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The 4 Best Music Streaming Apps for Your Commute

top-4-streaming-services-300x157These days, there are tons of music streaming apps offering millions of songs for you to pump through your car’s Bluetooth speakers. So, how do you know which apps are best for your morning or evening drive? Many of them are great, but it all depends on you and your listening preferences. To narrow down some of the choices, we’ve gathered the four best music streaming apps that would be perfect for any commute.


As one of the easiest music streaming apps available, Pandora is a great option for many drivers. To begin listening to music, simply type in the artist, song title, or music genre you’d like to hear and Pandora will begin building your custom radio station. Use the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons to communicate your music preferences. Eventually, the app will learn what you like and play more of it. It’s that simple. Pandora is completely free with ads, and $4.99 per month for the ad-free version. The app is compatible with both iOS and Android.


Spotify provides its users with over 30 million songs for instant streaming. Thanks to its clean design and (many) extra features, Spotify was crowned the “king of streaming music” by CNET. With Spotify, you can browse individual songs, artists, and genres, as well as complete albums. Once you’ve built a playlist, you can even share it with friends on Facebook. The app is free with occasional ads, but can only be used on a computer. To use the app while driving, it will cost you $9.99 per month. Spotify is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.


Similar to Pandora, iHeartRadio lets users build custom playlists based on the songs, artists, and music genres they like. It differentiates itself from the competition, however, by offering live streaming radio as well. Once you indicate your music preferences, the app will suggest local radio stations you might like. Will you be moving to another city in the near-future? If so, don’t worry. iHeartRadio will help you find new radio stations and will even let you search by city for your old ones. The app is completely free and available for iOS and Android.

Slacker Radio

This highly-rated music streaming service not only offers users an assortment of excellent radio stations, but also offers non-music content like news, weather updates, and live ESPN sports talk. Unlike many others, the app is praised for its smart layout and good sound quality, which makes it perfect for driving. Slacker offers a free version with ads, a Plus version with extra features and no ads for $3.99, and a Premium version with even more features and no ads for $9.99. Slacker Radio is compatible with both iOS and Android powered devices.

No matter what your music preferences are, these four top apps are sure to make your morning or evening commute more enjoyable. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, download each of them until you find the perfect one.


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