Comparison of cheap streaming music subscription services for smartphone / laptop/desktop

17/11/2015 2 By admin

Here is a short comparison of all the cheap (free or a maximum of 5 euro/dollar a month) streaming music ‘radio’ services out there and their features.
Please note that with the majority of these subscription services you get a smartradio subscription so create your own station(s). In some cases you can also listen to a select (25) amount of tracks offline and in other cases you can put your radio playlists offline but not specific albums/tracks.

My favorite app/service was MixRadio (no longer available).

Last updated 15th of September 2017.

MusicSense | app: iOS / Android + web | free – no audio/video ads or banners, has offline tracks (per track), unlimited skips – available in e.g. the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Russia (not in the US) | TIP!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spectrum Music | app: iOS – not on web or Android | free – no audio/video ads or banners, discovery feature (soon with like/dislike and favorite playlists) unfortunately no offline tracks/radio, unlimited skips – available in the Netherlands, Ireland and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jango| app: iOS + Android + web | free – no audio ads but banners in app/website, no offline (yet), unlimited skips – still works in NL, removed from NL App Store, still in US App Store | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AccuRadio | app: iOS + Android + web | free – banners in app/website + audio ads, no offline (yet), unlimited skips (short wait per skip) – available in the Netherlands and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arena Music | app: iOS + Android + web | free – no ads, unlimited skips, no offline, has smartradio feature but not with dislike option – available in the Netherlands and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TuneGo | app: iOS + Android + web | free – no ads, unlimited skips, no offline, has smartradio feature (like/dislike) – available in the Netherlands and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLiGGO Music | apps: not yet on iOS (expected May ’17) but on Android) + web | free – no audio ads, no offline (yet), unlimited skips, has (smart)radio feature – available in the Netherlands and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radical Indie | apps: iOS, Android), no web | free – no audio ads, no offline (yet), unlimited skips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RadioTunes | app: iOS + Android + web | free – banners in app/website + audio ads, no offline, you cannot skip, 7.99 euro a month without ads – available in the Netherlands and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trebel Music | app: iOS + Android – no web option | free – ads (paid version 4.99 a month without ads is coming), has offline feature, unknown if it has unlimited skips – available in the US (only) | TIP for US!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RollingTune | apps: not yet on iOS, Android, web only | free – no audio ads, no offline, unlimited skips, no smartradio feature – available in the Netherlands and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MusicQubed / 02 Tracks / MTV Trax| apps (iOS) + web | 4,99 pounds a month – no ads, thousands of offline tracks within your playlists, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in UK, Ireland,Spain only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Music with Prime Music| apps (iOS) + web | 4,08 euro a month / 49 euro a year, comes in with Amazon Prime – no ads, offline tracks, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in e.g. US/UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandora Plus | apps (iOS, Android) + web | – 4,99 dollar a month –no ads, unlimited offline tracks, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in e.g. US,Canada TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AOL Radio | iOS, Android | free (ads, 6 skips per hour, per mix) or 3,99 dollar a month – no ads, thousands of offline tracks within your playlists (Slacker Radio no longer offers this with 3.99 subscription please check with AOL), unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in US only, uses Slacker Radio services so probably no longer offline feature as well as with Slacker Radio (app store description does still mention it though).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhapsody UnRadio | apps (iOS) + web | 4,99 dollar a month –no ads, only 25 offline tracks, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in e.g. US (Napster in the Netherlands is same company but doens’t offer this kind of subscription).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iHeartRadio| apps (iOS) + web | free – with ads, no offline, skip limitations – not available in the Netherlands, available in US |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slacker Radio Plus| apps (iOS) + web | has a 3,99 dollar a month subscription which had offline feature but that is no longer part of that subscription. It now costs 9,99 dollar a month to get offline feature – no ads, thousands of offline tracks within your playlists, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in US/Canada only |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neteasy Cloud Music aka Music 163| apps (iOS) + web | free/paid subscription – with/without ads, has offline, with/without skip limitations – not available in the Netherlands, available in Japan only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIT Radio | apps (iOS, Android) + web | 3,99 dollar a month (monthly subscription), 2,33 dollar a month (yearly subscription 27.99 dollar), 79,99 dollar (lifetime subscription) no ads, unlimited skips, can’t go back to previous song during play (but you can set as favorite and play again via that way), no like/dislike option, unfortunately no offline tracks – available in the Netherlands

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RockMyRun | apps (iOS, Android) + web | 4,99 dollar a month  (monthly subscription), 2,99 dollar a month (yearly subscription 35.99 dollar), no ads, unlimited skips, can’t go back to previous song, no like/dislike option, unfortunately no offline tracks (did have this in the past) – available in the Netherlands

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Spring Running Music | apps (iOS only) – not available on web | 4,99 dollar a month  (monthly subscription), 3,33 dollar a month (yearly subscription 39.99 dollar), no ads, unlimited skips, can’t go back to previous song, no like/dislike option, unfortunately no offline tracks – not available in the Netherlands – US only

