Summer is coming, and with long, lazy days comes long hours of listening to music. Whether you're taking a road trip or hanging out in your room, music is a summer essential. Rather than paying for songs on iTunes or searching for them on YouTube, here are a few great free music apps for every situation. From looking for the craziest remix to needing a playlist for a barbecue, these apps are sure to make your summer, and any occasion, louder and better.
This is the perfect app for remix lovers. Literally any song you can think of will most likely have a remix or mashup on SoundCloud. This app is great when you're looking for a specific song to listen to or want a fresh cover from an unknown artist. You can follow DJs and artists to hear their own remixes or previews of their new songs. You also can follow your friends to see what they've "liked" in their playlists. After adding any songs to a playlist, you can listen to specific ones with unlimited skips. The app recently introduced ads, but they only appear every five or so songs.
Best for … music hipsters.
If you're in love with a full album, or have a unique playlist that combines Kanye and One Direction, Spotify is perfect for you. You can make any playlist your heart desires and listen for free, although the ads are a little obnoxious. Spotify is better on computers because you can listen to specific songs in playlists without paying for the premium version. On smartphones, you can only shuffle playlists, so make them wisely! You also can add full albums, browse playlists or genres and follow friends to listen to their playlists.
Best for … music blaring road trips.
This is great for those of us who aren't as good at finding the perfect songs for a playlist or are just too lazy to create one. 8tracks allows you to choose tags, which can be anything from Indie to Sleep to Harry Potter. The tags take you to any playlist that uses your tag and has at least eight tracks. You can like a playlist to listen to it again or favorite a track. By favoriting a track, the app will direct you to listen to it through SoundCloud or YouTube. To create your own playlist, you have to use 8tracks.com and create it on your computer, but there are already plenty of playlists on the app to jam to.
Best for … playlist hunters.
If you don't even feel like searching through tons of playlists for the right one, try Songza. This app focuses on the day and mood to bring you your perfect playlist. For example, if it's Monday, you can choose from Boosting Your Energy to Taking the Day Off. From there, you'll pick a genre you like and then choose between three playlists that match your mood and time of day. If none of the daily activities spark your interest, you can search genres, activities, moods and decades to find the right playlist, then favorite it for future reference.
Best for … lazy listeners.