Top 8 iTunes Radio Alternatives iPhone

Apple has spent a lot of time recently ensuring that users are unable to download free music using third party apps on the App Store, and in fact many of the links to such apps now redirect to their own piece of music streaming software for the iPhone, iTunes Radio. For many, iTunes Radio is the best possible option when accessing and streaming music, since they may already have an active iTunes account that they use for the majority of the music they listen to. For some however, it is an app that pales into comparison to other options such as Spotify and Beats Music. With this in mind, we recently took to the App Store to look at the best iTunes Radio alternatives currently available for the iPhone. Considering all kinds of possible attributes that users might be interested in, such as the quantity and quality of the music that you have access to and how much this music costs. Check out our Top 8 below and suggest some of your own recommendations in the comments section!

8. Aupeo (Free)

One great option that we have only recently discovered is Aupeo, which is developed by a Berlin based company and is excellent for creating personalized playlists. As opposed to the likes of Pandora and Rdio, I think Aupeo really shows playlists that reflect your own individual taste. And another cool thing it does is tap into your current location to give you musical recommendations based on where you are in the world at that moment! – Download from iTunes

7. Deezer (Free)

Deezer is a popular music streaming website that provides access to millions of songs, that has since been developed for many different devices. It’s completely understandable then that the iPhone app has achieved the level of popularity it has in such a short space of time. When it comes to susbscriptions, Deezer has two different membership levels at $4.99 and $6.99, with both ad-free yet one with limited functionality compared to the other. That said, the library here can seem somewhat small at some point, at least when compared to the other apps available such as Spotify. – Download from iTunes

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6. Whyd (Free)

Whyd is a nice option because it helps you not only to find new music but also to effectively organize all the music you have into intelligent playlists. It also allows you to build playlists around just about any theme, which is a nice idea for those who like full control over what they are doing and what they are listening to. Whyd did used to be invite only, but it’s since been made available to everyone which is great news! – Download from iTunes

5. Noon Pacific (Free)

Another music app that has a fantastic interface is Noon Pacific, and it also comes with a neat premise that some users will really find interesting. These days, it seems that people simply don’t have time to look for new music but instead wanted handed to them on a plate, and that’s really what Noon Pacific does. Every Monday afternoon (at noon, hence the title) you get a new playlist of hand picked curated music, which is hosted on 8Tracks. Most of the time, I’ve never heard of the artists involved but there is usually at least one song that grabs me and pushes me to seek out more material from that particular artist. So yes, while Noon Pacific doesn’t give you access to millions of songs like Google Play Music or Spotify, it is a great way to find new music.  – Download from iTunes

4. Google Play Music (Free)

I suppose it was only a question of time before Google created their own entry into the music streaming market, and Google Play Music certainly ticks all of the boxes. I love the clean interface, but I guess we shouldn’t expect anything less from Google! There are around 20 million songs to choose from, which is all you could ever want, and the sound quality is very high. Unlike many other apps there is no free option here, which could be offputting for some users. The main price is around $10 a month, and the app allows you to search for songs and create custom playlists with ease. There is also an intuitive option to allow the app to create listening playlists based on your history. So yes, Google Play Music will be the best choice for some Android users, but should also be considered a good option if you have an iPhone, too. The drawbacks include the fact that there is no free version and no desktop version. – Download from iTunes

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3. Pandora (Free)

I remember stumbling across Pandora way back when it was just a small time radio streaming website, giving you access to all kinds of music and allowing you to listen to cool playlists. Even back then, the strength of Pandora was its way of introducing you to new music, and that’s definitely still the case today. Personally, this is all I look for in a music app these days – something that will interest me and introduce me to new stuff, and few apps do it better than Pandora. If you aren’t interested in the song that pops up next you can skip through it, but the app only allows you a certain amount of skips every hour. There are around 1 million songs in the library which is kind of small compared to other apps but if you’re just looking for new music to listen to, it’s a nice alternative. You can have the app with ads for free, or you can pay $4 a month for the same service but ad-free! – Download from iTunes

2. Rdio (Free)

Rdio is very similar to Pandora in that it encourages personalized streaming, and also has themed stations that can be applied to your mood at that particular moment. The interface is great, and has been updated recently to become one of the best looking and cleanest designs around on the iPhone these days. I’ve found recently that the sound quality does suffer on occasion, and that Rdio doesn’t released their streaming sound rate, which suggests perhaps that it could be improved. This aside, Rdio is a nice streaming service that can be accessed from between $4.99 a month and $9.99 a month, with the latter allowing you offline streaming options. While the selectiona and ability to connect you to nice new music isn’t quite as good as what you find with Pandora, I think the interface design pushes it over the edge for me! – Download from iTunes

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1. Spotify (Free)

Spotify remains the best option I think, when it comes to a comprehensive music service. It’s great, not only in the quantity and quality of music that it gives you access to, but also the amount of different platforms that it is currently available for. There is even a free trial option for certain users and at certain periods, so keep your eye out for those. Once you become a subscriber (which costs around $10 a month) you get access to everything and can even listen to music offline which is great for those who don’t want to stay connected all the time. – Download from iTunes

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