[/blockquote]Now that we know the different uses of VPN on our gadgets, thanks to the recent ban of all social media sites during the past presidential elections, lets look at the several things we can do with this new found freedom on the internet. Gone are the days of “this app is not available in your country!” So,today lets do music. Having a personal MP3 collection on your smartphone is convenient, but there is a limit to how much music you can fit onto your device’s internal storage or microSD card, and music streaming services are the way forward even if they are known to hit hard on your monthly data expenditure. So for all the apps below, we recommend to stream pr download the music on a free WiFi connection.
Spotify currently dominates this market worldwide, but there are a number of credible alternatives. Unfortunately the only viable Ugandan made solution we could find was MyZiki but it couldn’t make it on this list since they are currently web based with no official Android on the Google Play Store. Here we compare the best music streaming apps for Android.
Spotify, Google and Apple at a glance
|Apple Music||Spotify||Google Play Music|
|Free trial period||3 months||30 days||30 days|
|Price per month||UGX 18,000||UGX 33,500||UGX 33,500 and UGX 50,500 for family membership (up to six people)|
|Number of songs||More than 30 million||At least 20 million||More than 35 million|
|Offline mode for Android||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Website||Apple Music||Spotify||Google Play Music|
Perhaps this is the only one that won’t need any VPN trickery, Apple Music is a recent competitor in the music streaming sphere, released on June 30, 2015. But Apple already had a great pedigree with regards to music services, with the iTunes store having been successful for more than a decade. Though the iTunes store offers in excess of 43 million songs (everything but most of your local Ugandan songs), its streaming service offers a little less, at around 30 million.
Apple Music isn’t just for Apple users, with a Play Store App currently in beta. It allows Android users to stream its immense catalog and comes with some unique extras such as Connect, a blogging feature that seeks to bring artists closer to their fans, allowing them to share music, videos and photos with followers. Apple Music also includes the Beats 1 internet radio station, which plays continuously in more than 100 countries.
It will cost you UGX 18,000 per month after you complete the three-month trial period and all of the major features nailed, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t be.
Download Apple Music : Here
Alert!!! Switch on your VPN app here. Spotify offers a free, ad-supported streaming service in addition to its paid subscription. This is my go music stream app on a daily. A great aspect of this is that you (currently) get access to the same content whether you pay a subscription fee or not. The main downside to the free service in comparison to the paid is the audio quality, the ads, and the ability to use it offline. If you want to pay for this service, remember to use an Ugandan based VISA card.
The Spotify Android app is perfect for mobile because it allows you to download any song in the catalog for offline listening on your device. There is also a web-player and desktop app, and all your content and playlists are synced between them.
Download Spotify : Here . If you can’t see this link a you can google and side-load the Spotify APK.
Google Play Music
What began as a simple music player app is now a full, commercial streaming package with more than 35 million songs available. And don’t forget to turn on that VPN app.
Unlimited access to Google Music costs the same as a monthly Spotify subscription, but the key benefit is that it also includes access to YouTube Red, so you also get access to Google’s YouTube video content ad-free, as well as offline and background playback, and original films and TV series.
Download Spotify : Here .
So which music streaming service is best? Let’s quickly wrap them up.
Google Play Music also offers valuable extras. Everybody makes use of YouTube, and the opportunity to get even greater access to it, in addition to a 35 million-song library, is mighty tempting.
Apple Music is all about the music. You won’t get any TV or video streaming benefits here, but you will get one of the biggest music databases and an intuitive interface to discover new music.
Lastly there’s Spotify. Spotify just works. It provides high-quality audio playback, it seamlessly syncs between devices, and it’s perfect for parties and sharing, because everybody knows how it works.
What do you think is the best music streaming service for Android, and why? Let us know in the comments below.