians have signed on and uploaded music to the service. You can follow interesting labels and individuals as you would in Twitter, getting a steady stream of new music that interests you and keeping up to date with bands that matter to you. So, what does all this mean? Well, thanks to their excellent mobile applications, it means you can stream all that high quality goodness when you’re out and about or on Superfi’s wireless speakers if you so choose.

 Napster (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Web)

 Napster isn’t quite what it used to be. From its days as the service which caused major labels to tremble, it’s gone through countless revisions, closures and rebirths to arrive at this – a music streaming service. With a catalogue of 15 million tracks, it trails slightly behind its competitors, but has some artists that the others don’t – Oasis, most notably of all. Pricing largely copies the Spotify structure, with £5 netting you unlimited web playback or £10 throwing in mobile streaming in to the bargain too.