Although the App Store has plenty of music-related apps to choose from, finding a decent app to play and download music for free is not an easy task for iOS users.
If you’re among those folks who are looking for the best free music apps for iPhone, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll help you out by showing all the best options available in the market.
TIP: If you already have music files on your computer, check out this article to learn about the easiest method to transfer your music collections to your iOS devices.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is a music streaming service, music storage service and online music store all rolled into one. I decided to include this free music app on the list because it allows users to upload their own music collections to the cloud and stream them to multiple devices for free.
You can use the Music Manager app or the Google Play Music for Chrome extension on your computer to upload your personal music collection. Music files must be in these formats to be supported for uploads: MP3, AAC, Ogg, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC. You can upload a maximum of 50,000 songs and individual files can’t exceed 300MB in size.
In the US, Canada, and India, free subscribers can stream custom radio stations based on different activities, moods or artists. In exchange, these stations serve up ads between every few songs.
Groove is a music app by Microsoft. Since this app is integrated with OneDrive, one of the best cloud storage service out there, you can download music from the Internet to your computer, then upload your personal music library to OneDrive and listen on the Groove app.
The best part is OneDrive offers free users 15 GB of storage. For most people, that amount is more than enough to store their own music. The Groove app also allows you to download your songs for listening offline. Once your music collections are synced, simply tap and hold on them and select “Make available offline”. Then you can listen to your favorite songs whenever you want, from anywhere, without Wi-Fi or Internet.
Groove is the music streaming service rebranded from Xbox Music. Recently, Microsoft decided to give up on Groove Music and partner with Spotify instead. After December 31st, the app will no longer support streaming music or the ability to purchase and download songs. However, you can still enjoy your own music from OneDrive on the Groove app.[ See also: 5 Best Free iTunes Alternatives for Playing & Syncing Music ]
Trebel is a free music app that intends to be a solution for students and young people who cannot afford to buy music or pay for premium services. Unlike Spotify or Pandora, which are streaming services, Trebel is a download-and-play music app. This means users can use this app to play music without using Wi-Fi or consuming cellular data.
The app is completely legal and free to use. Similar to the free versions of other streaming music services, users gain access to free music by watching ads in return. When you watch ads, an amount of virtual coins is added to the account and can be used to download songs. Once downloaded, the music files are stored locally and you can play them anytime you want.
Trebel also offers the ability to transfers all your purchased music from iTunes, or your music library in the Music app to the app directly itself. It has also gained tons of positive feedback and a good rating on the App Store.
Musi is the most comprehensive app for listening music on Youtube – the most popular video-sharing site in the world. You can find almost any songs you like on Youtube, why not take advantage of it to enjoy music for free on your iPhone?
In Musi, there is a Search tab that is designed exclusively for discovering best Youtube music. You can find out what songs are played most, what is on-trend, or search by genre here. Not only does this app allow you to create and organize unlimited playlists, it also has all the essential features of a music player.
If you have an existing Youtube playlist, you can also import it to Musi just by copying and pasting the link. Obviously, the app will let you play music in the background even if you press the home button to close it. Musi also supports for AirPlay, finding lyrics and a 10-band equalizer with a bunch of modes for music experts. Musi doesn’t allow you to save videos locally, but it’s still a super convenient option for folks who are finicky with music.
If you prefer to store music on cloud services, MusiCloud is the free music app you’ll need. The app doesn’t allow you to download music from the Internet, but it acts as an exclusive music player app for streaming songs from cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
You can upload your music files to the cloud service of choice, then connect the app to the service. MusiCloud will then show all the songs and let you save them for offline listening. You can also import music from your computer easily by using the Wi-Fi sharing feature.
If you want to be handed over a good playlist and a perfectly handmade music tape, welcome to 8Tracks. 8Tracks has free music for different times and activities. There are playlists for a workout, study, happy times, dating, dance, songs to fit your mood. It features a search bar that brings up results quickly.
Each online mix on 8Tracks Radio lasts a minimum of 30 minutes – about 8 music tracks. That’s why the app is named 8Tracks. To access more features of the app, I recommend signing up for a free account. The Featured tab then lets you browse mixes and enjoy tons of music. The only drawback I found is the app doesn’t allow users to rate mixes. So it may be a bit time-consuming to find out top-rated music.
As a free listener, you can explore and save the playlist, access to the fun music community and share new songs. You also get personalized playlist recommendations, less repletion, a sleep timer and a YouTube integration. Comments are even allowed. You can view tracks you favorite on SoundCloud and YouTube. The free version has ads and some interruptions.
Sound Tube Music Streamer Pro is a free music app for your iPhone and iPad. It has been praised as the most well-designed app, and labeled as the best music streamer. SoundTube has two main features but with lots of functionalities that distinguish it. They include; a music streamer and a music player.
As a stream, it lets you explore and search your best music and genres. As a music player, it features a full featured media player with background music playback and sleep timer; it also supports the shuffle and repeat mode.
