It was great while it lasted, but Google is putting an end to Google Play Music this year. It’s YouTube Music that’ll be taking its place instead. But, what if YouTube Music is also out of the question when it comes to hearing your favorite tunes?
Not to worry, there are various Play Music alternatives out there that have nothing to do with YouTube Music. The music service you choose will depend on the features the music service offers; hopefully, you’ll find one that’ll replace Google Play Music.
If you want to use a music app that’ll give you a great experience and that’s also easy to use, then you might want to give Spotify a try. After using for a while, the music app will pick up on what music you like and create a Made for You playlist.
You can also discover what’s new thanks to the Discover Weekly it also offers. If you want to play a song you recently heard but can’t remember what it’s called, the app has a Recently Played section where you’ll find all the songs you listened to recently.
You can only add 10k songs to My Library, and you can only add five devices to your account. The app also offers Spotify Connect; you can use the app on Android Wear and TV. Spotify provides a variety of subscriptions for you to choose from.
Do you feel like uploading your own music? With Tidal, you can do that and enjoy the excellent sound quality as well. The app is free to use, but you can choose from various subscriptions Tidal has to offer.
The app allows you to download music to enjoy offline listening, and you can listen to existing playlists. But, if you don’t see anything you like, you can always create your own playlists. You also have the option to stream music at 24-bit, 96kHz MQA or at 44.1kHz FLAC.
You will have to choose a subscription from the very beginning, but the app offers a free trial, so you can see if the app has what you’re looking for.
Another option you can try is SoundCloud. The app has millions of tracks to offer, and it offers plans for listeners and for creators. It’s the largest open audio platform. You can upload your music to the app if you have the right to do so. It offers over 190 million tracks from 20 million creators in about 190 countries.
SoundCloud offers different plans. For example, you can sign up and pay $4.99 a month if you’re going to use the app on Android/web. But, if you’re an iOS user will pay $5.99. There’s also SoundCloud Go+ that goes for $9.99 for Android and $12.99 for iOS users.
The streaming quality the app has to offer is 256kbps AAC. If you’re a video editor or a multimedia artist, SoundCloud can be your source for sound effects and background music.
4. Apple Music
With Apple Music, you can go with a free account, or you can decide to pay $9.99 a month for more options. With the free account, you can only listen to music you’ve paid for, uploaded from your device, or ripped. It’s only with the paid account that you can access the music library. It has a music library of over 60 million songs and offers radios stations, on-demand content, and if you have that many, you also upload 100k of your own songs.
If you have an existing library from iTunes, you can listen to any music you’ve paid for. You’ll have access to all your music, whether you got it from the web or had it copied on a CD. Apple Music will also recommend music based on the music you listen to, and as soon as you sign up, it has you choose your favorite artists so you’ll be shown music it knows you’ll like.
Depending on what you’re looking for in a Google Play Music alternative will influence which one you choose. But, the ones previously mentioned as worth a try, and hopefully, one of them will be the one you’ll go with. Did you see a possible replacement?