Written by Cassie from Culture Coverage.
Let’s face it; if there’s not an app for it these days, then it’s probably not worth having. This is no different in the world of music. Whether you’re listening, making or streaming, there are numerous apps for everyone. However, in the realm of music videos, there isn’t actually as much choice on the market as you’d expect.
Music video streaming apps seem to pop up occasionally and quickly return to wherever they came from, but there are a few industry giants that have been able to last the long haul. These are five of the best music steaming services that allow you to access your favorite videos, no matter where you are.
What once started as a mere YouTube channel has now become so much more. The Vevo app not only provides you with highly quality video, it also keeps you updated about new releases from your favorite artists and creates bespoke suggestions for new things to listen to based on your past streaming history.
It’s free to download and available on both Android and iOS, so everyone can enjoy, and while it works on 3G and 4G, the manufactures recommend you stick to WiFi when possible for better quality. These means you’ll probably need invest in a well-reviewed VPN from Secure Thoughts to run alongside it to prevent internet lag and keep you safe on open networks. Doing this will also allow you to bypass geo-blocked content, as some of the videos aren’t available in certain regions.
Vidzone is by far one of the most comprehensive music video apps available. It offers over 100,000 videos, while still being easy to navigate by genre, artist or release date, so you can find new music that’s perfect for you. Furthermore, it’s compatible with nearly all devices and can seamlessly switch playback between your phone, tablet and smart TV.
The app allows you to create your own playlists, add favorites and queue videos, so you can create your own personalized music video channel no matter where you are. Similarly, regular updates mean you can always stay up-to-date with new releases from your favorite artists.
Everyone knows Tidal as the slightly misintended brainchild of Jay-Z. Whiled it’s initial release—comprising of some of the biggest names in the industry telling us how they don’t make enough money—fell on largely deaf ears, Tidal has begun to make a better name for itself.
With the exclusive release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” the platform has risen in popularity as a music video streaming site, and with increasingly more artists producing video albums, it looks to be one to watch. If you don’t want to invest in a full subscription, then the 30-day free trial can easily be re-used several times.
In a rather unique variation from the quintessential music streaming app, StreamToMe works by pairing itself with any computer running the free ServeToMe software and streaming files directly from it. This can be done over 3G or WiFi, so there are no limits on where you can access.
It covers nearly every file format and doesn’t require prior syncing, so it is easy and functional to use. Alongside this, it can also be integrated with your iTunes library and supports Airplay video. This app is a perfect way to play all your favorite music videos, but can also work great for film, TV and even audio!
At the end of the day, in terms of amount and variation, no streaming service will ever be able to beat YouTube as the number one music video app. Its clear advantage is the sheer amount of videos available, and even though it involves the occasional copyright infringement by the uploader, almost any music video can be found.
The YouTube app is free and can be used on most devices, so it’s easily accessible, and you can create your own playlists or simply form a queue of songs to be played. It’s also the go-to choice if you don’t want to deal with the censorship of swearing and inappropriate video content that comes with some of the other online streaming services.
Music video programming, such as the MTV and CMT of old, are becoming a thing of the past. Now we have to power to create personal playlists, showcasing all of our favorite videos, and stay in complete control of the music we watch. These apps are just a few of the many great options for streaming video, so if you know of another that you feel deserves to make the list, then be sure to leave a comment below!