The default iOS Music app and Google’s Play Music for Android (Android v2.2 and later) both provide very good basic experiences for playing music you already own, with Google having the advantage of offering free cloud storage (upload 20,000 songs for free, versus Apple’s iTunes Match cloud-based service for $24.99 per year). But each platform’s app store offers alternatives that expand upon the basics; some focus on music discovery, while others emphasize features like lyrics, sound adjustment and user interface.
Here are the 10 best music apps for your smartphone or tablet.
The free app works like an ad-supported radio service, but Spotify premium ($9.99 per month) removes ads and includes offline listening and wireless syncing of your own music. You can see what your friends are listening to and share music with other subscribers via Facebook integration. The app itself is also a platform for other apps, with content from Pitchfork, “Rolling Stone,” classical outlets and much more.