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15 World’s Best Free Online Music Streaming Platforms

15 World’s Best Free Online Music Streaming Platforms

A life without music is truly unimaginable. Whether on the web, mobile phones or tablets, the options for music access are unlimited and so are the streaming music services that are growing at a lightening fast speed. This makes it very complicated to choose one or two from them and decide the most appropriate one. The following list of 15 best free online music streaming platforms will help you out of the complicated state and make it easier for you to decide as to which ones are the best to get a space in your devices without burning a hole in your pockets.

1. Spotify

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    With about 20 million options placed in its catalog, Spotify is one of the most popular names in the music streaming service industry. Providing a streaming quality of about 320 kbps, Spotify has access from all major platforms such as windows, blackberry, iOS and Android. From individual artists to albums to bands and even creating a playlist, Spotify equips the user with every feature to enhance their listening experience.

    2.  Google Play

     

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      Another widely used name in the music streaming service industry is Google Play. Google Play, unlike Spotify, enables the user to access their entire music catalog and not just the available streaming ones. Also, with a high quality music streaming ability of 320kbps, Google Play is much easier to access as it is compatible in all leading platforms including iOS.

      3. Pandora

       

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        With around one million music options in the catalog, Pandora is an option for those who want a free streaming of the radio stations instead of on-demand tracks. The free account holders have certain benefits that include 100 personalized radio stations and limited skips. With a streaming quality of 192 kbps, Pandora is an ideal option for those who love to customize everything.

        4. iHeartRadio

         

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          iHeart Radio is probably the only one music streaming service provider with absolutely no charges included for the access. Equipped with a catalog of more than 18 million songs, 4,500 artists and 1,500 live radio stations, this app can be easily found in all platforms such as Android, Blackberry, Windows, iOS and also Xbox. The user can search, personalize and customize their music needs with the help of this service provider.

          5. Mixclouds

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            With Mixclouds, a user can have an access to long length audios, radio shows, music mixes, create and favorite playlist, all for absolutely free of cost. Also, the users do not need to pay a single penny for downloading the app and is available in all the platforms including android and iOS. Though it does not provide single music or album, its catalog of more than 3 million mixes is the compensation.

            6. Grooveshark

             

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              Grooveshark is another considerable music streaming service platform where the user can choose from a large list of music and has an easy search and listen format, uploading the user choice Mp3s and also keeping track of friends’ music lists, even subscribing to it. Grooveshark is free with ads for the users; however you may have to pay a considerate amount if you intend to benefit more from the site.

              7.  Deezer

               

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                Deezer is one of the more mature and experienced music streaming service providers, having started in 2006. The site has as many as 30 million music options in its catalog and is compatible in almost all the platforms, from Android to Blackberry, PC to Windows. The company offers unlimited free music access to the user for one month and then restricts the access to two hours. Deezer is one of the companies with the largest catalog and provides all the basic features. By paying for upgrades, the users can also remove the access restriction and listen to higher quality tracks.

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                8. LAST.FM

                 

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                  One of the oldest free music streaming service providers, Last.fm is a company with a wide catalog of tracks, albums, artists and many more. The company keeps track of everything the user plays and provides personalized recommendations based on the lists. Apart from this, the user can access the service from Android, web, Linux, Windows and iOS. Though the basic service is free to use, however extra payment has to be made for extra benefits.

                  9. Slacker Radio

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                    Another popular name in the music streaming service industry is the Slacker Radio. Slacker Radio has equipped around 13 million tracks and in its catalog with a streaming quality of 128 kbps and professional DJs creating music stations. It is free with ads, but has a subscription for without ad and on-demand streaming.

                    10.  Xbox Music

                     

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                      Xbox music is a video and music streaming service from Microsoft and has the most expansive catalog with 30 million tracks. It provides free music streaming with ads and has artist-based radio stations. This service is ideal for those having a Microsoft Windows device.

                      11. Sound Cloud

                       

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                        Sound Cloud is a streaming service company that is mainly popular due to its unique feature that allows the user to share their on music creation to the world apart from enjoying someone else’s creations. With an expansive music library, sound cloud provides all the basic functionality and free streaming that offers several functions including access to unlimited playlists and few statistics.

                        12.  MySpace

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                          MySpace can be considered an amalgamation of a music service and a kind of social networking site. Re-launching itself as a free music and video streaming platform, my space has a huge music library focused especially unknown artists?

                          13.  8 Tracks

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                            8 tracks can be considered a blend of a social networking site and an Internet radio. Here, you can create your own playlist by mixing a minimum of 8 tracks, search other mixes from artists or people and share their creation with the world. It’s a free streaming service provider with a radio style format.

                            14. The Sixty One

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                              The Sixty One is one of the free streaming services with a unique feature which enables the user to access less popular and undiscovered tracks. All the songs can be played online for free and some can be downloaded from the site too.

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                              15.  RDIO

                               

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                                With Rdio, a user can perform all the basic functionalities starting from creating own playlist, listening particular track, artist or album, personalizing the playlist and creating customizing the radio stations. The streaming is free with ads and it is available on web, Android, Windows and iOS.

                                STREAMING AUDIO RECORDER

                                Wondershare streaming audio recorder is an innovative approach whereby a user can record audios from any detected online audio source such as online radio, you tube or music sources. This digital recorder records the audio from these sources with the help of high quality software that not only maintains the original quality of the audios but also automatically discards the commercials in between the tracks. Further more, it allows the user to personalize the recordings and create ringtones. It is simple to use and goes well with all leading music sites and radio stations.

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                                  Featured photo credit: music in my life/zeeque via flickr.com

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                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                  Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                  There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                  Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                  It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                  Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                  1. OmniFocus

                                  This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                  Download it here.

                                    2. Forest

                                    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                    Download it here.

                                      3. Things

                                      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                      Download it here.

                                        4. 30/30

                                        Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                        Download it here.

                                          5. Any.Do

                                          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                          Download it here.

                                            6. PocketLife Calendar

                                            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                            Download it here.

                                              7. Asana

                                              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                              Download it here.

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                                                8. ToDoist

                                                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  9. FlowTasks

                                                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    10. Calendars 5

                                                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        12. Due

                                                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          13. Checkmark 2

                                                          I use this app

                                                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            14. TeuxDeux

                                                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              15. Wunderlist 

                                                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                16. Nirvana

                                                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  17. Priorities

                                                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                    18. Productive

                                                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        20. Streaks

                                                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            22. Day One Journal

                                                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                              23. Evernote

                                                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                24. Pocket

                                                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    26. Droplr

                                                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          29. Soulver

                                                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                            30. Captio

                                                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              31. Drafts

                                                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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