6 best Spotify alternatives pros, cons, features, review & rating

Spotify alternatives

Spotify as we all know it is the biggest and the most popular Music streaming site and app. It’s currently got 300+ Million active listeners all across the globe and has 150+ Million paid subscribers. 

It has some great originals, free music with ads, podcasts, etc. you get the point, there’s a reason why it is so popular. But as awesome as it can be it still has some serious flaws such as not being available universally, paying to its creators, limitations in the free versions, etc.

A lot of people who use these streaming platforms, use them to listen to music that is available for free but there are plenty of Free music websites. Although it isn’t the best there are various GooglePlay Alternatives that you can check out right now.

So considering all the factors above, I have created a list of Free and Paid apps and sites that are a competitor and Spotify alternatives

List of best Spotify Alternatives

NameBest ForPriceOur RatingWebsite
Apple MusicBest MusicPaid[$0.67/month – $2.03/month] 4/5 https://www.apple.com/apple-music/
Prime Music AlexaPaid[$7.99/month – $79/year]4.5/5https://music.amazon.in/
Jio SaavnHindi musicFree 3.5/5https://www.jiosaavn.com/
GaanaHindi music & Radio stationsFree3/5https://gaana.com/
Resso Video with musicFree 2.5/5https://www.resso.app
Youtube MusicVideo with musicPaid3/5 https://www.youtube.com

1. Apple Music

Apple Music is the biggest competitor to Spotify right now in the market. Apple Music was launched in 2015 and since then like all the other products of Apple, Apple Music has also been a great success.

Apple Music is a paid model but it gives access to 75 million songs, lossless quality, Dolby atmos and many other features that make it a good Spotify premium alternative.

Price of Apple Music

Plans of Apple Music are as follows 

Student4 plan: $0.67/month 

Individual Plan: $1.35/month

Family 5 Plan: $2.03/month

Features of Apple Music 

  • Dolby atmos on all plans
  • Original shows and concerts
  • 75 million + songs
  • No ads
  • Losless audio

Pro and Cons of Apple Music

Free TrialLimited device use 
Cheap plans Needs an Apple account to use on Alexa 
Apple carplay Not a great library for regional songs 
Dolby Atmos 
75 million songs 

Review on Apple Music

Apple Music is a sophisticated, premium quality music streaming platform that lets users listen to the songs in the best qualities.  

Rating on Apple Music

On Google Play, Apple Music gets a rating of 3.7 / 5 by 421 Thousand people but we give it a rating of 4/5 stars.

2. Prime Music

Prime Music is provided by Amazon to its viewers and comes free if you are a Prime owner. It provide. It is also a paid streaming channel and consists of 75 million songs that you can hear on the go or on your Alexas. 

Prime Music has recently gotten quite a few updates and has a good line of features that make it enter our list of Spotify alternatives.

Price of Prime Music 

Prime Music comes with a Prime subscription and it as follows

Monthly plan (prime members) : $7.99/month 

Annual Plan: $79/year

Agency Plan (non-prime members): $9.99/month

Features of Prime Music

  • Alexa enabled
  • Personalised station – My Soundtrack
  • 75 million songs
  • Great library of regional and hindi songs

Pro and Cons of Prime Music

Comes free with Prime subscription1 user at a time  
Alexa enabled   
Personalized station  
Good song character  
X-ray lyrics 

Review on Prime Music

Prime Music is a really powerful platform due to its recent updates and holds its own when it comes to the competition for streaming music. You get great library of songs along with all the other features of Prime.

Rating on Prime Music

We give Prime Music a rating of 4/5 stars

3. JioSaavn

JioSaavn (or Saavn) is an Indian music streaming platform that was launched in 2008 and was acquired by Jio Music in 2018. And since then it has been an Indian competition to the streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.

With its new and simple but cool UI and a great song suggestion algorithm, Jio Saavn is a very good contender for an alternative to Spotify.

Price of JioSaavn

JioSaavn can be accessed for free with ad breaks but its does have a paid, ad-free plans as well.

Monthly plan: $1.35/month 

Annual Plan: $5.44/year

Features of JioSaavn

  • Exclusive Originals 
  • 45 Million songs
  • 320kbps audio
  • Personalised music
  • 5 devices at a same time

Pro and Cons of JioSaavn

45 million songsAds in between the songs 
Great UI 
Great similar songs function 
Alexa enabled 

Review on JioSaavn

JioSaavn has loads to love, it’s got great sound quality a good selection of both English and Hindi songs. The music streaming service has some great price points as well. 

Rating on JioSaavn

JioSaavn has a rating of 4.2/ 5 on Google Play rated by 3 million people but we would give it a rating of 3.5/5 stars

4. Gaana

Gaana was launched in the year 2010 by Times Internet and since then it has faced many competitions in the streaming platform. It is a free-to-use platform and has both an application and a website from which you can listen to your favorites. 

