Best free music apps.

smartphone music apps

Whether you want to fire up your favourite track, tune in to an obscure radio station or download that must-have podcast, you’ll need a reliable music app that’s easy to use.

You don't have to be restricted to your phone's own pre-installed music player - so whether you've one of the latest iPhones or a new Android device, there is plenty on offer to suit all music tastes. Check out our rundown of the best music apps that won’t cost you a penny, and crank up that volume.


Shazam App.

Shazam - iPhoneAndroidWindows (free)


Shazam has been kicking around for so long that it could almost be considered old-school. This is the app that will listen to a piece of music and then tell you the name of song and the artist.

But did you know that, with Shazam, you can also watch the relevant music video, track down the song in Spotify and read album reviews? It really does connect the dots for the average music fan.


TuneWiki App.

TuneWiki - iPhoneAndroidWindows (free)


For those who think that Eurythmics wrote a song called Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Cheese, this may be the app for you.

Besides being an alternative source for playing music on your device, TuneWiki will also scroll the lyrics to the song you’re playing across your screen in time with the music. So you can be sure you’ve got the words right for your hairbrush sessions.


Spotify App.

Spotify - iPhoneAndroidWindows (free)


This is perhaps the ultimate app for the sophisticated, modern-day music enthusiast.

Spotify lets you follow artists, read reviews and sync music to your device. But even all that doesn’t do the app justice. For starters, you can really customise your experience and choose to receive push notifications when songs or albums are released.

You can build up libraries of music and even create your own radio station. This isn’t just an app. This will change the way you enjoy your music.


Slacker Radio App.

Slacker Radio - iPhoneAndroidWindows (free)


This app gives you access to pre-programmed radio stations. Perfect if you want a hassle-free radio experience on your device, without annoying traffic reports every 15 minutes.


TuneIn Radio App.

TuneIn Radio - iPhoneAndroidWindows (free)


TuneIn Radio is ideal if you want a simple, one-stop shop for radio. Pretty much every single radio station in the world is here, all in one place. So you can tune in to 70,000 live radio stations and around two million podcasts. That’s it in a nutshell.


Songkick App.

Songkick - iPhoneAndroid (free)


If you’re into your festivals and concerts, then Songkick is your app. It lets you create a personalised concert calendar based on your music library, but you’ll also be alerted when your favourite bands are doing a gig – local or otherwise. Lovers of live music shouldn’t be without this one.


Soundhound App.

Soundhound - iPhoneAndroidWindows (free)


There’s nothing more frustrating than when you can’t remember the name of a song that’s stuck in your head. But don’t worry, Soundhound has made that a thing of the past.

This is the ultimate search engine for anything music-related. You can search for songs by singing them, typing them, or playing the track back. Once Soundhound has worked its magic, you’ll get more than just a name. You’ll get the lyrics, videos, ringtone, iTunes, Spotify and Rdio links – so you’ll never hum aimlessly again.


Want to see more of the best free music apps available on Android? Head over to our 3Likes store. If you have any other apps that you’d recommend, tweet us at @ThreeUK with your suggestions.