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Spotify Alternatives

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. Jamendo is a community created around "free music," which means that unlike Spotify, artists can upload their music for free and their public can also download it for personal use under multiple Creative Commons licenses, making it free and legal to download.

    For commercial use, you can acquire licenses with supporting documentation through Jamendo Licensing (for use in advertising videos, documentaries, sounds for internet pages or any other multimedia projects). In this way, a certificate issued by the platform is obtained that guarantees the origin of the music and allows dealing with possible claims by third parties. You can stream all their albums either in MP3 format or in OGG Vorbis; it also offers downloads through the BitTorrent and eDonkey networks.

    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jamendo without registration.
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    Almost everyone thinks Jamendo is a great alternative to Spotify.
    sedeti

    Jamendo is just a library for music for your videos

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  2. nuclear is a free music streaming program that pulls content from free sources all over the internet.

    ⚫︎ No Trackingnuclear will not track or use your personal data.
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    v 0.6.10: I love it!!! Literally the only piece of software that pulls music from many sources (the only truly reliable one being YouTube), complete with metadata (titles, covers, ect). It actually is a working Spotify alternative without tracking! It also supports downloading. It's FOSS and community-driven.

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    schmebi

    Best alternative to Spotify if you want a good looking open source music player with simular features or don't want to pay for Premium. Still has some bugs, but it's getting better.

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  3. Audius is a streaming platform built for all musicians, not just those signed to labels. Build a fanbase, share your works in progress, and then publish your completed tracks for all the world to hear.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedAudius Music is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    schmebi

    I haven't found artists on that platform I would like but it could develop to nice open source alternative to the big streaming services.

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    LucaFinizio

    It worksin a very similar way and has a similar interface. You probably won't find some artists here, but listening music from Audius is 100% legal and open source

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    gPodder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Symbian S60
    • BSD
    • Blackberry 10
    • PlayBook
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce

    gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you. Listen directly on your computer or on your mobile devices.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ PortablegPodder can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Jango

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
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    While Spotify mainly focuses on music and podcasts, Jango works more like a free custom internet radio and social network. You can create your own radio stations based on artists or bands and customize them through ratings or adding more artists that will determine what is the best type of content for your radio station. You can also browse the recommended catalog or refine other users' stations.

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    kolorafa

    The same 'radio' feature as Spotify that will play songs based on songs.

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    The mix of the stations is always good and surprising - love it

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    Jango allows for unlimited skips and it plays the exact song that you enter in the search query, not a similar song or similar artist, and its FREE!!!

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    Ampache is a web based audio streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music from anywhere, using almost any internet enabled device.

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  7. Over 20 million tracks. Selections made just for you or themed playlists. Building on your musical tastes, the app will custom-pick dozens of tracks. Check out new releases from your favourite artists, or discover new hits in the genres you like most.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineYandex.Music can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Personalized RecommendationsYandex.Music can recommend content you like, whether it's something you already know or not.
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    Almost everyone thinks Yandex.Music is a great alternative to Spotify.
    hercrug

    Cheap alternative for Spotify. However not all necessary tracks included

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    lumberman

    The best alternative to Spotify. It has the same number of western artists for 1/3 of the price. English interface is good and playlist arts are great.

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  8. Koel icon

    Koel

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    • Self-Hosted
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    A personal music streaming server that works.

    If you want to use the mobile apps, you have to pay for it.

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  9. BlackHole Music Player icon

    BlackHole Music Player

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    Awesome Music Player made with Flutter!.

    ⚫︎ LightweightBlackHole Music Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in BlackHole Music Player without registration.
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    Blackhole is a good alternative to Spotify

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    Collect and share all the music you love from any source but reunited in the same place.

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