Free Music Ninja
Free Music Ninja helps you find, discover and play free music on Youtube on your iPhone and iPad. Its main features include a quick search for your music, continuous playback and also play in the background mode. If you love listening to music on Youtube, this is your must-have app.
The interface and functionality are neat and simple. The main screen allows you to search music, not only by song, artist, but also by genre and hashtag. The advantages are you can enjoy music without in-video ads, loop your video, and play music from Youtube in the background. The downside is that it doesn’t support creating playlists or saving for offline listening.[ See also: Best iPhone music players on the App Store ]
Spotify is one of the best music streaming apps out there. The beneficial features for free users include the ability to find and hear playlists, discover new music, share music and playlist, listen to tunes picked by Spotify’s Radio feature, and play any playlist, album, or artist.
You can define specific songs and artist that you wish to listen to, as well as stream by genre, mood, and popular existing stations. The CONs of the free tier are limited standard sound quality, 6 song skips per hours. It’s also supported by advertisement and doesn’t offer the ability to save playlists offline.
Deezer is one of the older music-streaming sites. It’s a fully fledged free-streaming supported by adverts. The app has the notable “Here This” feature that creates a personalized music feed based on the music you most listen to or add to your favorite, as well as playlists created by others with similar music tastes to you. Much like Spotify, free users won’t be able to listen offline or without ads.
Sporting one of the best, sleek and easy to use interface, PindropMusic drop the most appropriate suggested music for you. This eliminates the need to skip irrelevant music every now and again, how cool is that? Among its features, PindropMusic allows to check out and listen to what other users near you are listening, create playlists and share them, get optimized pin-drops by other users and follow different playlists from other users. It also features a search bar, and artists can promote their music and become famous.[ See also: Download YouTube Music to iPhone for Free ]
Unlike the mythology, the only trouble you’ll get for opening the Pandora radio is a ton of good music that evolves with your taste. Pandora gives your personalized music and the ability to create radio stations and playlists. All this is based on the artists, genres and what you love. You can rate the music, bookmark the artists and stream with no buffering. If you register for the free version, you’ll save your stations and listen to them across your devices. With Pandora, you listen to unlimited music but with limited skips and some ads. A major downside is that some of its features are limited to the US audience.
Is there anyone who hasn’t tried SoundCloud? You have missed a lot. SoundCloud is a free music streaming app where music is updated every second. You mainly get music from upcoming artists, homemade audio and also music from your favorite artists. You can post your music for other people to listen. You also connect and interact with friends and favorite artists directly, create playlists for any mood and activity and get suggestions for good music. If you want to upload your music, you need to use SoundCloud pulse app. Soundcloud also gives a 30day free trial to test their Soundcloud Go+ plan. SoundCloud is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, and German.
Enjoying YouTube videos, why not try a YouTube specifically made for music that also gives you videos? This app from Google gives you the opportunity to experience a vast playlist of music from a never-ending catalog of artists. With YouTube Music, you get a non-stop station from a video you start, personalized stations, and also live recordings and concert footages. The free music comes with ads, but you can try a free 1-month subscription of YouTube Red. It’s a premium version with added functionalities such as downloading and enjoying offline music, playing music on a screen locked device and also music without ads.
Spinrilla is an iteration of an 800lb gorilla of the latest and hottest hip-hop mixtapes. This app allows you to follow your favorite artist and it will remind you when their new album is out. You also get a chart of what’s trending, and you can sync Spinrilla and get your playlist across your devices.
The best part, you have an offline mode to listen to your mixtapes when you have no internet. Spinrilla also has a radio that helps you discover music that you have been missing. You can also drop comments to your favorite music.
From the name, this app delivers what it says. A lot of radio and free music in one place. It has no commercials but has fantastic features. iHeartRadio enables you to stream and listen to live podcast across the country. You can also create your music stations/playlist based on what you listen. You can also listen to news, sports, comedy and even tune in to sports.
iHeartRadio has the option that lets you view lyrics, see biography of your favorite artist and share station with your friends. You can save your favorite stations as presets, set an alarm clock and even a sleep timer. Premium version allows you to download music for offline listening.
Slacker Radio is one of the best free music streaming apps for iPhone and iPad. It features pre-programmed stations for various genres. Slacker Radio free version offers you the liberty to personalize your radio experience, listen to handcrafted stations across multiple devices and also create stations based on your songs, albums, and artists.
The free version, however, allows you only to skip 6 songs per hour per station. If you have a favorite station, you can tune it to play the jams you often like by popularity or year. Slacker radio also gives you exclusive music shows every week and unique interactive news and sports programming.
Featuring more than 100,000 stations, TuneIn Radio indeed has the largest selection of music and talk radio, sports, and news from around the world. It has been around for long, and they know the best taste in music and radio experience for you. TuneIn Radio allows you to search and listen to your favorite local stations and save them as presets. You can also listen to TuneIn radio across multiple devices including the web platform. The free version offers less feature that you might want to subscribe to a premium plan.