Best musci app 2014

Music is my specialty. If I’m not playing it, I’m listening to it. Admittedly, I’m a bigger fan of analog than digital, but there are times when playing music on my iPhone or iPad is just more convenient. In those cases, a good music player, or a great streaming service is important.

The writing team at iDB put their heads together to come up with a list of the best music apps to come out in 2014. We then fought each other in a mud pit to be the one who gets to decide the best. Below is the resulting winner and runner-ups for best music app in 2014. We’ve also included the music app we think is the all-time best.

The best Music app of 2014

Beats Music Player

Beats Music

Remember all that hype about Apple buying Beats for $3 billion earlier this year? Wasn’t that nuts? By the time Beats launched on iOS, so many other streaming music services had established themselves that it was hard to believe Beats was as successful as it was. One reason this app stands out from the others is the curated playlists. Unlike services like Sonza, which also creates curated playlists, Beats uses dedicated followers of music to build playlists with a human touch. If you don’t really know what you want to hear, but you are in a particular mood while participating in a specific activity, use The Sentence to find a playlist for you. Or, dig around through thousands of artists and millions of songs to find a specific album, band, or genre that is right for you. For $9.99 per month, you’ll have unlimited access to the entire Beats Music catalogue, which you can stream on demand or download for offline listening. This app is available for free with a 14-day trial ($9.99 per month after that).

The runner ups

Blend

Blend Music

If you are looking for something to make your music player look better and perform smoother, Blend will make you smile. First off, it looks good and presents you with an attractive UI. If you don’t like the dozens of custom background options available, you can add an image from your camera roll to personalize it. Find music in your huge library of songs using search filters like artists, playlists, genres, and more. The Up Next feature lets you know what songs are coming up. The detailed song info shows length, genre, artist, bitrate, and more. You can fine-tune the playback quality with the music equalizer with preset adjustments, or you can customize your own. This app is available for $0.99.

The best Music app ever

Spotify

Spotify Music player

The first time I tried Spotify, I wasn’t impressed. It seemed like there wasn’t a whole lot of features for non-paying subscribers. Within the past year, the company has really stepped up with tons of features for both paying and non-paying users. This past January, the iOS app was updated to allow free streaming on iPhone and iPad. Plus, the user interface is constantly getting tweaks to make your listening and browsing experience better. CarPlay support was added in October. The Discovery feature makes it easier to find new music. The Your Music feature lets you save entire albums, artists, or playlists so you can find it later. The in-app equalizer lets you fine-tune the audio playback of individual songs. All of this is free, too. A paid subscription lets you download music for offline listening, play all music on-demand, and stream for hours without advertisements. This app is available for free.

What is your favorite music app to come out in 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

Best of 2014

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  • Anmol Malhotra

    Can anyone suggest me a good alternative for Default Music app?
    Has anyone tried Blend Music Player?

    • DtownBlogger

      IMO Ecoute is by far the best alternative music app to replace the stock player. Car Tunes is a close second.

      • All Ecoute looks like to me is the Aria Cydia tweak, which is awesome and uses the stock app. I prefer stock app for music when I can because it just works better with everything.
        EqualizerEverywhere is another great tweak to compliment this and definitely Spectral for the lockscreen

      • Sleaka J

        I’ll 2nd the vote for Ecoute.

      • Steve

        Ecoute is a truly excellent player. Even with an influx of recent new music apps with the launch of iOS 8, it still remains in my dock. I never use the iOS Music app at all.

      • Byron C Mayes

        Do either of these play iCloud music? Most I’ve tried can only play music that’s been downloaded to the device.

    • SIMON

      Blend is amazing for me with great equalizer options, gestures, vizualizations and many more. Just buy and be happy.

  • Rares

    The best music app is the stock music app… just kidding.

    • It actually is once you add Aria, EqualizerEverywhere and Spectral

      • WonkieInc

        And as far as I know, it”s still the only one to support iTunes Match

      • Third-Party music apps can use iTunes Match. They basically play the music through the stock music app but display their own interface. For example Ecoute, it has its own interface but if you were to tap the song name in the Control Center it would open the stock music app…

      • WonkieInc

        Any app I have tried just can’t play iTunes match stuff, idk why but I also haven’t tried in a very long time

  • Mateus Cardoso

    RDIO!

    • Don’t know why but I downright hate this app. I keep giving it a try when iDB does articles on it but it just stinks. I actually don’t mind Rhapsody at all and it’s very nice with the Flex 2 mod. 🙂

  • CapitalCee

    This is a bias article. Clearly Google Music app is the best music app. Beats Music doesnt hold a cup of tea to it.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Dude they are talking about 2014. Not the overall best music apps.
      Get some sense and then post your opinions.

      • I tend to agree with the OP and last I checked an app update doesn’t really make Beats, nor Spotify a new app.

      • Beats launched in the App Store in 2014, therefore it is on our list of best apps to come out in 2014. Spotify, as noted under the subheading, is the app that the writers of iDB consider to be the best of all time, not just 2014.

      • Noah

        If so, I don’t understand why there is The best Music app ever and The best music app of 2014. Wouldn’t Spotify be also “the best music app of 2014”?

      • Anmol Malhotra

        How could Spotify be the best music app of 2014? As it was launched in 2012. It’s a best music app ever considering all the apps.
        I cant understand why there’s so confusion.

      • That last section is more of a footnote to the overall list.

    • Lebron

      This is an opinion article. A difference in opinion does not make it biased.

  • JulianZH

    Duomi still the best. all free and no ads.

  • Gervaas

    Ecoute is by far the most beautiful music app I’ve ever had.

  • Julioz

    My favorite music app is definitely Spotify. I didn’t know about it until around April this year, and it’s really great. Anyway, I like the radio service from iTunes Radio.

  • I think it was unnecessary to include Spotify as an alternative music app.

  • Xee

    Deezer > Spotify

  • 9to5Slavery

    nPlayer hands down. IS THE BEST !

  • El Sánchez

    where is Deezer ?! o.O

    • Xee

      Exactly.

  • Mahmoud Elhakim

    if you installed napster and tweeked it with napst0d tweek that will be the best music experience you will get

  • Sleetui

    Perfect time to ask: Can developers on the appstore have a scrubber on Control Center or is that only for the Default Music App? And if so I think someone should make a tweak where it’ll allow all music apps Control Center capabilities.

    • Mr_Russ1an

      Unfortunately Apple does not provide a way for developers to have control of the scrubber in the Control Center 🙁
      Making a tweak to fix this unfortunately would not be that easy because different apps have different ways of scrubbing music. This would mean that the AppStore app would have to be updated to support the jailbreak tweak in some way.

      • Sleetui

        Wish some Developers can make tweaks so some Music Apps can have Scrubbing in Control Center. Maybe ask Reddit 😀

  • I think SoundCloud deserves a mention but won’t argue with Spotify being the best music app. In terms of price, functionality and availability Spotify is better than any other music app.

  • Has anyone ever tried Groove? I highly recommend that one. It’s free.

  • Kiera Nightly

    i will download this all