The Best Music Apps for iPhones


From listening to our favourite podcast on the commute home, to blasting hours of catchy tunes at the summer BBQ party, a good playlist is music to our ears. But if you’re an iPhone user, you’ll know that iTunes Music and iTunes Radio can’t always get the party started. Sometimes these default Apple apps can be confusing, or limiting in terms of functions. That’s why we’ve created a list of some of the most popular music apps for iPhones to make sure you don’t suffer a quiet ride home.

Deezer: Music & Podcast Player

If you’re a fan of Spotify and similar apps like iTunes Music and iTunes Radio, Deezer is designed as another alternative. Its main selling point is Deezer Flow, a feature designed to tailor the music it plays to suit you. Unlike some streaming services, Deezer features the latest hits as well as old-school songs which are now largely stored on vinyl records and discs. You can also download podcasts and stream to different radio stations.

For unlimited offline listening, Deezer Premium is available for $16.99 per month.

  • Price: Free


Soundtrap is an ideal free music app for artists and aspiring musicians. Created by the fine folks at Spotify, Soundtrap allows you to record and edit songs using audio from your mic. The app also includes instruments like drums, piano, and synths. You can then collaborate on your track by using the built-in text and video chat features.

A paid subscription service is available and offers similar features unrestricted access to many of the features included in the free version.

  • Price: Free


Cassette mixtapes are pretty much now considered a legacy of the 90s. But the process of crafting a playlist as a love letter to a highschool crush is timeless. Pacemaker is an app focused on creating and sharing playlists, using iTunes or Spotify as your source of tunes. But most importantly, Pacemaker allows you to interact with each track by adjusting specific levels and cropping audio to get the perfect mix.

  • Price: Free

SoundHound – Music Discovery

Love Siri? SoundHound is a hands-free music app which allows you to use voice control to search and play your favourite tunes. It’s been making plenty of noise as a standout music identification service. But it also allows you to stream the nation’s chart toppers and sing-along with real-time lyrics. This is an especially ideal app if you’re constantly fussing over the car radio.

  • Price: Free

TuneIn Radio

If you’re stuck in the office and don’t want to miss out on the big NBA game happening at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, or if you’re just plain homesick, TuneIn Radio might just be the closest you can get to experiencing overseas travel without paying a cent on flights and accommodation. The app gives you access to radio stations around the world so you can live stream a massive selection of music, news and sports straight from your device. Podcasts are similarly available.

The TuneIn Radio Pro app is also separately available for $14.99. This particular monthly subscription service removes ads and allows you to use listen offline as well as record what you’re listening to.

  • Price: Free


Are you the type of person who always wants to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new music? SoundCloud is claimed to be the largest music and audio streaming platform, giving happy users the opportunity to discover upcoming artists and interact with other people online. From indie artists to some of the biggest players in the music industry, the platform features a variety of genres as well as audiobooks and podcasts.

SoundCloud is a free app to download and use. But you can choose to pay for either of its paid alternatives, SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+. SoundCloud Go is a $7.99 monthly subscription service, while SoundCloud Go+ costs $14.99 a month. Both remove ads and give you offline access to your library, but only SoundCloud Go+ allows you to stream without an internet connection.

  • Price: Free

Google Play Music

For those who haven’t picked a side in the Android versus iOS war, or if you’re just an iPhone user who recently transitioned from a Samsung phone, Google Play Music seems to be the sound choice when it comes to finding the best music app. Similar to streaming services like Spotify and TuneIn Radio, Google Play music offers a free option and a paid version.

The free features allow you to store and stream up to 50,000 songs, as well as get recommendations based on factors like your taste, mood, activity and location. Alternatively, paying subscribers receive access to a range of features, including ad-free listening, offline listening and access to more than 40 million songs.

    • Price: Free


Are you obsessed with a catchy tune on the radio, but can’t figure out the name of the singer or the song title? Shazam is one of the most well-known music identification services, and can even help you sing along by providing lyrics as well as sourcing music videos on YouTube. The app also contains visual recognition, which is said to be compatible with posters, magazine and books containing the Shazam camera logo.

But Shazam isn’t a one trick pony. It offers similar features to other media players and can recommend new tracks, share songs, and perform a bunch of other functions.

      • Price: Free

Vox Music Player

Remember the days when people used to scavenge for free music on piracy sites like Limewire and Napster, before burning their newly downloaded tunes onto CDs? Then you might be able to vaguely recognise file formats such as M4A and FLAC.

Vox has been hailed as a simple and more format-inclusive alternative to iTunes. Apple’s default library has slowly evolved into an all-encompassing media library for music, audio books, movies and TV shows. But many users have criticised the company for the lack of versatility when it comes to file formats, especially lossless audio files.

Vox is designed to support a variety of tracks, not just the ones saved as an mp3. It can compile songs from a variety of sources including your iTunes library, a folder on your computer, and through internet radio.

The different versions of this app include the Vox iOS Player, Vox Mac Player and Vox Radio.

      • Price: Free

Spotify Music

It wouldn’t be a ‘best of’ music apps list without Spotify, especially as the streaming service has topped the Apple charts as the most downloaded music app for iPhone users. The popular, free, app allows you to enjoy your favourite songs and podcasts on different devices, with a variety of playlists also crafted to suit different moods, activities and genre preferences. You can even collaborate with your friends to make the perfect playlist, provided they have their own Spotify account.

If you want to listen offline – as well as listen to fewer ads – then Spotify has a number of paid premium options. There’s also special discounts for student and families, as well as free trial offers throughout the year.

      • Price: Free

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