These free music apps will help you listen to music in just about every different way imaginable. These are the best free music apps to help you listen to your personal music library, discover new artists, identify songs, listen to streaming music, and find radio stations near you.
All of these music apps are completely free and most are compatible with both Androids and iPhones. Use the link to download or find them in the online store on your phone. You’ll be up and running in no time with a free music app that you won’t be able to remember how you lived without.
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Pandora is a free music app that streams songs for you to listen to. Enter your favorite artist and Pandora will play songs by them along with similar artists that Pandora recommends. You can rate the songs and bookmark favorite artists that you’ve discovered as you listen.
The Pandora app really works best when you’re connected to Wi-Fi so you can stream the songs with little to no buffering.
Register for free with Pandora and you’ll be able to save your stations and ratings across the phone app and their website if you also listen on your computer.
App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, NOOK, Windows Phone
Cost: Free More
Screenshot of the Shazam app on an iPhone
Shazam App (iPhone). © Shazam Entertainment Limited
Shazam is a very cool free music app that listens to a song that’s being played and then tells you the name of the song and the artist. You then have the option of sharing your discovery, watching a music video of it on YouTube, playing it in Spotify, finding tour information, viewing a discography, reading album reviews, and creating a Pandora station based on that artist.
Each song that’s identified through Shazam will then be saved as a tag. You can share these tags with your friends and view their discoveries as well.
Sometimes, depending on the song that Shazam identifies, you can even watch the lyrics scroll by as you listen along!
App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Nokia, Windows 8 tablet, Windows Phone
Cost: Free More
Screenshot of the Spotify app on an iPhone
Spotify App (iPhone).
Spotify is an awesome music app that lets you follow artists and sync music from your desktop. Similar to Pandora, you can create a radio station so Spotify will play recommended music based on your initial interest.
You can find music by viewing top lists and new releases as well as by searching for playlists and your favorite artists and albums. You can even add your favorite songs to a Spotify music library and then play them again later.
The app allows several different push notifications like for when a new album has been released for an artist that you’re following and when a playlist has been updated.
Spotify can also be installed on Windows and Mac operating systems.
App Available for: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone