The winner for the best music app out there for your mobile device goes to Spotify. When it comes to streaming music on your phone, Spotify has been doing it for years and is one of the most popular and recognizable names in the space. It will not only work in an amazing fashion on your mobile device, but it will also work very well on your computer or tablet too. So wherever you are, you will always have your favorite music within arms reach.
The app is free to download and you can listen to songs on shuffle for as long as you want with the occasional ad included. While the app can be downloaded and used for free, it can get fairly annoying to hear ads after every few songs, especially when you skip a song evert now and then. To combat this, I recommend that you subscribe to a premium membership. A Premium membership to Spotify will cost you $9.99 a month. While that may seem like a lot to spend at first, once you see what you get with that, it is a steal in every sense of the word. For the price of less than 1 CD or only a few songs on iTunes, you get unlimited access to almost any song out there. Also, you get 30 days for free so you might as well give it a try for that first month without being charged. If you don't like it, no harm is done at all.
This app gives you access to a whopping 30 Million songs and if you get the premium feature, it allows you to download and save as many songs as you want to as many playlists as you want. This is a great option if you are traveling or need to have your data off for some reason. Also, it keeps all of your favorite songs in one convenient place for ease of access in the future.
But if you are looking to discover new music through the app, it has you covered there too! There are dozens of different playlists and radio stations that are constantly updated with new tunes so they will never get stale. Some of these playlists focus on a specific genre, others focus on a specific year or time of the year, and some are even tailored to fit with whatever activity you are doing. For example, if you are running and want a fast-paced playlist, you can find it with ease. But if you are studying or want to relax, you can easily find a playlist with calming music too. No matter your musical needs or tastes, you can be sure that you will find something on Spotify.
While the radio stations on this app may not quite be as creative or good as the ones offered by Apple Music or apps that are specifically designed for streaming radio, they are still there and feature a nice mix of music and are updated quite a bit. If listening to popular music is your thing, Spotify also has your back in terms of charts. They offer top 50 charts in a number of different genres and for a number of different countries around the world. This is a very cool feature as I have found myself at times listening to music that was popular in other countries just to see what it was like.
While the focus of the article is music, the fact that Spotify offers you a ton of extras is very nice too. Things like getting some audiobooks and many different podcasts for no extra charge is a very cool feature. This basically means that whatever you ears desire (whether it be music, audiobooks or podcasts), this app has you covered with a ton of content. And don't worry, these aren't all obscure and small-time podcasts and audiobooks, some of the most popular content in those areas are offered on Spotify.
So now that you know about the cost of the app and the boatload of content and features you get included, let's look at how the app works. Because let's be honest, an app can have as many cool features and content as possible, but if it is clunky and doesn't work well, it's not a good choice. Thankfully, Spotify doesn't have this problem. The app itself is very reliable and hardly ever do issues such as it crashing or malfunctioning happen. Also, the UI is extremely user-friendly and the app is incredibly easy to navigate. You can quickly jump from your own personal music library, to playlists, to the radio all in only a few seconds time. Also, it is incredibly easy to save songs or album for future reference. So while the app may not have any crazy animations or look extra gorgeous or anything like that, it does it's job exceptionally well without any unnecessary additions or distractions.
The app is also very quick at getting new music up in good fashion. Many of the recent big releases like The Weeknd, Kid Cudi and more all had their albums up on Spotify very quickly. One negative in this area though, is that sometimes artists will choose a specific streaming service to release their music on first, and rarely is that ever Spotify. For example, Kanye West's most recent album debuted on Tidal about a week before it came to Spotify. But rest assured, all the popular music will eventually find it's way onto Spotify, but it would be nice to see them get some exclusive releases here and there too.
With all things considering, this app has to be at or near the top when it comes to music apps. It has about all you could ever hope for in a music streaming app and as of September of 2016, the app had an impressive 40 million paying customers. While Apple Music might be the "sexier" and "newer" option, Spotify has been doing it for years and doing it well for millions of people across the world.