Top 8 | Spotify Alternatives for Android

These days, people like to get all their music from a single streaming source, to grab stuff when they want to no matter where they are, stream it and download it so as to listen to when offline. Most streaming apps and services out there have evolved to deal with this kind of demand, and to offer users a different experience that will encourage them to pick a specific service over another. One of the best of these apps is Spotify, which currently accounts for a great deal of the market and is to many the best music streaming service for mobile and desktop users at present. There are however many other Spotify alternatives out there worth checking out; Spotify is fairly expensive, for one thing, so we recently decided to come up with our top picks if you want something different. These apps were tested out on Android devices, which is why we’re calling this our Top 8 Spotify alternatives for Android; check out our picks, then suggest your own in the comments section.

8. PlaYo (Free)

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Let’s start with a simple, free option. PlaYo uses content from SoundCloud so you know that it gives you access to lots of stuff, only it doesn’t have the complicated structure you get with SoundCloud. It therefore works as a decent alternative, I find, if you’re looking to provide this kind of service for your children who want access to music on their devices. It’s simple and free, as I say, so there’s no risk that they will run up bills purchasing music.  – Download from Google Play

7. TuneIn Radio (Free)

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TuneIn Radio is one of a bunch of different music streaming services that are based on this idea of radio stations, allowing you to stream all of your favorite content and discover new music, too. Rather than offering curated playlists, TuneIn actually gives you access to great radio stations from around the world. – Download from Google Play

6. Last.fm (Free)

Last.fm is one of those Spotify alternatives that I actually came across way before Spotify itself, and for some time (just like Pandora) poured hours into it as a service, discovering lots of great new music along the way. If you’re old enough to remember the first days of Last.fm, it seemed like the possibilities were endless and I really thought that the social aspects of the web version in particular might lead to it becoming a social network on par with some of the bigger options that have since appeared. Last.fm works in the same way that Pandora does, in that it allows you to simply select like or dislike on a track and teach the service your taste in music. This means that it’s great for discovering new stuff, but not so good when it comes to creating custom playlists and that kind of thing. – Download from Google Play

5. Deezer Music (Free)

Deezer

Deezer is another of those names that comes up frequently when you search online for Spotify alternatives, and it’s easy to see why. The website is a fantastic asset, with access provided to millions of songs and an app that is available on a variety of different platforms and devices. As with many of the other streaming services listed here, Deezer has its free and paid membership, with $4.99 and $6.99 a month being the two main ones. The first one is basically an ad-free version of the app, though with limited capabilities; the second opens the app up to give you control over other features. – Download from Google Play

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