Yep, Spotify is undoubtedly one of the most popular music streaming services of our time: everyone knows, loves, and uses it religiously. Spotify allows for seamless streaming, and also has that all-important offline Premium service, so we can enjoy our favorite music without draining all our data.
But have you ever let yourself wonder if there might be a better option out there? Ever wanted to hazard a try at something else? After all, who knows what you could be missing - like more original content, a totally free platform, or a system of recommendations more suited to your tastes?
Here we present a selection of the best Android alternatives to Spotify.
The Big G's official Google Play Music offers a free 30-day trial before you have to commit to paying. Because yes, Google Play Music is a paid option - unlike Spotify, which can be used for free with ads. It boasts a functional and elegant design, and great usability for your money.
You can, of course, download playlists or songs to listen to later, when you have no Internet connection. It's easy to import music files from your computer, too. The sound quality is top notch, so we have no complaints there either.
Recommended if you're a fan of Google products, and you want your personal library and streaming music together in one place.
Apple Music is now available for Android devices too. Unlike Google Play, it does offer some totally free service, though it comes with significant limitations: you can listen to the radio stations or any music you have previously purchased, but can't access directly access music for streaming.
That said, the Premium version, which costs $9.99 for single use and $14.99 for the family plan, has a colossal catalog of music, as well as the ability to synchronize your own library.
But the big strength of Apple Music are its recommendations, and the ability to access content exclusive to Apple - because you need Taylor Swift in your life and you know it.
It may surprise you to know that Deezer actually has the biggest catalog of them all: 40 million songs in total. Its free version is quite restricted, but you can still discover new artists and listen to songs, if you can put up with the advertising.
The main attraction of Deezer is the inclusion of apps, which allow you to follow the lyrics to songs, among other things. It also has a great set of recommendations based on your musical tastes.
Soundcloud is totally free and more focused on promoting non-mainstream artists. It's perfect for discovering upcoming talent, plus new songs and genres before your friends.
Soundcloud has more than 175 million users per month and includes a ton of content that can only be found there, unlike the comparatively mainstream Spotify or Apple Music libraries. Many artists have gained popularity thanks to the platform, which functions as a social network in all its glory. Sadly, there's no offline service, so we don't recommend using it without Wi-Fi.
Though it doesn't have an offline mode either, Jango is still worth a look if you want suggestions based on your musical preferences. Just search for an artist or song you love, and it'll whip up playlist based on similar sounds. You can also help yourself to the hundreds of genre-based radio stations.
With Jango, when you like or unlike a track, its clever algorithm learns even more about the stuff you want (and the stuff you don't). It's free and perfect for those days when all you want to hear is "afrobeat," "neo soul," or "classic outlaw country."