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Top music streaming apps for Nigerians

What to like, what not to like and what it costs you.

Nigerian artistes
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There are so many music streaming apps to choose from these days, with their awesome subscription deals and love or hate user interfaces. Still trying to decide which music streaming app to camp with? Well, you’re not alone, the Talkabout team is here! 

Majority of the Music streaming apps may seem identical to each other but there are many subtle differences. We checked out various streaming apps available to Nigerians over the last couple of weeks.  Check out our findings below before decided which app deserves your money. 

Apple Music 

Apple music music streaming app

One of the biggest music streaming apps right now thanks to its integration into the Apple ecosystem. 

What we like 

  • One-click away for all Apple device users and a stand-alone app for android device users. 
  • Over 40 million tracks are available at your fingertips. 
  • The Beats 1 24/7 Radio station run by DJ Zane Lowe. Available on the free version.
  • A 3-month free trial. 
  • You can share your playlists with the world and listen to other people’s jams.

What we don’t like

  • The Algorithm is a hit or miss, awesome music selection today and a horrible one tomorrow. 
  • The $9.99 (N3600) monthly subscription seems a bit steep compared to the competition. 

Check it out here

UduX 

UduX music streaming app

The first Nigerian owned music streaming app. The streaming service already has a licensing agreement with Universal Media Group (UMG), Talkabout more music to jam to!

What we like 

  • The beautiful user interface with the tribal art inspired icons. 
  • Latest music videos available at your fingertips
  • A huge collection of Nigerian & International Music.
  • N500 monthly subscription

What we don’t like

  • The app still has a few bugs
  • Inability to share playlists to the world.
  • 14-day free trial. 
  • The app is only available on Android and iOS (Apple, Spotify & Deezer offer desktop versions) 

Check it out here

Boomplay

Boomplay music streaming app

Tecno mobile’s answer to the music streaming world. The Boomplay app was first launched in Nigeria in 2015. 

What we like

  • Music videos are also available for watching
  • One month free premium trial 
  • There is a free version
  • Large music catalogue of trending music 
  • Ability to win coins which can be used to pay for monthly subscriptions
  • The N500 monthly subscription

What we don’t like

  • The UI is too busy (Love or Hate)
  • Too many ads on the free version
  • The App is a bit invasive even when not in use. 

Check it out here

Deezer 

deezer music streaming app

The French music streaming service has been around for quite a while now, with their reach spanning over 180 countries. 

What we like 

  • Simple and colourful UI
  • Over 50 million licensed tracks
  • N1800 monthly subscription
  • The Flow music playlist made specifically for you based on the songs you listen to.
  • One month free premium trial. 

What we don’t like

  • The flow playlists can be hit or miss. 
  • The free version doesn’t allow more than 6 song skips on all albums and playlists per hour
  • The App sometimes looks like its lacking playlists. 

Check it out here

Audiomack 

Audiomack music streaming app

This is also an audio distribution platform that allows artists to upload their music and podcast to people around the world.

What we like

  • The N535 monthly subscription
  • A catalogue of some the latest and trending songs
  • The Web version looks really good

What we don’t like

  • The UI on the mobile app loos a bit confusing.
  • To really enjoy the app you have to get the paid version
  • The music library is not as large as that of Apple music
  • Too many ADs on the free version 
  • You’re on your own when it comes to playlists (Create them yourself). 

Check it out here

Soundcloud 

soundcloud music streaming app

If youtube was a music streaming platform (they have one now), it would be Soundcloud. Allowing anybody to upload music, podcasts, and more to their service. Soundcloud is great for upcoming artists or any musicians that are trying to get their music out there to begin building their fanbase.

What we like 

  • Easy to upload and share music
  • The mobile app is simple to use 
  • No paid subscriptions 
  • No ADs 
  • Analytics helps artists to know what the audience likes and dislikes. 

What we don’t like

  • A bit difficult to find songs that you like 
  • Playlists are a hit or miss unless your friend is a DJ.

Check it out here

Other honourable mentions include 

Spotify 

Amazon Music

Youtube Music 

Tidal 

Pandora

Sadly, these services are not fully available in Nigeria. 

Not an audiophile? Do you prefer movies? Check out our Netflix movie and tv show suggestions for the month of August

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