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10 best free music apps for Android for legal music


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Finding free music is much easier than before. Hacking is no longer the easiest way. These days, you can find just about any song using just a few apps. Streaming services appear and disappear every year, but there are a few that have managed to stand out from the rest. Let’s take a look at the best free and legal music apps for Android! Yes, it is possible to listen to music for free legally. Usually you only have to manage a few ads. Those looking for apps that play locally stored music should check out our list of the best music player apps here.

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Deezer

Price: Free / $ 9.99 to $ 14.99 per month

Deezer has been around for a while and it’s one of the best free music apps. The free version of the service allows you to use Deezer’s FLOW function to discover new artists and you can listen to playlists and mixes according to your personal taste. It also features lyric fetching, unlimited playlist creation, and mixes based on individual artists. There is a premium version which gives you more features like better sound quality, offline listening, and Android Auto support if you want. The only downside is that the app seems to be a bit rough around the edges.

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iHeartRadio

Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month

iHeartRadio is one of the most popular free music apps. It is a radio application where you can listen to a variety of stations according to your individual taste. It also includes seasonal radio stations and features such as podcasts, talk shows, and comedy shows. It also includes AM and FM radio stations that support data streaming and you can even listen to news and sports. It’s a versatile app with a modern hardware-designed user interface and it comes with little details like Chromecast support, Android Wear support, and Android Auto support.

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Jango Radio is sort of a wild card in the free music apps space. It has a variety of music from big names and independent artists. Unlike most, this service allows independent artists to pay for plays, which means you can hear a song that an artist has paid to hear. This gives Jango his operating income which helps him stay free. There are potential ethical issues. However, there are no advertisements on the service and it is a good way to discover new things.

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LiveXLive

Price: Free (with ads) / $ 3.99 to $ 9.99 per month

LiveXLive replaced Slacker Radio in 2019 and has many of the same features. You can listen to free music with various stations that cover a wide variety of genres. He basically acts like a green and black Pandora in that sense. You can get the premium version to add more features if you want, but the free version works quite well. This one also emphasizes live music rather than just an on-demand streaming service or station. He has potential, but he still needs work. We also don’t like that it only uses carrier billing or credit card through the app instead of supporting Google Play subscription.

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Pandora Music

Price: Free / $ 4.99 to $ 9.99 per month

Another of the most popular free music apps is Pandora Radio. Its main feature is its simplicity and cross-platform support. You can easily jump in and listen to the music you love on virtually any platform you can think of and your stations sync across all. Their content library has grown a lot over the past few years. The overall experience is overwhelmingly positive. They also offer a full on-demand streaming service for those who want a Spotify-style experience without leaving Pandora. The free stuff still works well, however.

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SoundCloud

Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month

SoundCloud is one of the more unique free music apps out there because it doesn’t just focus on what’s popular right now. In fact, literally any artist can upload to SoundCloud and this content can be played by anyone. The service currently has 125 million tracks, which is more than anyone will ever listen to. It also offers a variety of shows, podcasts and other content to enjoy. The free version is mostly made up of independent artists, while the paid version gives you the most popular music from bigger names. Most people who use it for free music are looking for these indie artists anyway, so it’s a good option.

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Spotify

Price: Free / $ 9.99 to $ 14.99 per month

Spotify is just great for music streaming and is one of the most popular free music apps of all time. It has a generous library, curated stations and playlists, and the ability to create your own stations and playlists if you wish. The free version of the service is not as robust as the paid version, but there is still a lot to like about Spotify’s free service. The app also comes with a lightweight hardware design, Chromecast support, and the tablet version actually has more features than the mobile version. Spotify also offers a dedicated free music app, Spotify Stations, also available on Google Play.

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To agree

Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month

It’s true that TuneIn Radio is known more for its talk radio, podcast, and humorous radio offerings than its music, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy free music on TuneIn. It has over 100,000 stations in total that cover almost any genre you can think of and also include AM and FM radio stations that can be streamed via data. There’s no real reason to get the premium version for music only, but it also offers audiobooks, live sports broadcasts, and more.


YouTube and YouTube Music

Price: Free / $ 12.99 per month

YouTube is the world’s most popular free music app. You can find pretty much anything you’ve heard of. Each group still has a presence on YouTube. You can also find official music videos, live shows, and even local bands every now and then. You can also create playlists, get recommendations, and more. YouTube Premium is a bit expensive, but you don’t need it. Tons of people use YouTube all the time for the music they love. YouTube Music is the dedicated music streaming app for YouTube and there is also a free version that you can use.

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Radio applications

Price: Free (usually)

Radio stations are how people got free music for decades before the internet. Many of them have adapted to this new world we live in and are available for free streaming online. The apps are never really amazing, but generally quite adequate. You open the app, hit the broadcast button, and listen to the radio station do its job. It is functionally no different from FM radio except that you need a data connection to make it work. We have 99.7 The Blitz Connected, a local radio station from Columbus, OH. You will have to search for your favorites on Google Play as there are too many to list them here.

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