Music has been the way of entertainment since the inception of mankind, but the way we consume music keeps changing. In India, we are currently witnessing a data revolution and people have gradually grown accustomed to not carrying their bulk of media content on their phones and with accessing content directly from the cloud.
As a result, content and music streaming services are blooming and there are numerous options that you may choose from. So, without further ado, here’s the list of top 10 music streaming apps:
Saavn has been a known name to music listeners for quite a long time now and it is one of the top grossing apps in the music category. It gives you unlimited access to Bollywood, English and regional content from Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam and Bhojpuri languages. You can create your own playlists or play online radios according to mood, genre or artist.
Within the app, you will also find several interesting podcasts clubbed under ‘Saavn originals’. There is a pro version available for this app if you want to download your music and avail an ad-free experience.
Gaana has also been a major player in the streaming industry and has one of the highest user bases. Their collection includes 30 million songs from across several Indian languages like Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Oriya, Rajasthani, Bengali, Assamese and Bhojpuri apart from Hindi and English.
You can also access the lyrics of your favourite tracks. It even has an inbuilt voice assistant that can play songs according to your commands and there is a song finder which can grasp songs playing near you and identify them for you. It also comes with a Gaana Plus subscription that lets you download stuff and get rid of ads.
3) Wynk Music
Next on the list is Airtel’s very own music streaming app Wynk. This app was the first one to offer free downloads among the streaming apps. It is, however, mostly limited to Airtel network users. Other network users can also stream using Wynk but they can stream only up to 100 songs per month and to download you need to pay separately.
Wynk offers music from across numerous Indian languages such as Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Marathi, Oriya & Kannada apart from Hindi & English. The Wynk Premium subscription allows you to stream content without ads.
4) Jio Music
Reliance had launched a bunch of apps along with its path-breaking mobile network Jio. These apps were intended to provide Jio users with a chance to remove the need to rely on 3rd-party apps for daily tasks.
As a part of this ecosystem, they also launched their Music streaming app Jio Music. Jio Music has songs dating back to even 50’s and 60’s so that is one big upside if you are keen on listening to old music. This also has library spanning across languages like Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Odiya, Urdu, Assamese, Carnatic, Hindustani. It even comes with an inbuilt equalizer which can help you adjust your audio.
It is available for Jio Prime users specifically and does not include any ads as of now. With the recent merger of Jio and Saavn, the library of Jio music will get better but there can be a few hiccups related to the purchases.
5) Apple Music
If you are an Apple user, you might be already aware of it’s in-house Apple Music app. This app entails a membership subscription price and lets you stream songs from around the world. This is totally ad-free and lets you download your favourite songs but that is what is expected from a paid subscription. All the well-known DJs and music composers often release their content on Apple Music. You even get personalised recommendations based on your music listening.
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6) Amazon Prime Music
Amazon recently launched their Music streaming app which accompanies Prime video and is free for Prime users. It is ad-free and allows you to download unlimited songs but there is no free subscription with ads available so you need to have a prime account to use this streaming app. You can choose from across 12 Indian languages such as English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Rajasthani. Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant has also been integrated within the app so that you can directly ask for songs, albums or artists.
7) Hungama Music
Another veteran in the streaming industry is Hungama Music. You can find old Hindi classics to international jams all at one place in Hungama Music. It has curated content for different music genres and moods. You have access to lyrics and an inbuilt music player which helps you play offline music. You have content from Hindi, English, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Oriya, Assamese and Haryanavi. There is also a rewards system which lets you earn points as you watch videos, play, share songs and the points earned can be redeemed to avail PRO account that gives you access to ad-free downloadable content.
8) Coke Studio
Music listeners who listen to independent Hindi music will be familiar with the impact Coke studio created in the music industry. Coke Studio constantly generates great exclusive Hindi content and some of the prominent artists of the industry feature in their songs. You can stream, download songs, create playlists and check your favourite artist’s profile. You can also see when the new episodes of coke studio are going to be aired on radio or TV channels.
Going global, SoundCloud is a major player with the largest collection of international music. People around the globe rely mainly on SoundCloud to upload their music tracks, hoping to get recognition so you never run out of options in browsing new content. It uses machine learning algorithms to fine-tune suggestions for you as you use the platform.
It is a one-stop destination for accessing English music content from emerging and well-established artists. The app has two paid subscription plans SoundCloud GO and SoundCloud GO+ of which the former is for accessing ad-free downloadable content from emerging and established artists while the latter allows you to get access to fully expanded catalogue including superstars from major labels and indies.
The list cannot end without mentioning the pioneer in the field of streaming audio content. Spotify is arguably one of the best music streaming service available in the world right now. Its algorithms are deemed to be the best in the business right now and the app is known to perfectly curate content according to one’s interest. It allows you to stream songs for free and there is a premium subscription which allows you to download music and have an ad-free experience. But sadly though, Spotify is not available in our country yet.
However, there is a certain trick to bypass the catch and get access to Spotify experience. You can download the app and signup to Spotify after getting connected to VPN and you can normally start using the app once the sign in is done. Make sure that you connect to a VPN server from a region which has Spotify access. You might be signed out after a point of time but you can sign in again after connecting to a VPN. If you are an avid listener of English music, you might not mind putting in these extra efforts to get the best experience.
Best Audio Streaming Apps in India
These are the best mobile audio streaming apps currently available in the market. You can choose the one which suits you best depending on your language preferences and mobile networks. A lot of people have already made the shift to audio streaming apps as they give you access to high-quality music without taking up space on your mobile. Now that data prices are significantly cheaper, it is recommended that you try them.