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5 Best YouTube Music Alternative In 2018

YouTube Music is a neat music platform, allowing you to discover and listen to music by genre, artist, and even recommendations. On top of that, YouTube Music meets a need that users have been asking for for years — the ability to listen to music on YouTube without the app open. With a YouTube Music subscription, you can keep the app minimizes and still listen to your favorite songs. A subscription will keep things ad-free as well, including music videos.

However, YouTube Music isn’t for everyone. For one, it doesn’t have nearly as large of a library as, say, Apple Music or Spotify. So, if you follow along below, we’ll show you all of the best alternatives to YouTube Music below. Here are our top picks.

Pandora

First up, we’re taking a look at Pandora. Pandora has gotten a lot better over the years, offering two tiers of subscriptions. The best is Pandora Premium, which will allow you to download as many stations as you want for offline listening. Plus restricts you to just 4. Pandora takes on more of a radio style, but you don’t have to listen to stations that you don’t want to listen to. Press the “Thumbs Down” button on any song, and Pandora won’t subject you to that song again. Pandora lets you listen to any song that you want as well — just search for it, and Pandora will play it.

You can create your own playlists with Pandora, too. You can add whatever songs you want to your playlist, or you can have Pandora curate you a playlist based on your listening habits.

Download it now: Google Play

Spotify

Spotify is one of our favorite music streaming services. With Spotify, you can listen to any song you want. You can create playlists of your favorite songs, too. Spotify is free to use, but that does mean you’ll have to listen to ads in-between songs. You can sign up for a Spotify Premium subscription, which will allow you to download your playlists for offline listening. In addition to that, Spotify Premium gets rid of ads and opens up higher quality music to you.

We like Spotify because of its versatility. Listen to Spotify on your smartphone, and transfer to your tablet or laptop when you need to move devices. Keep in mind that Spotify can pull down a lot of data when you’re using high quality streaming.

Download it now: Google Play

Apple Music Beta

Apple Music

Apple Music is probably our favorite platform. Apple Music has one of the largest music streaming libraries in the market right now. That said, you’ll have no problem finding your favorite genres and artists. Apple Music is nice, because they try to curate recommendations to you — insert your favorite songs, genres, and artists, then tell Apple Music what you like to listen to the most, and they’ll curate you a wide variety of playlists, suggestions, and recommendations. Outside of that, you can, of course, make your own playlists. Apple Music also allows you to download individual tracks for offline listening, as well as whole playlists.

Download it now: Google Play

Google Play Music

Next up, it’s worth taking a look at Google Play Music. They’re pretty different to YouTube Music, not allowing you to watch YouTube music videos or live performances. Google Play Music operates similarly to Apple Music, allowing you to listen to all of your favorite tracks, create your own playlists, and even download for offline listening. As an added bonus, Google Play Music will allow you to subscribe and listen to podcasts online as well. A subscription will get rid of ads.

Download it now: Google Play

iHeartRadio

Finally, we’re taking a loot at what iHeartRadio has to offer. iHeartRadio is a cross between music streaming and radio. With iHeartRadio, you can tune into your favorite stations for listening to your favorite tracks, whether that be country, pop, top hits, and plenty of others. You can also tune into talk radio stations for listening to personalities like Dave Ramsey, Ken Coleman, and so many others. If you’re into comedy or news, iHeartRadio has stations for listening to those as well. iHeartRadio can be listened to for free, but a subscription will get rid of advertisements.

Download it now: Google Play

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of different music streaming services out there, giving you way more options than just YouTube Music. Really, any of these will work as great alternatives, but you might find that you like Apple Music and Spotify the most because of their vast libraries.

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