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Best Free Music Apps for College Students


Listening to music can have both a calming and an energizing effect. And both of these are something college students often need while studying or jamming information during papers.

When it comes to free music apps, your choices might be limited and the features not very extensive, but there are so many options that you will easily find one to suit your needs.

Best Free Music Apps for College Students

If you have just bought yourself a new phone and want to listen to some music for free, check out these music apps for college students:

Apple Music

Apple Music is a freemium music app available to download for both iOS and Android devices. Apple music has a library of more than 30 million and growing. You can create your own playlists, explore other people’s playlists and listen to the radio.

Since this a freemium app, you can pay the monthly charge of $9.99 and get access to Apple music and Verizon’s monthly wireless plans.  Apple Music is built on a similar platform as iTunes Radio, iPhone users might is much easier to use.

YouTube Music

YouTube Music is another music app available for both iOS and Andriod users. When you sign in to the app using your Google account, the app offers you a selection of music and videos based on your preferences from the videos you watched on YouTube previously. You can also add in your preferences and create your personalized non-stop playlist. YouTube Music also has an extensive music library of more than 30 million music videos.

One limitation of this app is that it doesn’t run in the background. So, once you open another app, you can’t continue listening. In the free app, you will have to listen to ads. If you go for the paid app, YouTube Red, you get access to ad-free music plus the chance to download and listen to the music offline. There is also an audio-only mode on this app, to save battery life.


Spotify is one of the most popular online music streaming app in the market. That’s because it’s very user-friendly and has an intelligent interface. Spotify also has a library of 30 million music and with Spotify, you can connect it to your Facebook. With the paid version of $9.99 per month, you can also access the music in offline mode.

When you sign in to Spotify using your Google or Facebook account, it will recommend music to you. You can also browse new and trending charts. There is also an option of creating your customized music playlist.

You can also download and enjoy Spotify on your windows. Having problems downloading Spotify on Windows, troubleshoot your PC issues at TechLoris.


If you love music and your app, you probably have already heard of Pandora. Pandora is more of online radio. When you sign in to Pandora using your Google account, it will give you a list of personalized radio stations based on your tastes. You can even create your own station to listen to.

With Pandora’s paid version, you can download music and listen to it offline. There are no ads in the paid version and you also get unlimited skips and replays.


Previously popularly known as Rhapsody, Napster is now an ad-free online music app. Napster evolved from a file-sharing app to a music streaming one with a library of more than 300 million songs. With Napster, you can create your own playlist, skip through ads and listen to ad-free videos. There’s also a paid version that allows you to download and listen to music offline.

iHeart Radio

iHeart Radio is another online radio streaming app that gives you access to more than 1,500 live radio stations. You can even create your own radio stations based on your music preference. iHeart Radio also has an extensive library of podcasts. Like all the other apps we mentioned before, iHeart Radio offers offline music listening in its paid version.


Deezer is French online music streaming app. When you sign in to Deezer, you will be offered a choice of music based on your preferences. You can even create your own playlists. Deezer allows you to easily create your playlist with a one-tap button to add a track to your favorites. Deezer also has a paid version which allows you to download music for offline listening.

Sound Cloud

Sound Cloud is more popular as a music-sharing app. Users can listen to music from their favorite artists or upload their own music track for others to listen. Sound Cloud has one of the biggest music libraries. You can find both emerging and popular music artists on the app. With Sound Cloud,  you can also connect with friends to share your custom playlists.

We hope you find your favorite app from this list of the best free music apps. Be sure to try out the free version of the apps before paying for the upgraded version.


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