There are so many apps available for music streaming that it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one to download. Here we have selected the 7 best music apps for Android and iPhone smartphone users in West and China.
Spotify is an extremely popular music streaming platform that occupies a significant share of the global music streaming market with around 100 million premium subscribers worldwide to date. Unlike its main competitor, Apple Music, Spotify can be used for free. In the free plan, playlists, albums or artists can be played in shuffle mode and you can skip up to six times per hour. However, if you want to listen to an album, playlist or podcast without commercial interruption, download music for offline playback, discover new music or playlists organized according to your mood, you will need a $ 10 premium membership.
Apple Music is Apple’s music streaming service, and today it is not only for iOS, Android users are also allowed to access Apple Music library. Apple Music subscriptions cost $ 9.99 per month, but the app also offers a three-month free trial at the start. You can access over 60 million songs from Apple Music catalog, Beats One Radio, and music playlists just for you. With the exception of the huge library, there is plenty of other content, including documentaries about a variety of artists and bands, concerts, and more.
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While Spotify and Apple Music dominate the music streaming industry in the West, there are 5 other top music streaming apps in China: KuGou Music, QQ Music, Kuwo Music, NetEase Music and Xiami Music.
Established in 2004, Kugou is one of China’s top three freemium music streaming services (KuGou Music, QQ Music and Kuwo Player) owned by Tencent Music. It is a pioneer and leader in the online music entertainment industry, and a comprehensive music platform integrating music search, playback, download and sharing. Its main innovation was the playing of lyrics comparable to karaoke, which was then incorporated into QQ’s music. It also offers karaoke and live streaming features.
Launched in 2005, QQ Music is the most comprehensive high-quality music platform protecting the copyrights of musicians in China. It offers basic services for free through QQ Music Free, while enhanced features are available on QQ Music VIP and QQ Music Luxury subscriptions. QQ Music has a comprehensive high-quality music library and a wide range of music-related video content. It focuses on popular artists and top mainstream hits for young music fans in China.
In early January, Tencent launched a new music recognition app for iOS and Android, Q Yin Tan Ge, accessible through the QQ Music platform. The main function of the application is to identify the music of the surrounding environment, similar to Apple’s Shazam in the United States.
Established in 2005, Kuwo Music is another online digital music streaming platform owned by Tencent Music. It has a strong focus on karaoke streaming, serves as a video streaming platform, and also reserves some of its application for emerging Chinese DJs. Kuwo Music accumulates popular content from variety shows, movies, TV series, etc., and continues to offer users customization and diversification through anchor radio stations, live music , videos and other special content.
NetEase Cloud Music
Launched in 2013 by Chinese internet giant NetEase, NetEase Cloud Music is an online freemium music streaming app that allows users to stream music and download songs to any device. What sets NetEase Music apart from other music players is that it focuses more on independent artists, which allows it to compete with internet giants like Tencent and Alibaba which have great entertainment ecosystems. This music app also has social features that allow users to interact with artists who have profiles on the service.
Xiami Music was founded in 2007 and acquired by Alibaba in 2013. It is among the top 5 music streaming services in China, competing with Tencent’s QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo, as well as NetEase Cloud Music. With over 10 million songs available, Xiami Music has one of the largest music databases in China. The content on Xiami goes beyond audio, it also features live video, behind the scenes footage, shots, remakes, covers, reviews, and more.