The Top 12 Free Music Apps

The Best Free Music Apps for Your Mobile Device

These free music apps will help you listen to music in just about every different way imaginable. These are the best free music apps to help you listen to your personal music library, discover new artists, identify songs, listen to streaming music, and find radio stations near you.

All of these music apps are completely free and most are compatible with both Androids and iPhones. Use the link to download or find them in the online store on your phone. You'll be up and running in no time with a free music app that you won't be able to remember how you lived without.

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Pandora

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Pandora is a free music app that streams songs for you to listen to. Enter your favorite artist and Pandora will play songs by them along with similar artists that Pandora recommends. You can rate the songs and bookmark favorite artists that you've discovered as you listen.

The Pandora app really works best when you're connected to Wi-Fi so you can stream the songs with little to no buffering.

Register for free with Pandora and you'll be able to save your stations and ratings across the phone app and their website if you also listen on your computer.

App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, NOOK, Windows Phone

Cost: Free More

Shazam

Screenshot of the Shazam app on an iPhone
Shazam App (iPhone). © Shazam Entertainment Limited

Shazam is a very cool free music app that listens to a song that's being played and then tells you the name of the song and the artist. You then have the option of sharing your discovery, watching a music video of it on YouTube, playing it in Spotify, finding tour information, viewing a discography, reading album reviews, and creating a Pandora station based on that artist.

Each song that's identified through Shazam will then be saved as a tag. You can share these tags with your friends and view their discoveries as well.

Sometimes, depending on the song that Shazam identifies, you can even watch the lyrics scroll by as you listen along!

App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Nokia, Windows 8 tablet, Windows Phone

Cost: Free More

Spotify

Screenshot of the Spotify app on an iPhone
Spotify App (iPhone).

Spotify is an awesome music app that lets you follow artists and sync music from your desktop. Similar to Pandora, you can create a radio station so Spotify will play recommended music based on your initial interest.

You can find music by viewing top lists and new releases as well as by searching for playlists and your favorite artists and albums. You can even add your favorite songs to a Spotify music library and then play them again later.

The app allows several different push notifications like for when a new album has been released for an artist that you're following and when a playlist has been updated.

Spotify can also be installed on Windows and Mac operating systems.

App Available for: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone

Cost: Free More

iHeartRadio

Screenshot of the iHeartRadio app on an iPhone
iHeartRadio App (iPhone). © iHeartMedia, Inc.

If you just need a radio app for your mobile device, iHeartRadio has you covered, as it supports tons of devices, has awesome features, zero commercials, and finds nearby radio stations with ease.

You can also listen to podcasts and create your own music stations based on your favorite songs, search for stations, and look in categories like 80s and 90s hits, alternative, holiday, classical, rock, oldies, and more to find the music you'll like the most.

Your favorite stations can be saved as presets and even set as an alarm clock complete with a daily schedule and snooze option. You can also set a sleep timer to turn off a radio station after so-many minutes or hours.

The iHeartRadio also lets you view lyrics as you listen, see an artist's biography, and share a station with others.

In addition to mobile apps and desktop web browsers, iHeartRadio is available for Windows 8, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Yahoo! TV and more.

App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone 8/7

Cost: Free More

Slacker Radio

Screenshot of the Slacker Radio app on an iPhone
Slacker Radio App (iPhone). © Slacker, Inc.

Slacker Radio is a free music app that has pre-programmed streaming radio stations for just about every genre you can think of. While listening to these stations you can fine tune them to play more of the songs that you like.

You can also create new stations and playlists as well as keep track of your favorite songs and recently played songs.

App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Nokia, Palm, Windows Phone

Cost: Free More

TuneIn Radio

Screenshot of the TuneIn Radio app on an iPhone
TuneIn Radio App (iPhone). © TuneIn, Inc.

If you love radio but want the convenience of it on your smartphone then you'll want to check out the free music app TuneIn Radio.

TuneIn Radio lets you find and listen to local radio stations wherever you are and save them as presets. I love to use this feature while I'm traveling.

You can also enter a song or artist and you'll instantly have a list of all the radio stations around the country that play that song or artist. With a push of a button you can then listen to that radio station from your phone.

If you really like TuneIn Radio you may want to buy their pro app which allows you to record what you're hearing on the radio.

TuneIn Radio also works for several smart TVs.