Akazoo Music| apps (iOS) + web | free with ads, no offline, skip limitations /paid 3.99 without ads, without skip limitations, no offline / 6.99 euro a month (GR) without ads + offline music subscription, no skip limitations – – not available in the Netherlands, available in Greece, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia only |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOOX Music | apps (iOS/Android) + web | free, with ads / paid version has offline, without ads, skip limitations? – not available in the Netherlands, US, it is available in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia only

QQ Music | apps (iOS/Android) + web | free, with ads / paid version has offline, without ads + offline music subscription, no skip limitations? – not available in the Netherlands, US, it is available in China only

Zvooq | apps (iOS/Android, Android2) + web | 229 RuR/month in Russia or 2.99 $/month, no ads / has offline option, without ads, no skip limitations – not available in the Netherlands, US, it is available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan only

Yandex | apps (iOS/Android/Windows Phone) + web | 2.99 $/month, no ads / has offline option, without ads, no skip limitations – not available in the Netherlands, US, it is available in Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Turkey only

Mideast Tunes| apps (iOS) + web | free, with ads, offline, unknown if it has skip limitations /no paid options – available in the Netherlands – only offers Mideast music, no English artists |

Mazika| apps (iOS) + web | free, with ads, no offline, unknown if it has skip limitations /no paid options – available in the Netherlands – only offers Mideast music, no English artists |

 

Saavn| apps (iOS) + web | 3,99 euro a month – no ads, offline tracks, unlimited skips – Unfortunately no English artists available in the Netherlands (only India), available in e.g. NL

Gaana| apps (iOS) + web | 3,99 dollar a month – no ads, offline tracks, unlimited skips – Unfortunately no English artists available in the Netherlands (only India), available in e.g. NL

Anghami| apps (iOS) + web | 0,99 dollar a month (20 tracks offline), 4,99 dollar a month – no ads, unlimited offline tracks, unlimited skips – Unfortunately no English artists available in the Netherlands (see also this), available in e.g. NL

Wynk Music| apps (iOS), no web | 1,61 euro a month – no ads, offline tracks, unlimited skips – Only available in India

Desi Music| apps (iOS) + web | 2,99 dollar a month – no ads, offline tracks, unlimited skips – Unfortunately no English artists at all, available in e.g. NL

Suur| apps (iOS) + web | no subscription option (yet) – ads, offline tracks, unlimited skips? – Unfortunately no English artists at all, available in e.g. NL

Raaga| apps (iOS) + web | no subscription option (yet) – ads, no offline tracks (yet), unlimited skips? – Unfortunately no English artists at all, available in e.g. NL

HitsNL | apps + web | 3,99 euro a monthno ads, unlimited offline tracks – unfortunately only Dutch artists/songs – available in the Netherlands (only)

Last.fm | apps + web | 3 euro a month – no ads, amount of skips? – not available in the Netherlands – UK/DE only


Music streaming services discontinued:


MixRadio+ | apps + web | only had free version, paid version was expected (again), small banner ad, no audio/video ads, 4x offline playlists 2+ hour per list, free version had 6 skips per hour per mix/radio – unfortunately stopped after Line decided to close this service. Was available in e.g. the Netherlands and UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gramma Music | app: iOS – not (yet) on web | free – no audio/video ads or banners, unfortunately no offline tracks/radio (yet), unlimited skips – available in the Netherlands, Ireland and various other countries | TIP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Milk Music | apps (Android Samsung devices only) + web | free (ads, 6 skips per hour, per mix) or 3,99 dollar a month – no ads, thousands of offline tracks within your playlists, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in US only, uses Slacker Radio services. Service has been discontinued.

CÜR Music (formerly known as Raditaz) | apps (iOS) + web | 1,99 dollar (no offline option) or 4,99 dollar a month – no ads, thousands of offline tracks within your playlists, unlimited skipsWas available in US for a short while but it seems it was discontinued because of funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musicovery| apps: none (html5 web expected, apps were removed from stores) + web | free – no audio ads, no offline yet, limited amount of skips – available in the Netherlands and various other countries. No longer offers streaming on their website. Delivers service to other parties. 

Aupeo! Radio Premium | apps (iOS) + web | 4,99 dollar a month or 5,49 euro –no ads, higher audio quality, unfortunately no offline tracks, up to 50 skips per day – available in the Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rdio Select| apps + web | – 3,99 dollar a month – no ads, only 25 offline tracks, unlimited skips – not available in the Netherlands, available in e.g. US – however Pandora is taking over Rdio as you can read here, here so it’s unknown what will happen with the existing subscriptions.

Blinkbox Music | apps + web | 3,99 pounds a month no ads, unlimited offline playlists – unfortunately stopped after a take over by Guvera – wasn’t available in the Netherlands, UK only i think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundtracker Premium / Sounddaymusic | iOS/Android app + web | 3,99 dollar a month, no ads, unknown if it has unlimited skips, unfortunately no offline tracksunfortunately stopped

Bloom.fm | apps + web | – 1/1,50, 5/7,99 or 10/13 pound – unfortunately stopped – wasn’t available in the Netherlands, UK only i think.

 

 

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