#19 most downloaded free app on iTunes store*
One of the most current apps, especially among teens, is Musical.ly, a social network focusing on music and lifestyle. The app allows users to create and share 15-second music videos of themselves lip syncing their favorite songs on their smartphones to share with friends. Users can edit the speed of the video, add filters and even play the video backwards. Musical.ly’s popularity surged and at one point had positioned itself as the #1 most downloaded app on the iTunes App Store in 19 countries. The app is completely free, although some of the editing features are only available after you share a Musical.ly video to another app, such as Instagram. Users can record multiple clips to merge together so that the video easily transitions from one scene to the next. If you are the type of person who likes to win and compete in challenges, you’ll enjoy the contests and challenges in the Musical.ly app. There is a rotating list of trending topics that you can compete in and official Musical.ly challenges that allow you to show your talent with a focused topic. You can get featured on Musical.ly by creating content that is “creative, original, entertaining, or a combination of all three qualities.” There is no way to pay to be featured, but you can boost your odds by checking the trending hashtags on the discover screen and making more videos that connect to the trends.
#15 most downloaded free app, #1 top grossing music app, & #2 most downloaded music free app on iTunes store*
Spotify is a Swedish digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs. Spotify allows users to search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. You are allowed to make and share playlists contributing to a giant music collection. The free service includes ads but with the premium membership, there are no ads. The membership, usually costing $10, also features the ability to pick and choose which song you want to play at any time offline. As of March 2016, the amount of paid subscribers reached 30 million. Spotify pays artists based on their "market share" (the number of streams for their songs as a proportion of total songs streamed on the service). While on a musician’s page, Spotify shows the top 5 songs played and how many times each has been played by all Spotify users. The main difference between Spotify and Apple Music is Apple Music only allows a free 3-month trial and then a $10 fee must be paid to be able to access music at all. As of February 2016, Apple Music had only exceeded 11 million subscribers.
#13 most downloaded free app, #2 top grossing music app, & #1 most downloaded music free app on iTunes store*
Pandora Radio is an automated music recommendation service, available only in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The service plays musical selections of a certain genre based on the user's artist selection. The user then provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account when Pandora selects future songs. Their mission is to play only music you'll love. Pandora works with the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Their team of musician analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting hundreds of musical details on every track in order to make recommendations for listeners. Just type in the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project generate. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. You can create up to 100 unique stations.
#3 most downloaded free music app on iTunes Store*
SoundCloud is a global online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, which enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally created sounds. According to the company’s data, in December 2014, the service attracts more than 175 million unique monthly listeners, while content creators upload about 12 hours' worth of audio every minute. SoundCloud is the world's leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere. Recording and uploading sounds to SoundCloud lets people easily share them privately with their friends or publicly to blogs, sites and social networks.
#7 most downloaded free music app on iTunes Store*
Shazam is a magical mobile app that recognizes music, TV and media around you. It's the best way to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love and it's free on Apple, Android and Windows devices. Users simply press a button on their phones and in seconds get the artist, song title, and lyrics. Shazam allows for users to be able to share their discoveries and follow famous artists to see what they’re listening to. It also connects to the iTunes store so that users can purchase tracks immediately. Shazam has reached more than 500 million users in 200 countries, exceeds 100 million monthly active users, and is growing by over 13 million new users each month.
#3 top grossing music app on iTunes store*
Tidal is the first music service with high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos and curated editorial, expertly crafted by music journalists. The subscription service has over 25 million tracks and 85,000 music videos. Currently offering no free subscription plans, at either $9.99 or $19.99 per month, Tidal claims to pay the highest percentage of royalties to music artists and songwriters within the music streaming market.
#10 most downloaded free music app on iTunes store*
Publishing the newest hip-hop news, videos, and singles, Spinrilla, is the home of free hip-hop mixtapes. The app allows access to thousands of hip-hop mixtapes in your pocket. Use the Spinrilla app to listen to the newest hip-hop mixtapes released for free from your favorite artists and DJs. Offline mode allows listening to mixtapes when an internet connection isn't present.
Bonus: Keep your eyes out for Zuke, a new music social networking app originating in