The best apps to stream music

By , Jul 5, 2013

Listening to the RadioWith 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.

New Spotify App IconSpotify

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.

Pandora IconPandora Radio

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.

Slacker IconSlacker Radio

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.

Rdio IconRdio

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.

Songza IconSongza

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.

TuneIn IconTuneIn Radio

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 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.

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  • JomanJi

    I would add soundcloud

  • AndyDontCare

    4th of July is right around the corner? Whoa, I traveled back in time! Or you could say its 364 days around the corner.

    • Sebastien

      That’s what happens when I slack too much before publishing a post. Lory had this post ready for days but I only posted it today, obviously a day too late. Sorry about that.

      • Lory Gil

        Thanks for having my back Sebastien. What a great guy!

    • Byron C Mayes

      It’s a really big corner.

  • Incubus5187 This is where it’s at.

  • Mr. E

    Hyped music is one of my favorites

  • Xee

    You forgot Deezer!
    – More tracks then Spotify.
    – Higher quality audio too.

  • seyss

    please write an article for music streaming apps that stream music from your pc since iTunes Match is garbage

    • Lory Gil

      Good suggestion. I’ll look into it.

  • jaymark2

    Really? You missed Best Clock Radio, only for the iPad though but defiantly the best!

  • Gabriel Lodi

    Music Unlimited from Sony and Deezer are good apps for streaming music too.

    As I live in Brazil, Spotify and Pandora doesn’t work for me (as for a bunch of people that lives in other countries around the globe).
    It’s sad, I always see a lot good reviews and compliments for those apps and I can’t even test them.

    • Fernando Ferreira

      I live in brazil too .wanna use pandora? Vpn connection on your phone .simple an easy :)

  • Jack

    I got TuneIn Radio Pro while it was free for a day and think its a great app to have. The latest update(s) have revamped its UI alot and the Car-Mode is superb.
    Just Saying ^^

  • D.

    TuneIn Radio Pro is simply epic

  • Tony Klapatch

    Pandora, tune-in, and songza are the best music apps in my opiniom

  • Gorgonphone

    Pandora and tunin is all i use

  • Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Downloading songs for free all the way.

  • Lynn

    This is a great list! my fav one is Hothits app, it is like instagram of top music videos.

  • Sam

    Ourtunez is a brand new app for streaming music and is way better than all the ones listed.