Best Websites to Listen to Music Online Free

Free Review: Spotify Vs YouTube Music Vs Deezer Vs Apple Vs Amazon

Article Updated: 2022-05-06

In this article, you will find a list of the best websites to listen to free music online without downloading. For each one, a description and a picture of its UI is provided; as well as a list of pros and cons.

I wrote this article to help you making a choice between the most popular ones. Each one has its own features, some being a huge Quality of Life improvement, and some just being awful.

All pros listed also apply to the streaming services paid versions. Getting a subscription would, of course, remove some cons like ads and restrictions.

Best Free Music Streaming Services 2022

1. Spotify Free Version

spotify free version UI
Spotify free version - website UI

Spotify Free comes in 3 formats: you can listen to it on a website, you can download the desktop app or you can download the mobile app.

The UI is clean with everything you need on a left side bar (home, search, your library, create playlist, liked songs and all your playlists), you can even create playlist folders to organise them.

After you type something into the search bar, the search results are organized into categories: most relevant, songs, artists, albums, playlists, podcasts, episodes, profiles.

A huge music library with over 70 million songs. After using it for a while the algorithm will recommend you more relevant songs, you can like songs, follow artists and make your own playlist or find one you like to help with the recommendations. Spotify has the best playlists and playlist system.

Free stuff usually comes with ads, you will get a bunch of 30 seconds ads from time to time. And some more niche music like old game soundtracks, is either not on the platform or got deleted (you will see grey songs in playlists) for whatever reason.


TIP: If you're still wondering if Spotify free is any good then the answer is yes, go for it.

Pros:

  • Desktop website, desktop app and mobile app

  • Clean user interface, user friendly

  • Can create playlist folders

  • Search results by categories

  • Huge song library (70m+)

  • Relevant recommended songs

  • Best playlists and playlist system

Cons:

  • 30 seconds ads from time to time

  • niche music missing or randomly deleted

2. YouTube Music Free Version

youtube music free version UI
YouTube Music free version - website UI

YouTube Music Free comes in 2 formats: the desktop website and the mobile app that you can download.

The UI is tab organized, giving a similar feel to internet browsers. The search results are also in tabs (songs, videos, community playlists, albums, artists).

A huge music library with over 50 million songs. Same as before, the algorithm will get better at suggesting you relevant songs the more you listen, like and subscribe. There are community playlists but you see a lot of irrelevant ones with just a handful songs.

You will have to deal with YouTube ads. An over-sized video will be next to the songs you listen to, this is either a static art track or a custom video if this video was uploaded on an official artist channel. Niche music also missing.

On YouTube if you make a music playlist you will also see it in YouTube Music (and vice versa), but for some reason some of those videos will randomly turn grey in YouTube Music.


TIP: When you make a playlist do it on YouTube Music directly, not on YouTube.

Pros:

  • Desktop website and mobile app

  • Tab organized interface

  • Search results in tabs

  • Huge song library (50m+)

  • Relevant recommended songs

  • Community playlists

Cons:

  • YouTube ads

  • video next to the tracks playing

  • niche music missing or randomly deleted

  • weird interaction with normal YouTube

3. Deezer Free Version

deezer free version UI
Deezer free version - website UI

Deezer Free comes in 3 formats: you can listen to it on a website, you can download the desktop app or you can download the mobile app.

The UI is clean with everything you need on a left side bar (music, podcasts, radio, explore and favorites with subcategories that are basically your library navigation), it looks very similar to Spotify's UI.

After you type something into the search bar, the search results are organized into categories: all, tracks, artists, albums, playlists, podcasts, episodes. A QoL improvement over Spotify is that you can click on the categories instead of having to scroll down.

A huge music library with over 90 million songs, the biggest so far. Like the above ones, after using it for a while the algorithm will recommend you more relevant songs.

Like on Spotify you will get a bunch of ads from time to time. And niche music is missing.

User generated playlists are for the most part a little bit on the weak side. This platform needs a bigger community mostly.


TIP: Spotify look-a-like with some QoL improvements, definitely worth a try.

Pros:

  • Desktop website, desktop app and mobile app

  • Clean UI, very close to Spotify

  • Search results by categories and quick access

  • Biggest song library (90m+)

  • Relevant recommended songs

  • Community playlists

Cons:

  • ads

  • niche music missing or randomly deleted

  • needs a bigger community

4. Apple Music Free Version

apple music free version UI
Apple Music free version - website UI

Apple Music Free comes in 3 formats: a website, a desktop app (iTunes) and a mobile app.

The UI has a side search bar and menu: listen now, browse, radio. After you search something the results are organized by categories like this: top result, artists, albums, songs, playlists.

A huge library with over 75 millions songs. Like other platforms the algorithm will suggest you better songs based on your listening history. Niche music missing. Couldn't find proper playlists for my different search terms.

You can only listen to 1min30 of each song, you can see the word "preview" next to each song you play.

To active your Apple ID account you will have to go through iTunes (download on desktop or mobile) before you can login on the website, you will have to link your credit card to it.

I don't consider a registration requiring you to link your card "Free", even if they don't charge you. So, Apple Music Free is listening without creating an account, which means that you can't save anything.


TIP: Limited to previews. Not worth it.

Pros:

  • Desktop website, desktop app (iTunes) and mobile app

  • Clean user interface, straight to the point

  • Search results organized by categories

  • Huge song library (75m+)

  • Relevant recommended songs

Cons:

  • limited to 1 minute 30 seconds previews

  • niche music missing or randomly deleted

  • lack of playlists

  • credit card information to active your account

  • no save or playlist add without an account

5. Amazon Music Free Version

amazon music free version UI
Amazon Music free version - website UI

While Amazon technically gives you a free version, it is extremely limited in what you can do.

You can't listen to the songs you want to, it will redirect you to random ones asking you to get a subscription, and you get ads on top of it.

You can't make playlists, after naming a playlist a pop up will tell to get a sub.

Not many playlists available for the different search terms I used. Niche music also missing.

On the good side, it has a clean interface (even without a side navigation bar) and a huge song library.


TIP: No.

Pros:

  • Desktop website, desktop app and mobile app

  • Clean user interface (but no sidebar)

  • Search results by categories

  • Huge song library (75m+)

Cons:

  • extremely limited

  • random songs

  • ads

  • can't make playlists

  • lack of playlists

  • niche music missing or randomly deleted

  • NOT RECOMMENDED

6. Honorable Mention: YouTube & SoundCloud

Since I listed in the cons of every streaming service "missing niche music", you probably wonder where I find it. Well, on YouTube and SoundCloud if you don't mind it also getting randomly deleted from time to time. The deletion is copyright infringement (illegal uploads) related on those, while on every streaming service listed above it seems to be a rights holder issue.


TIP: Both are free and great alternatives if you can't find the music you like on the other music streaming services.

Conclusion

The best and safest choices for music streaming platforms appear to be Spotify, YouTube Music and Deezer. Either one of those 3 will provide you with a great free experience without much limitations. I would recommend you to give all 3 a try and to stick with your favorite one afterwards.

I personally use Spotify the most. If you choose it, take a look at the playlists I'm curating on it.

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