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:
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming apps in the world and is used by millions of people. It has a lot to offer. One can listen to their favorite songs, albums, podcasts, and much more. They have a vast collection of music. Although one can stream music for free on this app, if you want to listen to music ad-free or save it for listening offline, then you will need Spotify Premium plans.
Things to like about Spotify-
- You can use the app to stream music directly.
- It is a free app.
- You can search for music easily as the app is fast.
The various subscriptions plans for Spotify Premium are-
- Premium Mini Plans- Rs. 7 for 1 day/Rs. 25 for 1 week
- Student plan- Rs. 59/month- 1 account
- Individual plan- Rs. 119/month- 1 account
- Family- Rs. 179/month- 6 accounts
- Download here: Android | iOS
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.
Things to like about JioSaavn App-
- The app has live music and lyrics for karaoke.
- If you want to save data, you can download music offline.
- It supports 320kbps audio music.
- This app contains podcasts, shows, and much more.
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 favorite tracks. It even has an inbuilt voice assistant that can play songs according to your commands and there is a song finder that 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.
Things to like about Gaana app-
- The app has over 45 million songs.
- It supports HD-quality music streaming.
- It has radio stations.
- It is free (but with ads)
- It contains music from various languages.
Gaana Plus plans-
- 1 month- Gaana plus- Rs. 99
- 6 months- Gaana plus- Rs. 249
- 1 Year Gaana plus- Rs. 299
4) 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.
Things to like about Wynk App-
- It is considered one of the best music apps in India.
- It allows HD music streaming.
- You can find the lyrics of the songs to sing along.
- It delivers personalized recommendations to its users.
5) Apple Music
If you are an Apple user, you might be already aware of its 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 favorite songs but that is what is expected from a paid subscription. If you’re a student, you could opt for the premium subscription of Rs 60 per month. Other individuals could get the same for Rs 120 per month while for a family pack, it is Rs 190 per month. This one also offers a free 3-month trial (which you can cancel anytime) to decide if you want to stick.
All well-known DJs and music composers often release their content on Apple Music. So, you get a large library of songs. You even get personalized recommendations based on your music listening. Even lyrics of songs could be availed straight from the app.
Things to like about the Apple Music app-
- You can listen to over 60 million songs.
- New members get a free subscription for 3 months.
- You can listen to radio stations as well.
- You can create profiles and follow your friends.
Download here: Android
6) Amazon Prime Music
Amazon recently launched its 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 12 Indian languages such as English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, and Rajasthani. Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant has also been integrated into the app so that you can directly ask for songs, albums, or artists. The Amazon Music app comes bundled with the e-commerce website membership. Annual membership costs Rs. 1499.
Things to like about the Amazon Music app-
- The app has an ad-free listening experience.
- It contains over 60 million songs.
- It has a 30-day free trial period.
- You can use this app offline as well.
7) Hungama Music
Another veteran in the streaming industry is Hungama Music. You can find old Hindi classics to international jams all in 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 that lets you earn points as you watch videos, play, and share songs, and the points earned can be redeemed to avail PRO account that gives you access to ad-free downloadable content.
You could browse through their plans and schemes by visiting this link.
Things to like about the Hungama Music app-
- It has a wide variety of songs from different genres.
- The platform gets lyrics as well.
- You will get recommendations as well.
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 favorite 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 ($4.99/month) and SoundCloud GO+ ($9.99/month) 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 catalog including superstars from major labels and indies.
Things to like about the SoundCloud app-
- It has one of the most diverse collections of audio and music.
- The app allows you to connect with musicians.
- With curated playlists, you can access music faster.
10. YouTube Music
YouTube is one of the best music apps in India and is very popular too. It allows you to search for your favorite tracks and discover new songs. YouTube Premium provides an ad-free experience. It is available on Android as well as iOS stores.
Things to like about YouTube Music App-
- You can listen to uninterrupted music, ad-free.
- Music can continue in the background as well as on the lock screen.
- It is very easy to use and search on this app.
- The app has a large database of music.
YouTube Music Premium Plans-
- Individual plan- Rs. 129 per month
- Family plan- Rs. 189/month (up to 5 members can use)
- Student plan- Rs. 79/month
All 3 plans come with 1 month’s free trial before they start billing.
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.
(Updated by Shivangi Agarwal on 8.9.2022)