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Best Apple Music Alternative of 2018 - Top Ten List

By Zoe Clarke

February 26, 2018

"I tried Apple Music for free and found it wasn't the one I want. Are there great alternative streaming music service to replace?"


Even though Apple Music has a large music library, that doesn't mean it is the best streaming music service for everyone. Then, Apple Music alternatives are necessary for fitting various needs. To replace Apple Music, you should consider three factors of choosing music streaming services carefully.


• First, make sure why you cancel Apple Music subscription.

• Second, compare to the price, catalog, design, etc. of other streaming music services.

• Third, know about users' experience and feelings.


The factors listed above can help you figure out the following top ten Apple Music replacements clearly.


Top Ten Apple Music Alternative of 2018

#1. Spotify

Spotify has ad-free, offline playback function and on-demand streaming if you pay for it. If you don't mind accepting ads while listening to music, you can continue listening for free without upgrading to Premium. It also has Internet radio options for you to explore.


Catalog size: 30 million + songs

Cost: $9.99/mo for individuals after three-month trial, $4.99/mo students and $14.99/mo for Family plan (or 50 percent off each additional account when upgrade to a Family plan)

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, Mac, PlayStation, Web


Further Reading: [SOLVED] How to Block Ads on Spotify Without Premium

Alternative Spotify


#2. Google Play Music

You can free listen to ad-supported Google Play Music. But other free features may interest you a lot. For instance, radio channel made by experts and facility to upload your personal collection of up to 50,000 songs on Google server. If you paid for the subscription, you have rights of ad-free, unlimited skips and offline playback.


Catalog size: 40 million songs

Cost: $9.99/mo after 60-day trial and 17.99/mo for Family plan

Compatibility: Available for iOS, Android, and Web


Further Reading: Use Google Play Music Freely on iPhone

Alternative Google Play Music


#3. Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music has thousands of ad-free, curated playlists, and offline listening is an option. It also allows you to upload your own song to the music library.


Catalog size: Over a million tracks

Cost: The same $99 a year you already pay for Amazon Prime

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Fire tablets and phones, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Echo, Windows, Mac and the Web


Further Reading: Solved: Enjoy Amazon Prime Music Offline

Alternative Amazon Prime Music


#4. TIDAL

TIDAL is absolutely the ideal choice for those who love listening to music with high fidelity sound quality. Also, the curated editorial by experts and artists ideally take care of your specific penchant as well as music videos, but there's no ad-supported free listening.


Catalog size: More than 40 million songs

Cost: $9.99/mo or $19.99/mo for lossless CD quality audio, Student pricing ($4.99 for the standard tier and $9.99 for the Hi-Fi tier)

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Web

Alternative TIDAL


#5. Groove Music

Groove Music is a digital music streaming service developed by Microsoft that offers music streaming through subscription or purchase through the Windows Store.


Catalog size: 18 million+ tracks (US) and 50 million+ tracks (globally)

Cost: $9.99/mo and $99.99/year

Compatibility: Available on Windows 8/8.1/10, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, iOS and Web

Alternative Groove Music


#6. Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio has excellent curated internet radio stations from which to pick. It allows users to create and share customized music stations. The only downside is a more limited library of tunes.


Catalog size: 13 million songs

Cost: Free with ads; $3.99 a month to remove ads and get unlimited skips; $9.99 a month caches songs for offline playback and allows stations creation around a specific artist

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Kindle Fire, Xbox and the Web

Alternative Slacker Radio


#7. Pandora

Pandora is like a smart search engine for music. You can pick a song, the service picks songs to play on the "station" created, based on the artist, genre, and other features. But ads-supported for free lisTening.


Catalog size: 2 million tracks

Cost: $4.99/mo or $54.89 per year for Pandora One

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Windows Phone, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, Blackberry, Pebble Watch, and Web

Alternative Pandora


#8. Rdio

Rdio was an online music streaming service that offered ad-supported free streaming and ad-free subscription streaming services in 85 countries. It also provides you with a personal radio station (You FM) or pick another song to create a new one.


Catalog size: More than 35 million songs

Cost: Free for ad-based listening; $3.99 per month with no ads and unlimited skips, plus 25 song downloads; $9.99 a month for any song on demand, no ads, and unlimited skips, unlimited downloads

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, Web

Alternative Rdio


#9. Deezer

With Deezer, you can quickly discover and stream music. It provides you unlimited access to millions of tracks. If you like to sing along with songs, the on-screen lyrics will help match the rhythm.


Catalog size: Over one million songs

Cost: $9.99/mo for Premium+ and $14.99/mo for Family plan

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry 10 devices, Panasonic TV, Samsung Smart TV, Web

Alternative Deezer


#10. Shazam

Shazam can identify music with one tap whether online or offline and discover song lyrics from your favourite artists.


Catalog size: Identify 15 billion songs

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, and Windows systems

Alternative Shazam


Have I forgotten to include any of your favorite Apple Music app alternatives in this list? If yes, let us know and share to other people who are looking for the one they really need in the comments.


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