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Top Music Streaming Apps for Android

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Believe it or not, not so long ago, I was only getting my music from one music-streaming app.  What’s the big deal you ask? Read on to find out.

There are so many streaming services  available, yet I had never bothered to give any others a try. I fired up my first app and never bothered looking around, though I recently found out that that was a bad move. You see, a friend of mine encouraged me to give her favorite app a go and I was stunned to learn that I favored it.

There are now more streaming apps then ever, as well as plenty of music-streaming devices like cell phones and wireless speakers that in conjunction with the apps, offer up a world of music entertainment. I have suspicions though, that there are more than a few people like myself, who haven’t explored their options fully. If you’ve ever been curious about what other apps have to offer, here’s a brief summary of Android’s top channels.

Pandora

Apndora

Pandora is probably one of the longest standing and most recognizable streaming apps. It’s extremely simple to use and offers a free and paid version. In both, you can choose from a wide variety of musical genres, or enter the name of an artist or song to start a station. Pandora then customizes the station based on your feedback, which is submitted with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down icon. There are advertisements and Pandora’s music license limits the number of songs you can skip at once but upgrading to Pandora one will remove the ads and grant you more skips. This popular app currently works with over 600 streaming devices, including the new HEOS line by legendary audio brand Denon.

Spotify

Spotify
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This app is one that gained popularity quickly, likely based on the services limited use of commercials and accessibility to specific music. It differs from Pandora because it allows you to access any song from any artist right away, whereas Pandora alternately creates a station based off your search, but doesn’t necessarily play the song you wanted to hear right away.  Spotify also offers tiered pricing on their premium plans, though a free version is also available. Spotify is offered on many streaming devices, including the well-known HEOS by Denon and BOSE line.

Rhapsody

Rhapsody
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Rhapsody is one of the oldest music-streaming services available today. This service is renowned for its vast library of music, as well as its family-friendly pricing plans and ad-free entertainment. Unlike Pandora and Spotify however, Rhapsody does not offer a free service. You can try a complimentary Rhapsody trial for the first fourteen days and from there, you’ll be billed a monthly subscription that is based on the number of mobile devices used with the service. If Rhapsody sounds like your cup of tea, it’s available on streaming devices like Logitech and HEOS by Denon.

At the end of the day, the music-streaming app you like best comes down to individual preference, much like the streaming devices you choose to enjoy it with. And as with all things, the key to discovering your favorite is to try as many options as possible. Happy discovering!

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