Who said you have to purchase a cd or even buy the mp3 version of your new favorite song? On September 1, the Los Angeles Times listed five of the best apps for listening to music for free. These are great, high-quality apps too, not some bargain basement stuff laden with questionable content or viruses.
When looking for free music, most cell phone app users look for ways to download music and keep it in mp3 files stored on their phone. Typically, these types of free downloads are illegal. Another issue is that they can also be risky, with a great likelihood of bringing not only music but also viruses to one's electronics. It's not always a great move to seek out and download free music. Aside from those risks, it's hardly fair to the artist who is losing out on royalties due to unauthorized free downloads.
There is another way though and users can listen to all their favorite songs through apps that feature streaming music. Many of these apps are free but the catch is that they will be littered with advertisements. For just a few dollars, the user can upgrade the cell phone app to an advertisement free version or they can just tough it out and deal with the ads. Either way, it's a win for the artist and a win for the user. The apps, at least the reputable ones, license use of the songs much like a radio station would. So basically it is like customed radio, with or without the advertisements based on the subscription chosen.
The most recognizable of the apps listed is Spotify. They have been around for some time now and offer free or paid subscriptions that cost up to $9.99 per month for the premium service. Using Spotify, users can listen to a particular song or even stream a whole album.
Another service not mentioned by the Los Angeles Times is Pandora. This is more of a music station, rather than the ability to choose by song. On Pandora, users can type in a genre of music or even a certain artist. Pandora then plays songs by that specified artist plus others that are like them. This type of music service allows users to enjoy the music they love and to learn about other songs and artists that they might not have heard before.
Music apps for cell phones and mp3 players are very popular and will only continue to grow. They are the best way to listen to a variety of music without actually buying the album. This is a frugal music lovers paradise.