Music junkie? Here are the 25 best music apps for consuming and creating tunes

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If you lump them all together, there are probably no fewer than a zillion different music apps between Google Play and the App Store. Those aren’t exact figures, but based on Digital Trends‘ own independent research, we estimate that the number is somewhere between a zillion and a jillion. So as a smartphone user, you have access to just about any type of music program imaginable, from internet radio and streaming apps to guitar tuners and portable DJ stations. Unfortunately, though, your smartphone has a limited amount of space. You can’t download the entire zillion apps — as of yet, anyway — so we’ve dug up the best music apps available for Android and iOS.

It should be noted, however, that the number of music apps available varies greatly from store to store. Apple’s App Store easily has the most, followed closely by Google Play. Most are available free of charge, though, many also feature in-app purchases and monthly subscription fees. Nonetheless, below are our picks for the best music apps, whether you’re looking to simply listen to music, learn music, or create it.

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The best apps for listening to music

Google Play Music (free)

Google Play Music App Screen
As expected, Google Play Music grants you full access to your cloud-based music collection on the go. The app is clean, lined with handpicked playlists and custom radio stations, and even presents smart recommendations based on your individual taste and prior listening habits.
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Apple Music (free)

Apple Music App Screen
Apple Music is Apple’s first music streaming service, and it offers you complete access to any song in the Apple Music library — no matter where you are. The well-designed app is also available for both Android and iOS, and though the service’s massive music catalog is clearly its biggest draw, it also includes a host of custom playlists, radio shows, and the like.
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YouTube Music (free)

YouTube Music App Screen
YouTube Music is perhaps better aimed at the music video-lover, but if you have a premium Red account, you can also listen to the music whether your phone’s display is on or off. Also, keep in mind that you must have a YouTube Red account, you also have a Google Play Music account (and vice versa).
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Shazam (free)

Shazam Screen App
Ever heard a song and wished you knew the title and who recorded it? Shazam detects songs and television shows in a matter of seconds, providing purchasing options, lyrics, and a convenient means of streaming the tracks once recognized. The real-time chart is just a plus.

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