The choice for streaming apps seems overwhelming, and they will likely look the same to the untrained eye. However, they all offer different options and vary slightly in terms of functionality. For music lovers, that slight difference may mean an app exactly customized to theirs needs, providing just the amount of options and functionality they want.
So sit back, relax and keep reading for the 5 top iOS apps for music streaming, allowing you to enjoy those 80′s power ballads at the touch of a button (lighter not included).
Last FM is an online music website claiming as much as 30 million active users. The iOS application for Last FM provides all the functionality of its online counterpart, and has lots of built-in social options. You can listen to songs recommended by your friends, or find friends based on your musical preferences.
The only limitation with this app is that ‘scrobbling’ isn’t an option. Scrobbling means compiling a favourites list and recommending music based on this.
However, the quality and service provided by the app is top-notch, and it is definitely one of the most popularly used apps out there.
Pandora has many built-in features, like creating your own radio station based on your preferences. You have the option to vote for tunes you like, all of which allows the app to cater exactly to your music tastes.
Pandora does not offer the same amount of sharing and social options as Last FM, and the trade-off in speed for quality might make it a lesser preferred alternative. To stream faster the app adjusts the bit-rate accordingly, which results in poorer quality. Pandora is still popular though, and you might find it’s the right app for you.
Shoutcast is free, offers a wide choice of radio stations (about 50,000) and is made by the same company as Winamp, a popular windows media player.
You get the usual list of stations by genre, any favourites you might have picked out and tunes you might have listened to recently.
The UI still looks like winamp, pretty to look at, and the app is simple and straight-forward to use. It may not provide the same high quality as other apps, particularly for talk radio, but if you want a hassle-free application for your iOs device then go for this one.
You can get Slacker for free or decide to subscribe to its premium services, which gives on-demand music access. Slacker is good for sports fans, as it has a radio feature by ESPN which gives you the low down on your sports season of choice.
Other features are similar to Pandora and Last FM, like the ability to favourite stations, create a custom station and choosing music which suits you.
If you’re picky about genres and sub-genres, then TuneIN is what you’re looking for.
Searching exactly for what you like is a breeze with this app, and of course you can favourite and save anything of your liking.
The app is also good for sports fans, with all the popular sports network being available.