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Spotify’s still often considered the best, but was recently passed up by Apple Music and is facing real competition from YouTube Music If you are looking for an alternative to Spotify, continue reading on.

What is Spotify?

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts, and videos from artists all over the world. 

Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up using an email address or by connecting with Facebook.

In case you are looking for an alternative because you don't wanna spend money on it, there is a way to get it for free.

You can get Spotify Premium APK which provides all the paid features for free.

However, Most of the free Spotify alternatives entries on this list are merely lesser alternatives to Spotify.

1) YouTube Music 

YouTube Music is a music streaming service and mobile app developed by YouTube.

It provides a tailored interface for the service-oriented towards music streaming, allowing users to browse through songs and music videos on YouTube based on genres, playlists, and recommendations.

As of this time, youtube music is available in seventeen countries at the time of writing. It also taps into the untold millions of songs from the main YouTube site – covers, fan versions, uploads, you name it.

Unlike Spotify, Apple Music, and other competitors, YouTube Music is a streaming platform that gives you easy access to official song audio and videos in one single place. It's free to use, but paying for the Premium version gives you a much more powerful experience with a host of additional features

Youtube paid version cost $9.99 a month, in order to get rid of ads and lets you listen on your phone with the screen off. 

However with just a $2 increase a month, and you get YouTube Premium which gives you access to YouTube’s original shows and movies.

I would say that as a solid upgrade.

2) Pandora Radio

Pandora is an American music streaming and automated music recommendation internet radio service powered by the Music Genome Project. 

The service, operated by Sirius XM Satellite Radio, is available in the United States. The service plays songs that have similar musical traits.

Pandora is a bit different than other streaming services. It’s more like a custom radio station than a jukebox. 

 Basically, Users create “stations” based on the stylistic similarities between songs and artists, and then Pandora’s algorithm plays the music that matches those stats.

If you aren't super picky about what they want to hear right now, Pandora is the gold-standard for online radio. I would say it's a solid alternative.

Just choose artists or songs that you know you like, and Pandora will build radio-like stations around it, giving you similar music suggestions to listen to.

3. Tidal

TIDAL is a music service with High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos, and Curated Editorial, expertly crafted by music journalists.

The subscription price for lossless quality is substantially higher than other services, running up to $19.99 per month. The service was promoted as being the first artist-owned streaming service.

4) Soundcloud 

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform and music sharing website based in Berlin, Germany that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio.

It is a music and podcast streaming platform that lets you listen to millions of songs from around the world, or you can also upload your own too.

It’s long been known as the best place to discover new and emerging artists, and it’s a great platform for recording yourself and getting your name out there.

Many rappers are even discovered here too. It has got a huge library of songs to listen to. 

SoundCloud Features

  • Join a music community where you can share tracks and build a collection of your favorite recordings.
  • Listen to audio online or in SoundCloud's apps.
  • Add comments to specific times during a recording.
  • Create your own playlist of favorite songs.

5) Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service and online music locker operated by Google.

It includes a wide variety of music – from mainstream hits to excellently-constructed mood- and activity-based playlists.

Google Play Music offers all users storage of up to 50,000 files for free. 

Users can listen to songs through the service's web player and mobile apps. 

The service scans the user's collection and matches the files to tracks in Google's catalog, which can then be streamed or downloaded in up to 320 kbit/s quality.

Other alternatives worth mentioning-

  • Bandcamp- Bandcamp helps artists sell their music and merch directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it. 
  • Music Up-  It includes a karaoke mode and covers of the best songs. 
  • Funkwhale- Funkwhale is a community-driven project that lets you listen and share music and audio within a decentralized, open network. 
  • Jamendo- Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.  
  • Ampache- Ampache is a web-based audio streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music from anywhere, using almost any internet-enabled device. 
  • Subsonic- Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music and video.  
  • ShowBox– It is a movie app, but it has a direct integration within the app itself which allows you to listen to music.

There are a lot to choose from and a lot of options and features of its own. If you didn't like Spotify it's not the end of the world.  Happy listening!

Prateek Kulhari

Prateek is a business editor who writes about various topics such as technology, health and finance. At Pressly, he works along with the colourful folks that build a nation through tech startups. He is also a professional football player and video games enthusiast.

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