Gaana has a wide variety of songs based on various languages and that’s what helps it stand out from the rest and it also features well-known songs and albums like the band The Lonely Island and more that you don’t get in JioSaavn or Prime Music as well!

Price of Gaana

Gaana, as stated above, is a free platform but it does have a paid plan for ad-free music and other features

1 year student plan: $2.71/year 

1 year Gaana Plus plan: $5.44/year 

3 month Gaana Plus plan: $2.03/ 3 month  

1 month Gaana Plus plan: $1.35/month

Features of Gaana

  • 21 different regional languages of songs
  • Gaana HotShots
  • 30 million songs
  • Radio stations 

Pro and Cons of Gaana

Alexa Enabled Terrible autoplay 
Great variety of regional songs Annoying ads 
Gaana points  

Review on Gaana 

Gaana may not be a replacement to Spotify but it has does have its few advantages here and there that make it a good platform to stream music. But it does have a terrible auto play and there are certainly some bugs in the app as well.

Rating on  Gaana

Gaana has got a rating of 4.5 stars on Google Play with 4 Million votes but we would give it a rating of 3/5 stars.

5. Resso

Resso is a very new platform that was actually launched last year only in 2020 and is made by the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance. Since its launch, Resso has generated quite a buzz because of its different UI.

In Resso you can actually like, comment and share a song and can even play the videos of the song, a feature not present in a lot of platforms. It’s basically like TikTok but for songs and since it wasn’t listed in the Chinese apps to be banned in India, it has found a small fan base for it in the country.

Price of Resso

Resso, like Gaana and Saavn is free to use but has a paid plan as well. 

Monthly plan [Android] : $1.35/month 

Montlhy Plan [IOS] : $2.71/month

Features of Resso

  • Video with music
  • Different UI
  • Focus on social media settings (like, share, comment)

Pro and Cons of Resso

Unique UI Chienese parent company of TikTok 
 New to the market 
 Not defined the total no. of songs it has 

Review on Resso

Resso is entering with some new gimmicky features to make a new TikTok but it is entering into a market that is already saturated and with the whole boycott China products that’s been raging since last year, I am not so sure about it.

It’s a free app like Spotify for sure but it has a long way to become a free alternative to Spotify.

Rating on Resso

We give Resso a rating of 2.5/5 stars

6. YouTube Music

YouTube Music is also an alternative to Spotify that you can try out. YouTube is a huge video streaming site, but YouTube did figure out that many people do use its service for listening to music videos, as well. 

So, they started out a separate platform called YouTube Music, where you can easily access all the YouTube music videos and listen to them on the go. 

Since YouTube has such a huge library of music videos, you can listen to a lot of music that you won’t be able to find on other popular music streaming sites, such as Spotify. 

Price of YouTube Music 

Since YouTube is a free service, you can also use YouTube Music for free with ads in between the songs. However, there are paid plans available for it too. 

You can get YouTube Music Premium for $16.99/month as a family pack, or you also have the option of purchasing an annual pack of $109 Dollars. 

Features of YouTube Music 

  • Huge list of music categories 
  • Listen to it in high quality 
  • Free of cost
  • Download and listen offline 

Pro and Cons of YouTube Music 

Listen to a variety of songs Paid plans are a little expensive 
Free of cost Cannot use the app in background if you are using it for free

Review on YouTube Music

YouTube Music is a streaming service that is built on the overall YouTube platform, but just with all the songs that are uploaded on it. The idea is quite simple and works great for YouTube, as well. 

However, the free version of the app is pretty useless as you will listen to a number of ads in between the songs, and sometimes also listen to the sponsors that play on Music videos these days. 

Along with this, you are also not able to use the app in background, like most music streaming applications, and that can get pretty annoying, as well, and its paid plans are a little on the expensive side. 

Rating on Resso

We give YouTube Music a rating of 3/5 stars.

Final note

On the final note I would say that if you would have asked a competition for Music streaming platforms 5 years ago, the answer would be a no-brainer with Spotify. But in the last few years, Music streaming platform has actually taken a big leap just like movie streaming platforms.

Spotify obviously is one of the best platforms available right now but it isn’t the only one available now. It’s got some good competition and you know what, competitions are good. Because that’s what puts each of these platforms to put out their best and the real winner in this competition are us, the audience because we get the best from all these platforms.

Hope you liked our article on best spotifiy alternatives and we would be adding more to the list.

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Sanjit Mansingh

Sanjit Mansingh is a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate. While studying in this field he quickly realized what he wants to do in his life: Filmmaking. His interest in writing scripts is what made him give a try in the world of content writing. Sanjit's an avid Movie Geek and is an award winning Director as well.

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