In today’s day and age, everything is moving over the air to the cloud. With this, everyone is able to access their data wirelessly through the cloud. Streaming music is one of the most popular uses of cloud data storage and with the power of smartphones in almost everybody’s pockets these days, it’s now easier than ever. This article will give you the low-down of which applications on iOS devices are the cream of the crop as far as music streaming goes, in no particular order.
Tonido is a fantastic application available for both the iPhone and iPad. What’s especially attractive about this application is the ability to run your own personal cloud server from which you can stream your music from. This allows you to stream exactly the songs you know and love directly from your own personal cloud. Simply install the companion server application on your computer and your iOS device will immediately load all of your data, whether it’s documents, images, or music. Another great feature of this application is the ability to select the bitrate of the music you’re streaming. If you’re low on data, you can choose to stream a lower bitrate. On the other hand, if you have unlimited data, you can freely stream at 320 kbps without a hassle. Most other music streaming applications generally are restricted to 128 or 256kbps, so this feature is a welcome addition to Tonido. The application is currently free in the iOS App Store.
2. iTunes Radio (free)
iTunes Radio is Apple’s own brainchild. It’s baked directly into the music application on both the iPhone and iPad. Users simply enter a song that they enjoy which will basically create an internet radio station with music similar to the song you chose. It also streams music at the higher quality bitrate of 256 kbps which is great. However, it doesn’t allow users to listen to specifically their song of choice. To do that, they require you to purchase the full song and then download it via the store.
3. Pandora (free)
What’s a top music streaming application list without Pandora, right? This is basically the app that started it all. Apple created their iTunes Radio to combat Pandora’s music streaming service. Like iTunes Radio, users simply create a station with a song they enjoy and the application will play music similar to the one they entered. However, there are two minor downsides to the application. The first is the pesky ads that display every few songs. Another downside is the limited amount of skips per radio station. Nonetheless, Pandora remains an excellent application to stream music through.
4. Spotify (free)
Spotify is a music streaming application that combines the highlights of Tonido and Pandora. While you can select which songs you want to listen to, it’s ad-supported. Of course, you can get rid of the ads by opting to pay a small monthly fee. It’s definitely worth it if you’re a power user, as the application allows you to also download the songs for offline use. You can also use the application on your computer to create playlists which you can listen to on your iOS device, which is quite handy.
5. Rdio (paid subscription)
Lastly, Rdio is an excellent streaming service for iOS with one major caveat, its monthly subscription fee of $10. However, it features a gorgeous user interface and a vast music library from which to select from, with no ads whatsoever. Also, you can access this service from your computer with these premium features available on that platform as well. Also, you can select the bitrate to stream the music in, which is useful for those with limited data plans. Therefore, this application is great for power users who stream their music from multiple devices rather than just their smartphone.
Overall, these are the best five music-streaming applications for the iOS mobile platform, not in any specific order. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below.