A List of Premier Streaming Services That Offer Free Music

Subscription music services that offer a free plan or trial period

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Subscription streaming music services are a popular solution for listening to a virtually unlimited supply of full-length tracks. They also provide a flexible way of listening to music in multiple locations and on several types of mobile device platforms. However, not all subscription music services that stream offer you a long-term way to test drive the main benefits they offer.

To help you source a range of subscription streaming music services that offer completely free accounts that never expire or extended trial periods, take a look at this list.

Spotify
Spotify. Image © Spotify Ltd.

A Spotify Free account gives you access to everything in the Spotify music catalog. However, advertisements appear between the tracks, and there are some on-demand limits depending on the device you use to access the site.

There is no offline music caching mode with the free account, but you do get unlimited access to millions of tracks along with Spotify radio, playlist creation, and —if you sign up with Facebook—the ability to share songs on the social networking site.

The only thing you need for Spotify Free is a Spotify account. Sign up for Spotify with your email address or on Facebook.

Spotify offers a Premium account that is not ad-supported. It offers high-quality sound, offline listening, and the Spotify Connect feature.

The service is available for computers and Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

Slacker Internet Radio Service
Slacker Internet Radio Service. Image © Slacker, Inc.

If you like your digital music delivered in radio style, then Slacker Radio is worth a serious look. Free Slacker Basic Radio comes with an excellent range of features, and your music listening isn't restricted like it can be with some other services. However, the music comes with ads and a maximum skip limit of six songs in a station per hour.

That said, Slacker's free account gives you access to hundreds of professionally programmed stations, mobile music, and the ability to create your own stations and share songs on social networking platforms. 

Slacker also has two paid plans that offer higher-quality sound. The Plus plan removes the banner ads. The Premium plan is also ad-free and offers the ability to create custom playlists, cache music for offline listening, and play on-demand songs and albums.

The service is available on computers and on Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

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Pandora offers a free and two paid account options. Any of the plans lets you listen to your music wherever you are on your mobile devices, desktop, TV, or in the car. Pandora Free is ad-supported. You can create radio stations based on your favorite artists, songs, and genres. The service uses thumbs-up/thumbs-down feedback to modify the music selections it offers you. 

Not surprisingly, the free plan lacks features you find in the paid plans. The music quality is somewhat lower, and you can't listen to music offline. The free service doesn't permit on-demand listening or fully customizable playlists. More »

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Free Trials Everywhere

Even music services that don't offer free plans usually offer a trial period you can sign up for. Deezer, Tidal, and iHeart Radio all offer 30-day trials. Apple Music lets you listen for 90 days free.

Each service requires you to sign up for an account. In most cases, an account grants access to the service's entire music catalog. At the end of the trial period, you opt for a paid plan or cancel your account.