The best music streaming apps for Android

Spotify, Google, Amazon and Apple at a glance

APPLE MUSIC AMAZON PRIME MUSIC SPOTIFY GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC
FREE TRIAL PERIOD Three months 30 days 30 days 30 days
PRICE US$9.99 per month / US$14.99 for family membership (up to six people) $US99 per year for up to two adults US$9.99 per month / US$14.99 for family membership (up to six people) US$9.99 per month / US$14.99 for family membership (up to six people)
CHROMECAST SUPPORT No No Yes Yes
NUMBER OF SONGS More than 30 million More than one million At least 20 million More than 35 million
OFFLINE MODE FOR ANDROID Yes Yes Yes Yes
WEBSITE Apple Music Amazon Prime Music Spotify Google Play Music

Apple Music

Apple Music is a recent competitor in the music streaming sphere, released on June 30, 2015. But Apple already had a great pedigree with regards to music services, with the iTunes store having been successful for more than a decade. Though the iTunes store offers in excess of 43 million songs (everything but The Beatles, apparently), its streaming service offers a little less, at around 30 million.

Apple Music isn’t just for Apple users, with a Play Store App currently in beta. It allows Android users to stream its immense catalog and comes with some unique extras such as Connect, a blogging feature that seeks to bring artists closer to their fans, allowing them to share music, videos and photos with followers. Apple Music also includes the Beats 1 internet radio station, which plays continuously in more than 100 countries.

It might be too early to tell if Apple Music will be a big hit, but with a huge catalog, three-month trial period and all of the major features nailed, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t be.

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Amazon Prime Music

Amazon’s Prime Music streaming service provides ad-free listening for more than a million songs, including hundreds of playlists and a number of radio stations. Amazon Prime Music’s catalog is smaller than most of its competitors’, but then Prime Music is only a small part of the overall Amazon Prime service, which the US$99 yearly subscription also covers.

This means that you also get access to more than 800,000 eBooks, free two-day shipping, thousands of movies and TV shows, and early access to its lightning deals. Amazon Prime Music songs can also be downloaded for offline listening and it has a dedicated Android app, which can be found at the link below.

Though the Amazon Prime service can be shared between two adults and up to four children in the same household,Amazon Prime Music does not apply to “invited household members on a shared Prime account.” Thus, Prime Music can only be shared between the two adults sharing the Amazon Prime account.

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Spotify

Spotify offers a free, ad-supported streaming service in addition to its paid subscription. A great aspect of this is that you (currently) get access to the same content whether you pay a subscription fee or not. The main downside to the free service in comparison to the paid is the audio quality, the ads, and the ability to use it offline.

The Spotify Android app is perfect for mobile because it allows you to download any song in the catalog for offline listening on your device. There is also a web-player and desktop app, and all your content and playlists are synced between them.

Spotify’s radio and discovery algorithms are also extremely clever and are what makes Spotify’s personalized playlists (Discover Weekly), delivered every Monday, worth checking out.

Furthermore, Spotify was recently updated with a better family-sharing subscription model so that, like Google Play Music and Apple Music, it now provides family sharing for six accounts at a cost of $15 per month.

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Google Play Music

What began as a simple music player app is now a full, commercial streaming package with more than 35 million songs available.

Unlimited access to Google Music costs the same as a monthly Spotify subscription, but the key benefit is that it also includes access to YouTube Red, so you also get access to Google’s YouTube video content ad-free, as well as offline and background playback, and original films and TV series.

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Conclusion

So which music streaming service is best? Let’s quickly wrap them up. Amazon is possibly the worst as a pure music streaming service because its catalog and family-sharing features are limited, but it arguably has the best extras: no other service offers access to movies, books and free shipping from an online store.

Google Play Music also offers valuable extras. Everybody makes use of YouTube, and the opportunity to get even greater access to it, in addition to a 35 million-song library, is mighty tempting.

Apple Music is all about the music. You won’t get any TV or video streaming benefits here, but you will get one of the biggest music databases and an intuitive interface to discover new music.

Then there’s Spotify. Spotify just works. It provides high-quality audio playback, it seamlessly syncs between devices, and it’s perfect for parties and sharing because most people are familiar with it already.

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Your data security is paramount and you should never take it for granted. The loss of sensitive information could result in stolen identity, bank account theft or credit card fraud. That’s why you should safeguard your information with a top Android antivirus program like the ESET mobile security software.

The ESET system catches threats before they emerge. It looks through all of your apps, files, folders, memory cards and everything else in your device so that no viruses or malware can hide in it. Once a threat emerges, the program quickly isolates and removes it. ESET support is standing by 24/7 to quickly resolve any further problems that might occur.

