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There is no doubt that Spotify is one of the most popular services among music streaming platforms. It has earned its place over the years thanks to the simplicity of use of its applications and to being available on almost any modern device, from Windows, Mac, Linux, mobile apps (even on discontinued operating systems like windows phone or blackberry), SmartTVs to even video game consoles. Its current library with more than 40 million songs in constant growth and a wide range of cool features such as personalized playlists based on user tastes, artist-based radios, podcasts, social media integration, collaborative playlists and several others, makes the platform a very attractive option for the user who wants to have almost everything without much effort.

However, there is life beyond Spotify. The limitations of its free version and the growing list of new rivals willing to compete with it by offering better features and prices make more and more users feel attracted by other services that may be less known but better suit their needs. If you want to know how to make the leap, we recommend you take a look at the list of the most popular alternatives to Spotify.

Spotify alternatives are mainly Music Streaming Services but may also be Music Discovery Services or Audio Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Spotify.
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  1. Deezer icon

    Deezer

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    179 alternatives to Deezer 

    Deezer is an excellent option since its user experience is quite similar to Spotify, but it also has approximately 70 million songs available, about 30 million more than its competitor. It also has a feature similar to the Shazam called SongCatcher, which you can use to identify the name of the songs that are playing. Flow is another cool feature missing on Spotify, with recommendations created exclusively for you and songs that you no longer remember so you can enjoy long hours of music. The free version of Deezer works similar to Spotify (although with less advertising between songs), but you can always get the premium version from $10 USD.

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    1.  Personalized RecommendationsDeezer can recommend content you like, whether it's something you already know or not.
    2.  Dark ModeDeezer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Works OfflineDeezer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  LightweightDeezer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with Deezer.
    6.  Collaborative PlaylistsMake any playlist collaborative to let your friends add, remove, and reorder videos and tracks.
    7.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Deezer using IFTTT.
    8.  AirPlay SupportDeezer can stream or share content to your Mac, Apple TV, or compatible smart TV.
    9.  Lossless AudioDeezer has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
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    MaterialFuture

    Deezer in comparison to Spotify pays their artists much better and has a larger catalog of songs. Other than the main things, the UI is better and the ability to read lyrics while listening to a song makes this a must-have for people that like karaoke.

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    Guest

    It includes synchronized song lyrics for most popular songs.

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    bethropolis

    It's a nice and easy to use ui

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    247entco

    It's easy to access and navigate

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    koinslot888

    sound is good but the lidrary to poor

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    abelardboivin95

    Although it has fewer total songs, both audio quality and artist royalties are higher. It's a more sustainable, community-driven platform.

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    emredemir6261

    You can select tracks from popular artists, just like with Spotify.

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    SoundCloud

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    150 alternatives to SoundCloud 

    Soundcloud is known for having an impressive music and audio library. We are talking about more than 200 million files between songs and podcasts. This is mainly because it is the preferred music streaming platform for new indie artists, those that you probably couldn't find on Spotify (shoutouts to electronic music lovers). The main disadvantage with SoundCloud is that you won't find a lot of well-known established artists.

    It also works as a kind of music social network where you can share, like, and comment on entries; highlight parts of songs; create your own lists and podcasts; and follow your favorite artists. All this means that you can find an impressive variety of content compared to Spotify. Soundcloud has a free version with ads, but you can subscribe to one of their premium memberships from as little as $5 USD per month.

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    Most users think SoundCloud is a great alternative to Spotify.
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    isisstelling

    Doesn't have any advertisement on my country, you can use a VPN to bypass it if you're in one of the countries that do have ads.

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    Guest

    It's a great alternative to Spotify.

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    jonathanjewell

    It is far more concerned with individual and small musicians and has way less of a sense of corporate obsession and political interference with it. I do think that Spotify, thanks to its influence, can basically draw anything to its collection and make or break a major artist, but for smaller artists, Soundcloud offers hope that there is a route into the industry.

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    valenfpolanco

    Spotify is the best option :) love it.

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    koinslot888

    best platform for people unpopuler but good song

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    RemovedUser

    many musics uploaded from many people

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    AliceMcLeod

    i ike it because it is easy to use

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    YouTube Music

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    144 alternatives to YouTube Music 

    YouTube Music has an important advantage over Spotify, in addition to its extensive music catalog, it includes millions of videos and uses the extremely intelligent and powerful YouTube search engine, which means that you just have to type or say some word that identifies a song or part of the lyrics and you will surely find it.

    Its interface is really easy and familiar to navigate, on its main page you will find different playlists according to your mood. Thus, if you need more energy, need to focus, or need to relax or cheer up, you can use them to forget about looking for specific genres or songs.

    But beyond the content, there are two main advantages: you can have your music offline or watch videos without having to be connected to WiFi or mobile data. In addition, you can have YouTube videos in the background and continue using other applications without the music being cut until you decide. You can purchase YouTube Music Premium from $10 USD.

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    1.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    2.  Personalized RecommendationsYouTube Music can recommend content you like, whether it's something you already know or not.
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    Almost everyone thinks YouTube Music is a great alternative to Spotify.
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    koinslot888

    not bad but anoy for video convert to music

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    thebenmix11

    It's the only big player on the list that is truly free. If you use ad blockers it's totally seamless.

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    stevedin

    It also comes with YouTube Premium which removes ads from YouTube.

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    Guest

    YouTube Music does not allow children under 13 years old on their platform despite offering family plan.

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    Guest

    this is great and i love the way the sound bellows from the speaker fone.

