Best Music Streaming Apps in 2015


Music streaming is one of the lucrative businesses in India. During the nascent years, there were just a couple of services. The number has since then increased by many folds. With such large numbers, it is quite difficult to check out the best among them. This is an attempt to help you out in deciding on a good streaming (and download) service that best suits your requirements.

The competition has increased for the top spot among the music streaming services in India. With a good library, better interface and affordable plans, we have the competition growing by leaps and bounds. Let us analyse each of these services here in the following paragraphs.

Gaana

The great interface is the strongest point of the service. There is an option for playback without pause. Unlike other similar apps wherein you have a little pause between the consecutive tracks, you get to hear the songs without a break. You can disable the option if you are not comfortable.



The music library of Gaana is quite vast. However, here is a catch - some albums are available only on the Web portal of the service. It is one of the popular streaming services in India. As said before, the interface is the best part with the app.
Available across a wide range of devices and platforms, Gaana has an edge over other services with its cross platform syncing. It has a social layer wherein you can link your Facebook or other social profiles with the app. It lets you check out what your friends are listening to. However, there is a downside here - once you link your Facebook profile, you keep getting frequent notifications about what your friends are listening. It is quite bit spamming. There is an option to turn this feature off.
Price wise, Gaana is competitive. The subscription charges are Rs. 120 per month valid on five devices. You get unlimited downloads at a bit rate of 320 kbps.
Key Features
1. Free tier lets you stream songs along with ads. No downloads allowed.
2. Downloads at 320 kbps bit rate.
3. Music library size - 10 million.
Pros
Attractive pricing, Cross platform availability.
Cons
Library less attractive in comparison, Social layer spamming.
Availability
Android, iOS, Web, Mobile Web, BlackBerry, WindowsPhone and Java.

Rdio

Rdio is one of the newest streaming services in India. It recently acquired Dhingana an Indian startup and entered Indian music streaming arena with Indian music. The app and Web view have a good design and looks. But music library is where it falters.



The Rdio app has great library when it comes to international music. In fact, it has the best ever library of international music compared to Indian streaming services. But, the Indian music is where it falls behind. The pricing too is a bit out of place in comparison to other apps. You have two plans - Rdio Select at Rs. 60 per month with 25 downloads and Rdio Unlimited at Rs. 120 per month with unlimited downloads.

Key Deatures
1. Free tier offers no downloads, but you can stream songs with restrictions.
2. Bit rate 320 kbps for your downloads.
3. Music library size 30 million.
Pros
Best international music, Great value design.
Cons
Indian music library is not up to the mark.
Availability
Android, iOS, WindowsPhone, Web.

Saavn

It was the pioneer in music streaming services in India. The interface is quite good. You can navigate through different sections of the site quite easily. The music library is envious indeed, but lacks proper curation.



The app has quite an excellent library of Indian and international music. Pricing though is not much competitive. The India only Lite plan lets you download up to 3 GB of songs at Rs. 120 per month. The Pro plan gets you access to unlimited downloads at Rs. 250 per month. And yes, the subscription is applicable on five devices.

Key Features
1. The free tier is at par with other apps. You get free streaming with ads, but no downloads.
2. Download bit rate 320 kbps
3. Music library size is 7 million.
Pros
Best in class UI, Larger library.
Cons
Expensive pricing, unsatisfactory curation, occasional app crashes.
Availability
iOS, Android, Web.

Wynk Music

Coming from the house of AirTel, it is undoubtedly the best app ever. It excels with the best curation. The interface is indeed top notch. The homepage of the app is best in class.



