Apple Music is becoming popular day-by-day because iOS 8 onwards Apple Music is included by default in your iPhone and iPad. But if you are music junkie, then always double check before you buy, there are always better alternatives. Music is something that relates to every moment and every emotion, so don’t overlook the alternatives.

We have listed some of the “old players” of this industry to make your decision much easier. You can compare features that fit your need. Some of the music apps given below can be good streaming alternatives to Apple Music, for sure.

Best Apple Music Alternatives for iPhone and iPad

#1. Spotify Music

Spotify Music iPhone and iPad App IconSpotify offers millions of sound tracks divided in different genres. If you are not annoyed by ads, you can continue listening for free (only in shuffle mode). You can make and share your own playlist, or listen from “readymade” playlists. But premium service has its own advantage: Play any song, any time on any device – let it be mobile, tablet or computer. Enjoy ad-free music, listen offline and get better sound quality. With 4.5 stars from over 5 million ratings, Spotify is a great alternative for Apple Music.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Price: Free (Optional subscription)
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#2. Pandora

Pandora Radio iPhone and iPad App IconPandora is like a smart search engine for music. Just feed in the name of artist, song, genre or composer and rest is taken care of automatically. Create personalized playlist and listen to them from anywhere. Best part, no ads on Pandora. You can also subscribe to Pandora One to get extra features. Subscription has auto-renewal; you can disable that under settings menu.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free (Optional subscription)
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#3. SoundCloud

SoundCloud iPhone and iPad App IconWith SoundCloud you can follow your friends and favorite artists, discover podcasts and news. A separate segment for most trending music, so now follow the trend and be part of it. Search is simple and effective; you can search by track name or by artist. You can access basic play, pause and skip options from your lock screen itself.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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#4. Shazam

Shazam iPhone and iPad App IconShazam has one of the largest user bases across the globe. Get lyrics and music at a single spot. You can even follow top artists like Calvin Harris, Pitbull, Meghan Trainor, Avicii, Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa and others, so now see what they see or listen what they listen. Interesting part is that, even if you are a Spotify user you can move to Shazam without losing your soundtrack. Connect with Facebook and check what your friends are listening to. In my opinion, Shazam is much better alternative than Apple Music.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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#5. Beats Music

Beats Music iPhone and iPad App IconBeats Music has a library size of approximately 20 million songs across all genres. Now never run out of music, wherever you are or whatever you are doing, music is always around you. If you are not sure of what to listen, you can select from a wide range of playlists according to your mood. Overall the app is really worth everything, but there’s a catch. You get a complimentary 14 days free trial at signup, but after that it’s either $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. So, it’s good to have a trial and check the service.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Price: 14 days free, later $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
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#6. Google Play Music

Google Play Music iPhone and iPad App IconGoogle Play Music is free, but ad-supported. Free features include: Radio channel made by experts (US only) and facility to upload your personal collection of up to 50,000 songs on Google server. You can listen to your uploaded songs across all your devices for free. If you are a music addict, you can subscribe to the paid service which gives you access to a database of 30 million songs along with other features like, ad-free, unlimited skips and a feature to download your favorite songs for offline listening.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Price: Free (Optional subscription)
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