When you make purchases online you want to make sure you’re secure, and ESET has a unique online shopping security system to ensure your personal data is kept safe. Enjoy peace of mind when you input your financial information. You can get a two-year subscription to this top-notch security program in our Deals Store for only $9.95 – that’s 66 percent off the original price of $30. Hurry over; this offer will only last five days.

How to backup Android data with MobiKin Assistant for Android

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Backup your text messages and contacts on Android

Losing your text messages or contacts can be devastating. They are highly valuable and regarded as some of the most important data stored on your Android device. That’s why you need a professional Android file manager like MobiKin Assistant for Android to backup and manage these effectively.

The MobiKin system lets you export all of your contacts’ information and their text messages with just one click. Your conversations will be saved in HTML or VCF formats on your computer and be easily accessible. One you’ve transferred your contacts, you can edit their information and send mass text messages via the app.

MobiKin is that simple. Don’t lose your priceless contact information or text messages again: backup text messages from Android and enjoy the security of a quality Android device manager. The MobiKin Assistant for Android does so much more – read on for the other unique features it has to offer.

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Never lose data again and free up space on Android

MobiKin Assistant for Android exports all of the files on your Android device and securely stores them on your PC or Mac. Your data is safely transferred in their original format and retain the highest quality possible. You’ll never have to worry about losing anything on your Android device again.

Once you’ve downloaded this important tool, you can get started on quickly backing up your files. We’ve already mentioned how you can backup contacts from Android and text messages but the MobiKin program has many other features. You can save your apps, photos, music, books, videos, sending and receiving SMS messages from your computer and so much more.

You should have everything on your Android device backed up to ensure you don’t lose anything. But the software is also useful for keeping precious memories available on your Android device. If you have some files that you need, but don’t use frequently, you can put them on your computer through MobiKin. Make sure you pick up the MobiKin Assistant for Android below.

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MobiKin’s versatility

MobiKin backs up all of your data, but there are other interesting functions that make it even more useful. You can organize and manage your apps right from the interface. It works just like the backup feature. You just upload them to your PC or Mac and manage them from there. You can get a view of all of your apps at a glance and choose which ones you want to uninstall to free up memory. You can also manage your APK files with just one click.

MobiKin is compatible with almost any Android device available on the market from brands like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and many more. Download the software, plug in your device and let MobiKin do the work. Just imagine all the ways MobliKin’s Assistant for Android can improve your smartphone experience.

This app can help you build better habits

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Can an app really change your life?

I started out my journey with Fabulous six weeks ago and was skeptical. A friend told me it did a lot for him in just a short period of time. And I agreed. He looked healthier, seemed sharper and was generally happier than before. He told me that his work improved and so did his relationship with his wife. But could this really be attributed to an app? I had to give it a try. So I downloaded Fabulous and kept an open mind.

The first thing I noticed with Fabulous is the interface is colorful and user-friendly; I enjoyed jumping into it and wanted to see more after the start screen. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to get into the program and start making progress. I didn’t have to answer 100 questions or enter personal info. Instead, I picked which area of my life I wanted to get started on improving.

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Small steps slowly improve your daily routines

Fabulous does not encourage you to try and improve everything in your life all at once. This is counterproductive because we usually go all out for a few weeks and then quit (and I include myself in that). Instead, the app paces you with one overall goal and small achievements over weeks to improve your habits.

The app gives you four journeys to improve your life including: ‘Sleep better’, ‘Feel more energized’, ‘Focus and concentrate more’ and ‘Lose weight’. I chose ‘Sleep better’ for my first journey since it’s the area I need the most improvement. You can pick whichever you want but once you’ve picked a journey you’re locked into that one until you’ve achieved enough improvements.

Fabulous started my journey by showing me some brief reading material so I could familiarize myself with the science behind the process. Then it gave me some small goals that I needed to work on. One of the goals was to disconnect from my electronics 30 minutes before bedtime for three nights in a row. The app explained why I needed to do this – the screens from our devices make our brains think it’s daytime and it is then harder to get to sleep. I did everything the app asked me to do to improve my sleep.

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Once I finished an achievement the app moved me on to another. If I was tempted to try and tackle another ritual the app wouldn’t let me and gave me the warning: “I don’t want to overwhelm you”. I thought maybe I could just purchase some points or something, which is how most apps do it. Well, Fabulous wouldn’t let me. I had to follow the course slowly and correctly.

I inevitably failed at a goal. This was disheartening but the app did an excellent job of picking me back up when I was down. I didn’t feel like quitting because I knew I just needed to do something small and not try to change my whole life overnight. If I didn’t understand something I just asked a question to one of the coaches in a chat section similar to a messenger app. The coaches were friendly, prompt and always helpful.

