June 21 (today) is celebrated as World Music Day around the world and this day was first celebrated as “Fête de la Musique” in France in 1982. Music has evolved over the years , just like the way we listen to music. iPod owners gradually switched to iPhones when it was launched, as they could easily transfer many iTunes songs. Similarly, Android smartphone users also have great options for streaming and listening to music – from Spotify to YouTube Music, these free apps have changed the way people listen to music on the go and at home. While you might want to pay to stream music through these music apps, you should also know that a lot of these apps allow you to stream music for free.
Today, on World Music Day, we bring you the best free music streaming apps for Android.
There is no doubt that Spotify is the undisputed leader among music streaming apps. Well, almost. The Swedish music streaming giant offers both free and paid tiers for Android users and its plans start for as low as Rs 119 per month. The company’s website also states that it provides the first month of premium membership for free before users choose a plan. Spotify’s premium subscribers grew 15% year-over-year to 182 million in the first quarter of 2022, from 180 million in the prior quarter.
YouTube Music is owned by tech giant Google, and like Spotify, it offers both free and paid music streaming services. YouTube Music Premium costs $9.99 per month and allows users to stream and download ad-free music on the go. Last year, in September, the company announced that its paid subscribers on YouTube Music and YouTube Premium had grown to 50 million users, up from 30 million in December 2020.
Gaana is another good music streaming app for Android users. Similar to Jio Saavn and Wynk Music, Gaana also offers music streaming in Hindi, English, Telugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Odiya, Rajasthani, Urdu, Haryanvi, Assamese, and Bengali. Gaana offers paid and free plans; For the premium subscription, users enjoy ad-free music streaming at 320 kbps and offline music playback.
Owned by telecommunications major Bharti Airtel, the Wynk Music streaming platform is one of the best music streaming apps on Android. Its USP is its music library offered in fourteen languages namely English, Bengali, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Haryanvi, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya , Punjabi, Rajasthani, Telugu and Tamil. Wynk Music subscription is free for Airtel subscribers. Those using other cellular networks can also use the app. Wynk Music monthly subscription price starts at Rs 49 or annual subscription at Rs 399.
Previously known as Saavn, Jio Saavn is owned by major telecommunications company Reliance Jio and offers ad-supported music streaming services. The platform offers songs in multiple languages including English, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Urdu, L Haryanvi, Rajasthani, Oriya and Assamese.