In spite of being the youngest entrant in the field, Wynk has carved a niche for itself. The curation is the best in class compared to other apps. The music library is right up to the mark. The Indian music collection is the best among the lot.
Pricing is quite confusing. Free tier lets you stream only 100 songs. Unlimited songs streaming and downloads on an Andorid cost Rs. 99 per month. AirTel users need to pay just Rs. 29 per month for unlimited access. Subscription charges for iOS users is Rs. 60 per month. AirTel users can download and stream 500 songs without data charges for Rs. 129.
Key Features
1. Free tier with ads, but you can stream only 100 songs per month. No downloads allowed in free tier.
2. Bit rate of the downloaded files is 320 kbps.
3. Music library size is 1.8 million.
Pros
Neat Web view, good library, best curation.
Cons
Too many ads in free tier, confusing pricing.
Availability
Mobile Web, Android, iOS

Hungama

Hungama is the app that had a promising beginning. But, it is the app with cluttered interface. Recent update has brought up new look on Android. The new look is expected on iOS soon.



The service has a couple of innovative features. As soon as you stream a song, the app starts downloading it in the background. Of course, you need to be a pro user to be able to access this feature. Another such Innovative feature is the selection of music based on your mood. You just need to select your mood and Hungama recommends the best suited song for you. Though, the recommendations tend to be from recent albums.
The library is not quite up to the mark. The app is available in five Indian languages and that's what sets it apart from other apps. The Indian music library is quite good. The search results, however, tend to be inconsistent.
Pricing is in line with most other apps. You will need to pay Rs. 110 per month on Android and Rs. 120 per month if you are an iOS user.
Key Features
1. Free tier has no downloads, but offers streaming with ads.
2. Music bit rate for download is 320 kbps.
3. Music library size is 3.5 million.
Pros
Available on multiple platforms, good Indian music collection, multiple language support, auto downloads
Cons
Bad interface, Limited international music, search results inconsistent.
Availability
Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Web

Apple Music

Apple Music is the latest entrant to the Indian music streaming arena. Even then, it does carry a few great features.The play list organisation is quite good. It does offer you separate play lists based on genre. It also features play lists based on activity like running.
The Internet radio is what makes Apple Music stand out from the rest. Beats1Radio as it is called, works pretty well. The curation is quite classic. The international music library is excellent enough. But, the Indian music lovers won't be happy with the service as the library seems to be quite limited. Some of the international tracks are exclusive to Apple.




Subscription plans are best in class. You pay Rs. 120 per month for our email person. If you want subscriptions for multiple members, pay Rs. 190 per month and get access for six people.
The service has no Web view. Having been tied to iTunes is a bit annoying, given the fact that iTunes tends to be slow on Windows.
Key Features
1. Three months free trial available. No free streaming.
2. Bit rate limited to 256 kbps
3. Music library size 30 million.
Pros
Great international music library, best curation, Internet radio, excellent pricing
Cons
No web view, limited Indian music collection
Availability
Windows, iOS, Mac. Will be coming soon on Android.

Guvera Music

Though it has been around since last one year, Guvera Music has remained largely unknown to most music lovers. It has preferred to keep a low profile. The music library of the service is quite impressive.



The interface tends to be little annoying with a clutters of ads. There is a video ad coming up every time you perform an action on the app. Well, you can turn the ads off, but I assume that the ads are just too many.
The music library, as said before, is exemplary. Both international and Indian music library are at par with many rival services. Streaming experience on Web portal is much better than that on the apps. If you prefer streaming music on Web, this should be your primary choice.
Subscriptions plans are a bit expensive compared to competitors. You pay Rs. 199 per month for Android and Web portal. The charges will be Rs. 250 on iOS.
Key Features
1. Free tier lets you stream music with ads.
2. Bit rate just 64 kbps
3. Music library size - 18 million.
Pros
Best Web view, good library
Cons
Expensive plans, too many ads in free tier.
Availability
Android, iOS and Web view.

Verdict

Well, frankly - there is no clear winner for the top spot. Wynk scores more with its intuitive interface and differential pricing, yet the others like Saavn, Gaana and and Apple Music are great in their own right. The important criteria for opting for a particular service would be the size of music library. Almost all major players - especially Gaana, Saavn and Wynk are at par with this aspect, but curation and ease of search makes Wynk stand apart. Also it does have competitive pricing structure. In my view, it should suit every music lover's needs. At the end of the day, however, it finally boils down to individual preference.


Article by Timmappa Kamat
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