7 Best Free Music Streaming Apps for iPhone and Android

For all the music buffs out there, keeping a wide variety of music on your portable device isn’t always possible – the storage space may have been exhausted, you may have been too lazy to download the latest songs or are in the mood to try some different genre. This is where having a good music streaming app makes a lot of sense. We talk about a bunch of multi-platform apps that you can download.

Essentially these apps will utilize a data connection – EDGE, 3G or Wi-Fi – to essentially download chunks of the audio in one go, and play them back on the device. What you need to keep an eye on is the data usage, more so if it’s 3G connectivity that you’re using.

[heading]1. TuneIN Radio [ iOS / Android ][/heading]
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TuneIN RAdio is possible the neatest steaming app out there, with more than 40,000 local radio stations. Available for almost all platforms out there, TuneIN Radio’s clean division across genre and categories, with sub-categories, help make search easier. You can set stations as Favorites, which helps since the separate Favorites tab takes you straight to the marked stations the moment you open the app.

[heading]2. Live365 [ iOS / Android ][/heading]
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Live365 has a visually appealing interface, with an image accompanying every single genre category, and there are quite a few of them, if you consider the sub-category as well. A wide range of stations are available. The app also offers recommendations but we doubt those are based on your recent listening habits.

[heading]3. Dhingana [ iOS / Android ][/heading]
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This is the ideal app if you prefer Hindi music, primarily Bollywood soundtracks. All the latest soundtracks make their way to the app quite quickly. Dhingana is available only for iOS, Android and BlackBerry currently. A neat interface means you can search for whatever you want quite quickly.

[heading]4. OurStage Radio [ iOS ][/heading]
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With OurStage Radio, you can discover the best music from new artists in every genre on your iPhone. OurStage Radio also serves as your mobile window to the monthly OurStage battle of the bands, where artists compete for the chance to have their career to blow up.

This app does not play music from the historical catalogues of major labels. It is dedicated to the very best NEW music from artists of all types: unsigned, independent, and major label.

[heading]5. Accu Radio [ iOS ][/heading]
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AccuRadio features hundreds of great-sounding, well-programmed music channels — rock, pop, jazz, country, bluegrass, Broadway, reggae, classical music, and more — that you can customize to your tastes.

AccuRadio gets you started with an easy-to-use, click-and-listen interface. Then, once you’ve launched your desired channel, AccuRadio’s unique personalization approach lets you customize the artists you’ll hear via a simple on/off switch.

[heading]6. iHeartRadio [ iOS / Android ][/heading]
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iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital service that lets you find more than 1,000 Live Stations or create commercial-free Custom Stations featuring the artist you select and similar music.

Find the best of live radio, listen to more than 1,000 Live Stations from coast-to-coast including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and college. Browse by music genre and location, then hit the scan button to move from station to station within a format.

[heading]7. Slacker Radio [ iOS / Android ][/heading]
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Listen to free personalized radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and more. Slacker Radio features more personalized content than any other radio service, with music, ESPN Radio, live sports, ABC News, comedy and much more. This free app gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. Listen to over 150 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own custom stations.