Top 8 | Spotify Alternatives for iPhone

Spotify has quickly become the premier iPhone app all over the world for streaming and downloading music directly to your smartphone or tablet, but with such success will obviously come many different kinds of competition: pretenders to the throne! Currently, music streaming is perhaps the one market of apps that is crowded more than ever, with huge, heavyweight companies vying for the same patch of turf. Google have their own Google Play Music service, whereas Apple have iTunes Radio and the recently purchased Beats Music. Everywhere you look, there is a nice music app out with powerful financial backing looking to entice both users into shifting their alliance and also to give artists an incentive to create and release exclusive content on their platform. All of this makes for some interesting competition, both when it comes to the different features we see within these apps and the prices that they offer, always attempting to undercut the opposition. With this all in mind, we recently took time out to test run most of the music streaming apps available on the App Store to come up with this Top 8 alternatives to Spotify!

4. SoundCloud (Free)

In terms of music discovery, I’d say that Soundcloud is my app of choice at the moment. I’m not the kind of listener that will follow the charts or be particularly bothered about the latest Justin Timberlake or Lana Del Rey record, so the whole exclusive content thing that Spotify holds as its trump card is lost on me. And I know quite a few people who are exactly the same, so perhaps that is something for developers to bear in mind! SoundCloud is basically made for indie artists, and for the kind of listeners who like to find new music and find it early. It is both a wonderful platform to share  your music, whether you make electronica or acoustic music or simply remixes or reimaginations of existing songs. As such, some users tend to get alienated with SoundCloud when they search for big names and albums and can’t find them. That’s not really what the app is about, though! – Download from iTunes

3. Google Play Music (Free)

Then we have Google’s aforementioned entry, Google Play Music which offers millions of songs on demand and ready to be streamed or downloaded. In something of a parallel between this and SoundCloud, Google Play Music also has the fantastic option to upload your own content – 50,000 of your own songs that can be uploaded and added to the service. Not necessarily music that you have made, but songs that you listen to that perhaps aren’t available to stream or download at present. This is an excellent way to save storage space if you don’t mind using up data by streaming the songs later on. Like so many of the apps on the list, subscription here starts at $9.99 a month. – Download from iTunes

2. Slacker (Free)

Slacker

Slacker is another of those like SoundCloud that appeals to my own sense of seeking out unheard content, outside of the mainstream. When it comes to indie artists especially, but also things like sports broadcasts and comedy performances, Slacker has you covered. So if you’re the kind of person that hates sifting through Spotify to find original, independent content, then this may well be the Spotify alternative that you’ve been looking for. Besides, the subscription starts at just $3.99 a month as well, which is a lot cheaper than the other options and gives you both unlimited listening and removes all of the ads from the app. – Download from iTunes

1. Pandora (Free)

Pandora

In terms of Spotify alternatives, I’d still say that Pandora stands out above the rest. Their level of curation is great, and has been since the very beginning when the personalized radio station service was launched upon a bewildered nation of music lovers on the web. The great thing is that Pandora learns your taste as it goes on, and is very intuitive when it comes to providing you as a listener with exactly what you want to listen to, and playlists that are consistent. The price is also a lot more affordable than other apps, especially Spotify, at just $4.99 a month or around $40 a month which will get rid of all those annoying ads. – Download from iTunes

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