When it comes ruling the heart of music lovers, Spotify surely knows the best. Boasting overall 191 million active monthly users (87 million paid subscribers); the music-streaming service is reigning supreme.
But that doesn’t mean Spotify is flawless. There are music services that deliver better sound quality and allow users to upload thousands of songs. So, if your taste seems to have got enough of this service and are looking for a better option, this short roundup of the best Spotify alternatives for iPhone can help you choose the desired contender.
Keep in mind; there is no such thing as perfect. And each music service has its own pros and cons. Thus, at the end of the day, everything boils down to your specific preference or the requirement. With that in mind, let’s get started!
Best Spotify Alternatives – 2021 Edition
1. Apple Music
“Apple Music” is hands-down the best alternative to Spotify. What stands out for Apple’s music-streaming service is the massive catalog of around 50 millions songs. So, it doesn’t matter what fascinates your tastes; you will find the tracks that you like to jam along.
Another notable feature of Apple Music is the expert curation, which I’ve personally found appreciable. Besides, you can keep track of what your favorite artists are up to and also check out the playlists of your friends.
The app has got plenty of tricks up its sleeve to liven up your music experience.
As for price, Apple Music comes with a three-month free trial. After that, you will have to subscribe to the $9.99/monthly individual or $14.99/monthly family plan (for up to six people).
Price: Three Month Free Trial/$9.99/monthly
2. Pandora – Streaming Music
Pandora is designed for the folks who have a penchant for listening to their favorite stations.
Craft exclusive stations from your top artists, songs and even genres. The app also recommends you stations that you may love to tune into.
Beyond music, you can subscribe to your favorite podcasts to listen to them at your own convenient time. That’s not all; you also have the option to download everything you want for endless offline streaming.
Price: Free/$3.99 (starting price)
3. Amazon Music
When it comes to lighting up the music time, Amazon Music is more than good enough to live up to the demand.
Just like Apple Music, Amazon’s music-streaming service also boasts a massive library of over 50 million songs. Explore the curated playlists and tune into the stations that you love to listen.
This app also offers personalized recommendations so that you don’t have to spend a lot of time to discover the songs that fascinate you a lot. Moreover, it also lets you download your favorite tracks to catch up with them offline.
Price: 30-day free trial/$7.99 (starting price)
4. YouTube Music
I’ve liked tuning into “YouTube Music” as it’s fully geared up to make streaming songs a delightful experience. The highlight of this app is the ability to curate playlists based on a specific context and what’s in the limelight.
Therefore, every time you may want to stream a nice song, chances are high that you will get one right up there. It has a powerful search that makes it a lot easier to discover a song.
You can upgrade to YouTube Music Premium to take advantage of many benefits like downloading your favorite tracks for offline listening.
5. TIDAL Music – Streaming
If you are an audiophile with a rich taste for lossless music quality, TIDAL Music would be your way to go.
This app claims to have over 59 million songs, which would be more than enough to spice up your music time. All the songs and videos are smartly curated by experts so that discovering a nice track that can fit into your specific mood isn’t a big deal.
Based on your preference, you can craft unique playlists and also enjoy track-based radio. Furthermore, it lets you transfer your tracks to TIDAL from any music-streaming apps.
Price: $12.99 (TIDAL HIFI: $25.99)
Deezer is highly underrated. But, if top-notch music quality is what you are after, it should be worth giving a shot.
Talking about the music collection, the claimed 53 million tracks put it at par with the very best. Depending on your interest and the type of songs you play, the app suggests tracks.
Deezer Editors also craft a number of special playlists, which you may find spot-on. Even better, you can use this app to listen to live sports, podcasts, radio stations and even audio channels.
Price: Free/Deezer Premium+ US-$12.99
6. YouTube Music
One thing I’ve always missed on Spotify is the ability to listen to unique covers and remixes of my favorite songs by independent artists. Enter YouTube Music with its extensive library of music content that includes covers, remixes, live performances, and more. Of course, it also boasts 70 million songs and a neat library that syncs across your devices.
Moreover, you can add your own collections from local device libraries and connect to other apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant, Waze, and more. For an ad-free experience, go Premium and enjoy background play plus switching between video and audio.
Price: Free ($12.99 per month for Premium)
That’s pretty much it! So, these are my top music apps that can give a long run to Spotify, especially on iOS devices.
What’s Your Pick?
Now is the time to share your thoughts about all these apps and what makes them fine alternatives. Plus, also toss up the name of the music app that deserves to be included in the above lineup.
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