Between Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora and Spotify, you can pretty much listen to any music you want for as long as you want. After all, the song and artist options are almost endless. But there are other music apps that are just as good as the apps you’re familiar with—they just happen to be lesser-known. Less common apps equals unexpected music
Your music app doesn’t need to define you. There are so many others to choose from, and they might introduce you to new music you never knew you loved. That doesn’t mean you need to stop using the apps you’re already comfortable with, but hey, why not expand your music horizons?
Here are a five of the lesser-known apps that are just as awesome as the ones you’re used to:
Founded back in 2013, UpBeat Music is sort of like Reddit for music. While other music apps allow record labels to pay to promote their artists’ music, UpBeat’s free content is curated solely through the community and relies exclusively on user feedback.
This app is being used by people in over 180 countries and has over 40 million songs in its catalog. But here in the U.S., it’s not very well known.
You can use Deezer on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, with the ability to import your own music. It’s a streaming service that will set you back $9.99 a month, but it comes with your choice of endless music at your fingertips.
Vox is all about simplicity, power and functionality. The app offers integration between iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube playlists, and more.
The basic Vox service is free, but for an additional $10.99 a month, you can sign up for Loop, Vox’s unlimited cloud storage music locker that syncs your music so you have access from anywhere.
You can install Vox on your Mac or iPhone (the iOS app costs $5.99).
Radio might be a dying medium for most people, but certainly not for everyone. Fans of radio can easily listen to any station at any time with Clip Radio. You can set your favorites or let the app detect stations for you.
Select any station from your list to get a live feed of what’s playing, including the option to hear any content from the past hour. And that includes contests — an obvious perk of radio.
You can download Clip Radio for iOS or for Android for free.
This is the app for people who want a DJ to do the work for them (kind of like old-fashioned radio). With 8tracks, you choose the music genre you like, along with a particular artist or mood.
The app then generates both DJ- and user-created playlists that match your style. The track list isn’t shown, so you’re left to just sit back and enjoy the music.
It’s available for free on iOS and Android. Believe it or not, there are also versions for BlackBerry, XBox, and more.