It's not any trouble at all to find new music using your phone, these days. What a difference compared to just 10 years ago! Oh, how technology has changed. The creation of smartphones and mp3 players completely changed the music realm. Now you can search, create playlists, and play music all from your pocket thanks to the hundreds - or thousands - of music apps out there. Check out our list of the best iPhone apps for music discovery.
The best iPhone apps for music discovery
12 Aug 2017, by Rebecca MacLary
Spotify is one of the best and easiest ways to discover and listen to music on your iPhone. You can search for any album, track, or artist, and listen for free. Create and share your playlists, get personal recommendations, and play any album, artist, or playlist on shuffle. It's free to play any song but there will be ads unless you upgrade to Spotify Premium. The free version also does not allow you to perform certain functions. Some of the premium-only features include uninterrupted listening, the ability to download and listen to music offline, and a higher-quality sound. Free users can only skip five songs per hour and don't have a choice about listening to ads.
- Discover and listen to any artist, track, album, and playlist
- Create your own playlists
- Listen to other users' playlists
- Premium allows you to download and listen to music offline
- Free with in-app subscription for Spotify Premium
With over 40 million songs provided by Spotify and iTunes, this app gives its users access to a whole world of music. It has a quick and easy search function and enables users to play any songs, skip as many songs as they like, and enjoy the free service without ads. Users can upgrade to Sounds Pro for as short as a week or as long as a lifetime via in-app purchases which will let them download and save music. Listeners can 'like' songs to receive recommendations as well as send music to their friends via various social media networks.
- Listen to 40 million songs provided by Spotify and iTunes
- Quick and easy search function
- Like songs to receive recommendations
- Send music to your friends
- Social media integration
Boasting High Fidelity sound quality and HD music videos, this app is meant for the music fanatic. It also includes editorials by music journalists, artists, and other music experts to deliver high value to music lovers. The app also features an offline mode in which you can listen to albums, playlists, and other tracks that you have downloaded already. This offline mode works across 3 devices of your choosing. Create playlists and share with your friends via the app.
- High Fidelity sound
- HD music videos
- Curated editorials
- Offline mode
- Create playlists and share
This music discovery app is great for enthusiasts looking for fresh new sounds, artists and local bands. UnCovered operates as a Social Media style app for musicians and music lovers to collaborate on tracks, share tracks, provide updates, learn from others and much more. Publish songs to your profile so others can discover your work and share your music across other social media platforms. Listeners can create a music library, follow new artists, leave feedback and also share these songs via social media.
- A wonderful app to discover new musicians
- Collaborate with others on tracks
- Share your music with other members
- Follow new artists, Build a library of songs
- Musicians and listeners can share songs via social media accounts
Alerter Music is another way to discover new music on iTunes. The app scans the singers and artists from music library and helps you discover new-to-you artists and their music. You can subscribe to the updates of your favorite artists, download and buy any item right from iTunes, and share via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You will get notifications when new content comes available on your subscribed topics and artists. Collect all of your favorite artists' albums and never miss a new release!
- Your personal iTunes app
- Helps you discover new music on iTunes
- Subscribe to updates
- Buy music from iTunes
- Get notifications when your favorite artists release new music
Tune Match takes your iTunes library and compares it to that of another person. See how similar your musical tastes are with that of your friends'. You will get a compatibility score and the app will recommend their favorite music if you have similar tastes. It will also make a playlist of your shared songs. You can Mail a Match, see My Matches, and go over the Music, Album, and Artist Recommendations from the developer. Mail a Match lets you email a friend and send them an invitation to see how compatible your music lists are.
- Compare your iTunes library to those of your friends
- See a playlist made up of your shared songs
- Get recommendations
- See your music compatibility score
- Free iPhone app for music discovery
Musie is another way to listen to and discover new music. There are more than 10 million songs for you to listen to. You can search for any album, song, or artist and then listen for free. Build your own playlist with unlimited songs and share your playlists on a variety of social media sites. The app is free with ads or there is a Premium ad-free version. Musie Premium offers ad-free music, popular music from other countries, and better music quality. The app doesn't allow you to download any music to listen to offline.
- Listen to and discover new music
- Over 10 million songs
- Search and listen for free
- Free with ads
- Premium is ad-free
SoundCloud is used and enjoyed by millions of people around the world. You will be able to use the app to discover new and trending music, listen to your fave songs and artists from different countries and genres, and connect with friends and your favorite artists to see what they listen to. Personalize your list by liking favorite tracks to listen to later, sign in with different social media login info or your email, and create playlists for workouts, parties, or your morning commute. You can pause, play, and skip tracks from the lock screen. Use Search to find your favorite artists and tracks, tap a heart to “like” a track; this will put it in our Collection, which will make it easy to listen to later.
- Listen offline
- Create playlists
- Connect with friends and artists
- Listen to music from majorly famous artists or obscure indie artists
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade
Songbot is an app that can search every radio station on the planet for the song you want to listen to. Just type in the artist or song name you want and it will start to play. Alternatively, you can choose from a list of currently playing songs or pick a genre and hear a random song. There are no adds between stations, no subscription fees, and no hidden fees. The app is basically a giant jukebox. One more thing it can do is provide to you a playlist from your favorite station so you can find out what you just heard. Features include today's most played songs, the ability to find any song, and you can save any station, artist, or song as part of your favorites.
- Searches every radio station for the song you want
- Type in the artist or song name
- Listen to today's most popular songs
- View a station's song history
- Free iPhone app for music discovery
Have you ever had a song that was just stuck in your head and you had to play it over and over until you drove everyone around you crazy? Well, now you can share that musical madness with all over your friends around the globe through this app. Cymbal allows you to “craft” your musical flavor of the moment by sharing which song is at the core of your life. You can also follow and listen to the songs that are doing the same for your friends. Converse about songs, explore hashtags, connect to Spotify and Soundcloud, share and connect via Social Media, tag others and more.
- Share your song of the day with others
- Follow other people and their songs
- Explore hashtags, Tag your friends
- Share via Social Media, Find people who have similar tastes
- Converse about songs, Connect to Soundcloud and Spotify