With the Fourth of July around the corner, my cohorts and I are stocking up on as many explosives as possible. We have a keg on reserve, snacks in the cupboard and an 80-pound pig chilling in the bathtub until its fateful underground cookout.
If you are celebrating the U.S. Independence day in style, or maybe you are just looking for a new streaming music app, we’ve got a list of the cream of the crop to help you keep the party moving…
These are what we believe to be the best apps to stream music on your iPhone or iPad.
If you like to have a lot of control over what free music you want to listen to, MOG has you covered front-ways and back. You can search for bands and musicians by name or browse genres to discover something new. You can add a playlist, organize tracks, albums, and artists alphabetically, and put your favorite songs all in one place. The best part is that MOG streams everything at 320kbps so your music is clear as glass no matter what. This app is available for free, but you must have a paid subscription to access the features.
Like MOG, Spotify gives you a lot of control over the free music that you listen to. It is one of the most popular music services in the App Store and is available around the world. With a premium account, you have instant access to millions of songs, the most available on any music streaming service so far. You can search for bands and artists by name, song, and album, or browse by genre. If you don’t have a premium account, you can still listen for free in the U.S. since the company now offers its radio service to free account holders. This app is available for free.
I still remember the first time I discovered Pandora. I couldn’t believe there was a service that let you listen to a bunch of music without making you pay. I loved the “Music Genome Project” that would try to hone in on what you wanted to listen to by offering similar attributes. Unlike other music streaming services, Pandora takes into account the style of guitar, vocal melodies, and rhythm to suggest songs for you to listen to. The more you like or dislike something, the better your radio station gets. You can also read lyrics, band bios, and album discographies for every song that is played. This app is available for free.
This one is actually my personal favorite subscription-based music app because I love the user interface on the iPad. You can either listen to pre-programmed stations from the Slacker team’s best playlists, or find your own music by searching. You can download music into the offline section and listen to music while lost in the woods. This service also features news, sports, and comedy tracks. Plus, you can listen to the radio portion for free for an unlimited amount of time. If your backyard party lasts two days, so will Slacker Radio. This app is available for free.
This is another big hitter in the streaming music service. This digital radio began as an Internet service and quickly captured more than 20 million songs for you to choose from. This app incorporate social music listening by letting users follow friends, artists, and other users who earn a reputation for their great taste in music. You can create playlists from the millions of songs available and even collaborate with others on a list that will bring the house down. You can also save music for offline listening with a premium account. This app is available for free.
I only recently discovered this app and it has quickly become my go-to music listening app when I know what kind of mood I’m in, but don’t really know what I want to listen to. You can listen to customized playlists based on time of the day and day of the week. In the morning, listen to one of the driving music stations. In the afternoon check out a playlist for taking a walk. You can also listen to stations by decade and emotion or search for an artist directly. This app is available for free.
If you prefer your music to appeal to a broader audience, which is great for parties, try TuneIn. This app features 70,000 different live Internet radio stations, plus two million podcasts, concerts and shows. You can browse by genre, local radio, what is trending, and type of radio including news, sports, language, and more. If you have a TuneIn.com account, you can access all of your favorite stations just by logging in. This app is available for free. There is also a pro version that removes ads.
What do you think are the best music streaming apps for iPhone? Share your picks in the comment section below.