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These small changes in routines changed my life

It would take too long to elaborate how many ways my life is better with this app but I’ll give you one example. I started with the sleep journey and that was a smart idea because I was having so many problems with it. I wouldn’t get a good night’s rest and would end up feeling tired every morning. It took me longer to do everything throughout the day. I had a tough time focusing and even got irritable over nothing.

I now know the problem with my sleep was my routine. When it would near bedtime I would always be on my smartphone, PC or laptop. In fact, the last thing I would do every night was check my notifications. If I awoke in the middle of the night I would always look at my phone. My bedtime routine was terrible but it didn’t change all at once. I slowly had to alter my behavior over a few weeks.

The app methodically separated me from my electronics at bedtime and now I go to bed 30 minutes before my bedtime and have a healthy meditation routine before I fall asleep. These small changes in my sleep routines had a profound effect on the rest of my life. I started waking up feeling well rested almost every morning. I was able to focus more and I started exercising regularly. Best of all, I was confident enough to move on to the next journey.

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Self control is a myth

Fabulous doesn’t try to upend your life. It instead wants to slowly steer it towards health and happiness a few steps at a time. To quote one of the app’s lessons: “Self-control is a myth. You can impose it on yourself once, twice, even a whole week, but you can’t keep on relying on self-control every day. Instead, you need an ingrained habit, an automated routine that is part of your personality.”

These are the apps and settings I’m using right now

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Lock screen

My lock screen is the default OnePlus lock screen and the background is the album artwork of whatever I’m listening to on Deezer at the time. If I’m not playing music, the background is the same as my home screen background. Nothing too flashy here.

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Home screen

My home screen is a stark, minimalist place. I’m using Nova Launcher with the Glyphs by Tokem icon pack, which is a port from iOS. I like the pack, but, as you will soon see, it has a big weakness.

I have my most commonly used apps on the home screen: WhatsApp, Deezer, Instagram, Google Maps, Feedly and Pocket. And the final icon is a hidden folder that I made using Nova Launcher. It contains four news sites. Three of these open through Hermit, which saves battery and storage space and stops websites tracking me, and the other is a standalone app: Slide for Reddit.

The clock and weather widget comes from Simple Weather, a clean Material Design app.

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App drawer

My app drawer opens through a swipe-up gesture on the home screen. The drawer itself is sorted into five tabs: all, reading, travel, organization and games.

As you can see, this is where my choice of icon pack falls short, as it hasn’t been updated in eons and loads of icons are missing from it, resulting in a very incomplete and scattershot appearance. Still, I rarely use the app drawer, so it doesn’t bother me too much.

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Apps I’m using at the minute

Morning Routine

I’m dorking out on Material Design a lot these days, and I’m thinking about cleaning out my phone to get to as close to stock as possible. In the meantime, I’m using a few really nice Material Design apps. One that I’ve recently begun using is Morning Routine.

Firstly, this app has really stunning transition animations. Swiping from the left crumples the screen to reveal the side menu, for example, but it’s loaded front-to-back with pleasing animations and transitions.

It’s main functionality lets you set alarms that operate in several steps, and there are some really cool things you can do. For example, you can have the app set a normal alarm that you can snooze with a simple button press, then a second alarm ten minutes later that opens up a news website, then a third that requires you to scan the barcode on your shampoo to snooze and simultaneously starts your coffee maker (assuming you have a very fancy coffee maker). This is just one example; it offers a huge level of customization.

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Medium

Some of my favorite sites are starting to migrate over to Medium, so, like a loyal puppy, I have followed them. It’s essentially an online publishing platform that lets anyone partake. Created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, it allows anyone to publish their writing on it, and you can follow publications you’re interested in and receive recommendations on content that might be relevant to you. You can highlight and respond to passages in articles, allowing direct interaction and discussion.

The whole thing is geared towards sharing and engaging in content that you and those you follow are reading. It’s looking like a really great way to give online publishing a new direction. Definitely worth digging into.

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Dashlane

I’ve just started using a password manager, Dashlane. It works between my phone and desktop browser, saving 44 passwords, as well as my personal credentials, meaning I don’t have to waste time or worry about forgetting my passwords, which I used to do with disturbing frequency.

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Google Trips

I’m doing some planning for my summer holiday at the moment, so I’m trying out Google’s new app, Trips. It’s still in the early stages of development, but it’s great for compiling lists of things to do and see and places to eat. It’s also got my flight details stored there, too. As the app is not available through the Google Play Store yet, the only way to get it is to head over to APKMirror

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