Alternatives to Napster for all platforms with any license

  • Spotify icon

    Spotify

    Spotify is a commercial music streaming service providing digital rights management-restricted content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. Music can be browsed by artist, album, genre...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad OpenPandora Kindle Fire MeeGo Adobe Flash Player

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    Last.fm

    Last.fm is a music community website that offers personalized internet radio, using a recommendation system called "Audioscrobbler" to build a detailed profile of users based on their music tastes and interests. The service...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone BSD Kindle Fire

  • Clementine icon

    Clementine

    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and the GStreamer multimedia framework, focusing on a fast...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • iTunes icon

    iTunes

    iTunes is the best way to organize and enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows you already have — and shop for the ones you want to get. You can even tune in to free, on-demand music stations that have been totally revamped by our...

    Free Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • Google Play Music icon

    Google Play Music

    Google Play Music, a service available for people who have a Google account, lets people upload their personal music collection and access it instantly on the web or any compatible device. Upload your personal music collection to...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Android Wear

  • Pandora icon

    Pandora

    Pandora Radio is a free (ad-supported) internet radio founded in 2000. Using the Music Genome Project, over 400 attributes of songs are analyzed in order to personalize radio stations from music you like. For $4.99/month you can...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch tvOS Kindle Fire

  • MusicBee icon

    MusicBee

    Manage your music as a library, as playlists or as folders on the file-system. Organize, browse and find music on your computer, on portable devices and on the web. Small or large collections are handled with ease. Have folders...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Amarok icon

    Amarok

    Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before - and it looks good doing it! Features - Scripts ...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • Rhythmbox icon

    Rhythmbox

    Rhythmbox is an audio player for Linux that plays and organizes digital music. Inspired by Apple's iTunes, it is free software that is designed to work well under the...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Banshee icon

    Banshee

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio. Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

  • Vox Music Player icon

    Vox Music Player

    All-in-one music player with SoundCloud, Youtube, LAST.FM and the unlimited cloud storage integration for Mac and iPhone.

    Freemium Mac iPhone Apple Watch

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  • Apple Music icon

    Apple Music

    To bring you more music than ever with access to millions of songs. To give you personal recommendations from people who know and love music. To deepen the connection between artists and fans. To reimagine radio with a 24/7, global...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone iPad

  • gPodder icon

    gPodder

    gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you. Listen directly on your computer or on your mobile devices. Available for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Mac OS X and mobile devices like the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android S60 BSD Blackberry 10 PlayBook PortableApps.com Xfce

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    gmusicbrowser

    An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ Vorbis / FLAC / mpc/ape files, written in perl. Its made with big (> 10,000 songs) libraries in mind. Features include: plugin system, customizable weighted random mode...

    Open Source Linux

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    jetAudio

    JetAudio is integrated, multimedia software made of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file formats. You can create...

    Freemium Windows Android

  • aTunes icon

    aTunes

    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems. A skinnable java alternative to iTunes (similar...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued last update: 22. June 2014
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    Exaile

    Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm submission support, and...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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  • Groove Music icon

    Groove Music

    All your tunes, all in one place, on all your devices Enjoy all the music you love in one simple, fast, and elegant Windows 10 app.

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Windows RT Windows Phone

  • BeatSense icon

    BeatSense

    The game-changing music platform. Discover great music, hand-picked real people, in a single click. FREE and in real-time!.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • Sonerezh icon

    Sonerezh

    A self-hosted, web-based application for stream your music, everywhere.

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted

  • Earbits icon

    Earbits

    Earbits is an online radio platform designed to make it dead simple for artists and music lovers to find each other, and create meaningful connections. There are no ads, commercials, or fees. Over 300 channels of high quality music...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS

  • Zune Software icon

    Zune Software

    Zune Software is a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming server. It's a software for the Zune media player from Microsoft. Works as a stand alone media player...

    Free Windows Windows RT Windows Phone

    • Discontinued “Zune Marketplace no longer supports rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores.”
  • Freemake Music Box icon

    Freemake Music Box

    Freemake Music Box is a new music app that gives you free access to millions of songs online. Regardless of your location, you can search, play and organize online music free and easily. The powerful search tool will bring you a...

    Free Windows iPhone

  • Audio Hijack icon

    Audio Hijack

    Record any audio, with Audio Hijack! Save audio from applications like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers.

    Freemium Mac

  • TIDAL icon

    TIDAL

    Tidal is the world’s first music service with High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and Curated Editorial by music journalists, artists and experts, making for a simply superior experience.

    Commercial Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Quintessential Media Player icon

    Quintessential Media Player

    Quintessential Media Player is a feature rich media player for Microsoft Windows. It supports all popular audio formats including MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and CDs. QMP is highly skinnable and has a robust plug-in architecture.

    Free Windows

  • Noise icon

    Noise

    The official elementary OS music player. Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries. It handles external devices, CDs, and album art. Noise utilizes Granite for a consistent and slick UI. ...

    Open Source Linux

  • Openwhyd icon

    Openwhyd

    Collect and share all the music you love from any source but reunited in the same place. Features: - Collect the music you love from Youtube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Deezer, etc., on your profile Whyd. - organize your playlists...

    Open Source Web / Cloud iPhone

  • Amazon Music icon

    Amazon Music

    Amazon Music is an online music store and music locker operated by Amazon . Prime members enjoy unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs, expert-programmed Prime Playlists, and ad-free...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

  • MOC icon

    MOC

    MOC (music on console) is a console audio player for LINUX/UNIX designed to be powerful and easy to use. You just need to select a file from some directory using the menu similar to Midnight Commander, and MOC will start playing...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • Helium Music Manager icon

    Helium Music Manager

    You can take control of your music collection. Stop spending time looking for files on your computer or hunting through CDs, vinyl records and tapes - instead, simply enjoy and explore your music! Helium Music Manager can replace...

    Freemium Windows iPhone

  • Blitzr icon

    Blitzr

    Bored of not being allowed to enjoy Radiohead and Led Zeppelin on the same premium/ad-supported music service? Frustrated because you missed your favorite band playing a killer show nearby a few days ago? This is where BlitzrMusic...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Chrome

  • 7Digital icon

    7Digital

    7digital's web store lets you browse, preview, purchase, and download music from a catalogue of over 18 million tracks.

    Commercial Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Windows Phone

  • YouTube Music icon

    YouTube Music

    YouTube is a global video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States.

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

Napster Comments

I listen to a lot of music at my computer, and using a serv ...

Comment by jj00
about Napster Jun 2011

I listen to a lot of music at my computer, and using a service like Napster is a huge convenience. It's like having Pandora except you can play anything you like, even an entire album. I should note that I only use the streaming part of the service with their desktop app (not easy to find on their website). I used to be a Rhapsody subscriber, but Napster is cheaper at $5/month and offers 5 free mp3 downloads per month with it. In my opinion, Rhapsody has a larger library but Napster is close enough and much cheaper.

I exclusively use their desktop app, I really can't stand their web app. The biggest thing to know about Napster is that they are low-budget: you get a cheaper price, but their selection, software, and feature-set somewhat lags behind some of it's competition.

My biggest wishes for the service would be that they get access on Tivo (like Rhapsody), and work towards improving their desktop app. It's obvious that they want to keep costs low, and their desktop app will never compare to the iTunes of the world - they should looks toward improving it in other ways. Either focus on being a plugin for the likes of Songbird, Winamp, etc, or open-source the app and allow it to grow into a more general media player / music organizer.

Sorry about the soapbox at the end.

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