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    Guest

    Good collection and much more user friendly interface on YouTube music than Spotify

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    Irina_Cleo

    Free, included in YouTube premium

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  4. Apple Music icon

    Apple Music

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    116 alternatives to Apple Music 

    Apple Music leads over Spotify with a catalog of just over 50 million songs. If you are within the apple ecosystem, you will find Apple Music really interesting due to its integration with the OS without the need for third party apps. In addition to its well balanced user interface design, you have the option to dive through recommended lists, hits, genres or personalized and updated playlists. It's also possible to follow artists, as well as compare and comment on songs, a significant advantage over Spotify.

    You can use the service not only on devices with MacOS or iOS, but also on Android and Windows, but keep in mind that it doesn't give you the possibility of listening to music with advertising, you can only use the service by paying a $10 USD membership.

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    1.  Lossless AudioApple Music has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    2.  PortableApple Music can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Personalized RecommendationsApple Music can recommend content you like, whether it's something you already know or not.
    4.  Music StoreYou can buy music and keep ownership in perpetuity at Apple Music.
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    Most users think Apple Music is a great alternative to Spotify.
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    It does not have a free version like Spotify.

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    bethropolis

    It has a nice music player with lyrics just like Spotify. It has playlist and perfect related music recommendation hence making it a good spotify alternative

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    Guest

    Apple Music has more quality songs than Spotify.

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    Great music library available.

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    Bandcamp

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    It is an excellent option for independent musicians that combines many features from a social network where you can display your music, with an ecommerce function that lets you sell your merchandise. Unlike Spotify, Bandcamp allows users to stream your music or buy your discography in physical or digital formats (with a commission of 10 to 15%). 

    If you are a musician, the premium version offers you several extra benefits such as: Sending private messages to your fans, seeing the location of your buyers and how they have reached you, batch uploading audio to the platform, adding videos to your music and related merchandise, sending VIP songs through private links, the ability to configure a custom domain, connecting your profile with Google Analytics, and disable some songs so that cannot be listened for whatever reason.

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    1.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    2.  Ad-freeBandcamp doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Most users think Bandcamp is a great alternative to Spotify.
    MaterialFuture

    Bandcamp allows you to support artists directly and without having to use an app and with less fees. It has a lower barrier to entry than Spotify so you'll find more independent artists. The merch feature is great and allows you to buy merch (digital/physical) and music all in one place.

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    Funkwhale

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    Funkwhale is one of the most popular options when it comes to Open Source and Self-Hosted alternatives to Spotify. You can have control over your personal music library without worrying about it ever disappearing from the platform for any external reason. Unlike Spotify, Funkwhale consists of several independent websites or "pods" (sometimes called "servers" or "instances") where you can upload your personal library to be streamed to mobile devices or shared with friends. Funkwhale is completely free, giving the user an experience free of tracking and ads.

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    1.  DecentralizedFunkwhale is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeFunkwhale doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for ActivityPubFunkwhale support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    4.  Multiple Account supportFunkwhale support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Almost everyone thinks Funkwhale is a great alternative to Spotify.
    loziniak

    It's open and distributed.

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    Guest

    This is a player for your own music, not a streaming service

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    Guest

    It has de API interface and the web frontend and android a IOS apps that you can install.

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    Clementine

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    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 and easy-to-use interface for searching and...

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    1.  LightweightClementine consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Lossless AudioClementine has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
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    No stable release since 2016. Newer release candidate seems to be available on Github.

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    beat_truck

    It's not a streaming service, just a music file player.

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    Dreadfuldark

    It is not a streaming service. Just a music player/application.

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    TIDAL

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    94 alternatives to TIDAL 

    Tidal is a great alternative to Spotify if what you are most interested in is audio quality, as it has standard sound options but also HiFi quality ($19 USD/month). It also has support for official videos in a big part of its catalog. In addition, it offers you the option to select your playlists from other platforms and transfer them to Tidal, which is a great advantage if you want to change your usual streaming music app and try Tidal without losing your music. On the other hand, on many occasions you will be able to access exclusive events with artists and buy tickets for their shows before they go on sale to the general public.

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    1.  Works OfflineTIDAL can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Lossless AudioTIDAL has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
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    Almost everyone thinks TIDAL is a great alternative to Spotify.
    JohnFastman

    TIDAL is the only serious music streaming service that offers Hi-Fi sound quality (FLAC, 1440 kbps, rather than Spotify's 320 kbps). This makes it a uniques and valuable service, particularly if you're an audiophile who genuinely appreciates the difference. However, TIDAL has: no playlist sharing and no Linux client.

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    mamasch19

    Just better sound quality (& plex integration)

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    AntennaPod

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    A free and open source podcastmanager for Android, allowing you to subscribe to podcasts (via iTunes database & OPML), automatically download episodes using powerful mechanisms and listen to them the way you like (speed, balance adjustments, etc).

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    1.  Ad-freeAntennaPod doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Works OfflineAntennaPod can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  LightweightAntennaPod consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Privacy focusedAntennaPod is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    6.  Import/Export OPML FeedsImport and export your feed subscriptions into OPML format with AntennaPod.
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    Pocket Casts

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    Discover the world's most powerful podcast player. Pocket Casts has all the podcasts you know & love; over 300k. Find Trending, Most Popular podcasts & more.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    2.  Import/Export OPML FeedsImport and export your feed subscriptions into OPML format with Pocket Casts.
    3.  Works OfflinePocket Casts can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  AirPlay SupportPocket Casts can stream or share content to your Mac, Apple TV, or compatible smart TV.
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    It is a podcast player. Not a music streaming service

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    Guest

    Pocket Casts is a podcast player not a streaming music service.

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    sedeti

    That's just a podcast player

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    Guest

    Pocket Casts is a dedicated podcasting app with podcast specific features and podcast discovery. While you CAN use spotify for podcasts it is a small part of the offerings of Spotify.

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