10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Listening to Music

Dan Price 24-03-2017

When thinking about the Chromecast, most people will automatically picture themselves streaming video to their television 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV The Chromecast is arguably the best device currently on the market for anyone looking to cut the cord. And you'll definitely need these 10 apps to get you started. Read More .

But Chromecasts are about more than just video content. They can also stream music. The regular Chromecast you have plugged into your TV will work, but Google also sells a dedicated device called Chromecast Audio, which is designed specifically to turn your old “dumb” Hi-Fi into a Sonos-esque wireless speaker Sonos vs. Chromecast Audio: Which Is Best For You? A lot of people seem to think Sonos and Chromecast Audio are the same thing, but they wold be mistaken. While their core purpose might be the same, the differences between them are vast... Read More .

If you want to listen to music through your traditional Chromecast or Chromecast Audio, which apps should you be using? Here are our top 10 picks to help get you started.

1. YouTube Music

Given that YouTube is a Google company, it should come as no surprise to learn the YouTube Music app has been afforded seamless integration with the Chromecast.

Unlike the regular YouTube app, YouTube Music is specifically designed for listening to music and enjoying the accompanying videos.

As soon as you start playing one song, the music will never stop — it’ll give you an endless stream of your favorite genres. Even better, the app will run in the background of your mobile device, so your phone won’t be out of action while you listen.

2. Spotify

Spotify is the original music streaming app. Despite the disastrous update to its web player Everything Wrong With the New Spotify Web Player Did you know Spotify has now given its Web Player a makeover? Well, we say "upgrade," but this feels more like a downgrade. Here's why. Read More , Spotify is arguably still the best streaming service: it has the biggest selection of songs (almost 35 million) and the largest number of users (more than 100 million at the time of writing).


The mobile app will automatically recognize any Chromecasts on your local network, prompting you to connect via a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen.

3. Deezer

As Spotify continues to strip away features — often with only limited ways to get them back How to Restore the Best Features Spotify Has Removed Spotify may be the best music streaming service available, but it has shed a few features in recent years. Find out how to get the best lost features of Spotify back for good. Read More — many users have made the jump to Deezer instead.

Like Spotify, it offers music streaming on-demand. However, where it really shines is in its radio station offering; there are more than 30,000 to choose from.

The app is available in 180 countries. The basic premium package costs $9.99 per month.

4. Pandora

Pandora is a personalized internet radio station. The more time you spend using the app, the more it learns about your personal preferences This Smart Trick Keeps Your Pandora Stations Fresh Pandora is a great music service, but sometimes your stations get a little stale. Here's an easy way to improve them without any effort. Read More . Eventually, you’ll get a non-stop ad-free playlist packed with the songs you love.

And if you fancy a change of pace, don’t worry. It also offers hundreds of curated stations based on genres, artists, or countries.


Sadly, it’s only available in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

5. Google Play Music

Google Play Music is Spotify’s biggest rival Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music: Which Is Best? Here's our comparison of music streaming services Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music on price, quality, and catalog. Read More . Like YouTube Music, it’s an official Google product, so the app integrates with your Chromecast device seamlessly.

Google was a bit late to the music streaming party, but its service has rapidly closed the gap to Spotify. Aside from the vast choice of songs, its best feature is the 50,000-song upload limit. Even non-subscribers can take advantage and listen to any of their locally-saved tracks from anywhere in the world.

6. TuneIn Radio

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have TuneIn Radio installed on their phone. It’s been around since 2002 and now offers more than 100,000 radio stations from around the globe.

AM, FM, HD, LP, digital, and internet broadcasts are all supported, and it also includes a small selection of the world’s most popular podcasts.

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn even has deals in place with ESPN and TalkSPORT, meaning users can even listen to sports broadcasts that would ordinarily be geo-blocked.

7. Tidal

Tidal was founded in 2009 but was given a reboot in 2015 when rap superstar Jay-Z and a consortium of 16 other music artists bought the company.

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8. 8tracks

8tracks is filling the hole left by Spotify when it decided to remove social features from its product.

The app revolves around user-generated playlists, each of which must have at least eight tracks on it. Users can add songs from their personal music collection or from 8tracks’ library. The app reveals one song at a time, thus frequently forcing you to discover new music. You need to skip three songs before you can jump onto the next playlist.


If you want to remove the ads, a six-month subscription will set you back $25.

9. Qello Concerts

Although some of the streaming apps I’ve discussed offer a few concerts and live songs, Qello Concerts puts these front and center.

Qello’s stated aim is to help you relive (or experience for the first time) some of the most influential, iconic, and important concerts in music history.

Best of all, it doesn’t just offer audio; some concerts have an accompanying video of the event. There are even some documentaries, letting you learn the backstory to the audio you just listened to.

Qello Concerts costs $7.99 per month.

10. Musixmatch Lyrics

Do you want to turn your lounge into a karaoke bar? Then you need to download Musixmatch Lyrics.

It works with YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Deezer, and more. It automatically casts a song’s lyrics onto your TV screen so you can sing along in perfect harmony. Or not.

Interestingly, it can also translate lyrics from foreign songs, letting you finally understand the meaning of that regional Mexican ballad you love so much.

Which Apps Do You Use With Your Chromecast?

In this article we have listed our 10 favorite apps for listening to music on your Chromecast, but there are loads of other things you can do with the device, including play mobile games on your Chromecast.

Do you prefer podcast apps rather than streaming apps? Have you found an excellent radio app that everyone should know about? Do you feel like one of these apps doesn’t deserve its place on the list? Please leave your suggestions, feedback, and recommendations in the comments below.

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Related topics: Chromecast, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube.

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  1. Josh
    December 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I'm using the Sony music App.

  2. Mike
    June 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for the information.

    I am not currently living in the US . so I am a little limited in getting a few apps.
    For example, I cannot get youtube music or Pandora.
    I cannot get music from Amazon because I am not living in the United States for the moment.
    I do have google home mini and two chromecasts, ( not audio chromecast)
    Is there any other source of good quality sound music that I can get with out paying? Some apps do not accept payment from other countries.

    December 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Shuttle music player for local files
    Antenna Pod for podcast
    Spotify for streaming

  4. CindyPsych
    October 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Musixmatch will work with Chromecast when you're playing your own music. However, if you're trying to play from YouTube, etc. it does not work with Chromecast. On Windows it only works with Spotify or iTunes. Likewise on Android and iOS. The help is minimal, to say the least, and they don't seem to respond to user questions on their Community. Very disappointing.

  5. Sesma
    March 27, 2017 at 2:15 am


  6. Med
    March 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Liquidplayer free is another one