Top 8 Pandora Alternatives iPhone

Like many fans, I first came across Pandora as an open website or radio streaming service that allowed you to personalize your stations. It allowed me to discover a whole new world of music that I’m grateful for to this day, and it’s mainly due to this nostalgia that I prefer to stick with Pandora despite other music streaming apps offering more diverse options. But there are some great options out there for iPhone users, least not the big names like Spotify and the recent pretender to the throne, Beats Music, which is now of course owned by Apple. The main reason that people are switching from Pandora is the recent 40 hour limit, which many regular listeners will reach pretty quickly. Prices tend to vary and the access to music can range in both quality and quantity, but I’m really interested in the music itself and exactly what these apps allow you to discover. We recently went through all the best Pandora alternatives for the iPhone and came up with a Top 8 – check out our words below and then feel free to recommend us your own favorite in the comments section below. Anything we’ve missed out? Let us know!

8. Slacker Radio (Free)

Slacker Radio might sit well down the music streaming pecking order when it comes to the amount of music it offers and the exclusive popular content, but it does radio stations very well. Whether you are looking for sport stations like ESPN or comedy channels, Slacker has just about everything you could want. The interface is also a lot more impressive than it used to be, and very easy on the eyes! Premium and ad free subscriptions start at around $3.99, which isn’t too bad when you consider how much most streaming apps cost these days! – Download from iTunes

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7. Google Play Music (Free)

Google Play Music has an excellent selection and as with all Google products is always being added to and improved, so is well worth checking out if you’re looking for a nice alternative to Pandora. One cool thing about this service is that it lets you add up to 50,000 tracks of your own, which is a great way of saving storage space – just as long as none of the music you own was purchased from iTunes! The all access pass here costs a typical $9.99 a month, but there is a free trial of this available if you’d prefer to give the thing a test run before investing. – Download from iTunes

6. TuneIn Radio (Free)

TuneIn Radio does a few things very well indeed, and one of those is live radio. With the app, you can also record anything you hear and then play it offline whenever you like, which is one feature it has over other music streaming apps. There isn’t the kind of quantity of content that you would find on other apps, but there is a nice amount of variety, from music and talk shows and podcasts to sports stuff, there’s just about everything you could want. – Download from iTunes

5. Songza (Free)

Songza is also a great streaming app to consider, and is particularly great when it comes to party playlists and providing music for events. The thing that sets Songza apart from other music apps is the fact that it wants to know exactly when you are listening to the music and what you are doing, so whether you are driving in the car or working out, the app will deliver the best music to fit with your actions. The app is also free to download and without the listening limits of similar services, which is great! – Download from iTunes

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4. Rdio (Free)

Everyone who has read any of my pieces on Top 8 will know that I’m a huge fan of the pretty interface and a lover of great design, and I’d say that Rdio offers what is probably the best looking music streaming apps out there a present. There are also over 32 million songs to choose from, which means that there’s some substance behind the aesthetics. One thing that music streaming fans often look for is the option for offline playback, and I can confirm that this is represented here. Rdio may lack the exclusive content of something like Spotify, but who can compete with that these days? It is still a great experience, and an excellent way to discover new music which in my eyes is really all that matters! You can set up and try Rdio for free as a radio service, but the premium package starts at $9.99 a month with no ads and unlimited listening. – Download from iTunes

3. Beats Music (Free)

For those who often read about streaming services and how each one differs from the next, one term you will head quite often is that of “playlist curation”, which basically means the amount of time those behind the app spend developing and improving and adding different playlists. New playlists are feature and added constantly to the service, so there’s always something for you and regular listeners won’t get bored with the same old stuff. The problem is that there is no real free option here, with subscriptins starting at $10 a month. There is also the opportunity to listen to songs you access while offline, which is perfect for those who are traveling or who have a data plan. – Download from iTunes

2. SoundCloud (Free)

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When it comes to discovering new music, nothing quite compares to SoundCloud. I’ve always found myself attempting to explain what sets it apart from other music streaming apps, and I suppose the easiest explanation would be that is community-driven, and designed more as a social network for artists than a proper streaming service. The first thing to note is that it is entirely free for listeners, which is worth considering because it does lack the content and variety of most apps. It’s the place to be however if you are into indie artists and wish to be the first to hear it when your favorite small time band release their new content over the web. Some users will find it annoying to search for well known artists in SoundCloud and find nothing but amateur remixes, but that’s exactly what you get when it comes to SoundCloud. – Download from iTunes

1. Spotify (Free)

When it comes to content, no music streaming app has more cutting edge and exclusive stuff than Spotify, and that’s really why it has become as big and as popular as it is currently. So, if you’re the kind of person that follows pop music and likes to keep up with all the latest releases and chart movements, then Spotify is the app for you. There are currently over 30 million songs to choose from, offline playback options and a whole lot more. While the app itself might not look as good as the likes of Rdio listed above, but it will typically get content before any other music streaming app. There are also a lot more options when it comes to streaming content, such as the ability to play albums, artist on shuffle and on demand. The premium subscriptions for Spotify cost $9.99 a month. – Download from iTunes

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