App Available for: Amazon Kindle, Android, Bada, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone

Cost: Free More

SoundCloud

Screenshot of the SoundCloud app on an iPhone
SoundCloud App (iPhone). © SoundCloud Ltd.

SoundCloud contains tons of audio uploaded by other users, so it includes both homemade audio and music from up-and-coming artists.

You can search for music, artists, and audio as well as follow other users to keep track of their new uploads. A combined 10+ hours of audio is posted every minute from the users, which means you can surely find something interesting to listen to.

Playlists can be built on the iPhone so you can create a customized stream of your favorite music and share the playlists with others.

Some devices even let you record and upload your own audio right through the app.

App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Cost: Free More

Google Play Music

Screenshot of the Google Play Music app on an iPhone
Google Play Music App (iPhone). © Google, Inc.

If you just want to listen to your own music library ad-free and on the go without any radio stations or unwanted music getting in the way, Google Play Music is the perfect app to do so.

You can upload up to 50,000 of your own songs to your Google account (each song can be up to 300 MB) and then instantly have access to all of it with an easy to use app. You can play your music in shuffle mode, create custom playlists, or just manually choose specific songs to play at any time without any limitations. 

Once you've had the app for awhile, you can start an "I'm feeling lucky mix" to play audio from your library based on the music you listen to most, or create a regular mix from any song to play music similar to it.

If you want more from the Google Play Music app, you can subscribe to an all access pass, which lets you discover and save new music to your account for a monthly fee.

Google Play Music works in a browser as well as through an app with any of the below devices.

App Available for: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Cost: Free More

Amazon Music

Screenshot of the Amazon Music app on an iPhone
Amazon Music App (iPhone). © AMZN Mobile LLC

Amazon Music is similar to the Google Play Music app in that you can load up to 250 of your own songs to your Amazon account to have access to it from a mobile device.

You also have the ability to download your music offline so you can listen to it from the app even without an internet connection.

The Amazon Music app lets you organize your music in playlists, add the existing playlists that are already on your device, play the local songs that're already on your device, and supports adding music to your account from a PC or Mac.

Amazon Prime members get an ad-free experience and unlimited access to millions of songs.

Amazon Music is really easy to use, looks great, and also works on Samsung TV, Roku, Sonos, and the web.

App Available for: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire

Cost: Free Buy from Amazon

Musi

Screenshot of the Musi app on an iPhone
Musi App (iPhone). © Christian Lunny

Musi is a simple app that lets you add videos from YouTube and SoundCloud to your own custom playlists. The app will stream the music through iOS so you can use the regular volume and playback controls without having to keep the app open.

You can manually search for music or browse through the popular and trending songs, as well as look through the videos by genre.

Because videos are displayed, you're able to change the streaming settings from HQ to standard to save on data usage.

An unlimited number of playlists can be built with Musi, but the app is ad-supported.

App Available for: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Cost: Free More

8tracks

Screenshot of the 8tracks app on an iPhone
8tracks App (iPhone). © 8tracks, Inc.

8tracks is another radio app for mobile devices that let you listen to ad-free music through mixes that each contain 8 tracks. You can browse through staff picked mixes, featured, popular, and trending ones as well as share mixes, comment on them with other users, and like the mixes for recommendations of similar music.

Mixes can also be found by searching for an artist or by activity, mood, or genre. As you add filters like "happy," and "summer," mixes are instantly shown on the bottom of the screen from where you can start playing them instantly.

Tracks you favorite are collected together and can be viewed later on SoundCloud or YouTube.

In addition to the below, 8tracks can be used in Windows 8, any mobile browser, Xbox, WordPress and Joomla via a plugin, and several other places.

App Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Palm, Windows Phone

Cost: Free More

Free Music for iPhone Plus

Screenshot of the Free Music for iPhone Plus app on an iPhone
Free Music for iPhone Plus (iPhone). © Gal Smi

Free Music for iPhone Plus (previously called Musicbox) is a very simple music app for iOS devices that lets you search for artists and songs like a regular search engine as well as by hashtags like #pop, #top100, #trend, and #rock.

You can't create your own playlists, but once you select one song, subsequent music in that same search result will continue to play and can be controlled with the regular music controls in iOS.

A link to the video that's currently playing can be shared with others via text, email, or Twitter.

App Available for: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Cost: Free More