Looking for the best streaming music apps for Android TV? Check out these these great options for the NVIDIA SHIELD streaming media player:
Pandora is a free radio streaming service that integrates across all your devices: TVs, streaming media players, web browsers, mobile devices, and even cars!
Boasting a refreshed UI that’s been optimized for the living room environment, start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres, or composers and it does the rest. There are even comedy channels.
Now with voice-enabled search, Pandora is smart: It learns what you like to listen to. “Thumbs up” tells Pandora, “Give me more of that!” while “Thumbs down” indicates it’s not your style. And it’s easy to go back and change your mind in your “Thumb History.”
Like to sing along? You can also get lyrics by clicking on the “full lyrics” link.
It’s easy to create and share your own personalized radio stations that play only your favorite music or comedians.
Pandora now has an updated Browse section with personalized and mood genre station recommendations and you can create up to 100 personalized radio stations with a free account. You can also share what you’re playing on Facebook and Twitter or find people listening to the same channel or piece. If you find someone with great taste in music, you can follow them and cash in on their choices. Right now there’s a limited time offer where SHIELD users can get 30 days of Pandora plus for free.
With the new Spotify Android TV app, users can experience both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium on SHIELD. Music can be browsed or searched by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label and you can even browse your “curated” playlists, albums and tracks, from the comfort of your couch when streaming on SHIELD. In addition to the SHIELD remote or controller, users can also use Spotify connect, which lets you control the music from your mobile device. We’re partial to the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1.”
Google Play Music is a subscription-based service that provides unlimited streaming from your web browser and any Android device. You can create custom radio stations and, if the lineup doesn’t suit your taste, you get unlimited song skips with no ads!
All your music activity is stored on the cloud, so your playlists will show up on all devices. The app also lets you store music on your device to listen offline.
You can upload 50,000 of your own songs to Google Play Music for free. And you can share your purchases with friends on Google+.
Google will help you find new artists through the Listen Now feature, which gives recommendations based on your listening history.
You’ll never run out—they have 20 million songs to choose from.
The Vevo app allows you to pick your level of control—you can search for specific songs, entire playlists, or simply tune in to one of three 24/7 Vevo TV channels.
Another highlight is Vevo-exclusive content and recordings of live concert performances. You can browse by genres, create playlists, and share videos to Facebook and Twitter. With your login, you can browse on your TV, mobile phones, tablets, and web browsers.
Think of Pluto.TV as television’s alternate universe. There are over 100 channels full of video clips of all genres—music, news, TV episodes, and viral videos from the internet. There’s even a 24/7 cats channel.
Music channels available on Pluto.TV include generic ones like Top 40, EDM, or Love Songs as well as artist-specific channels like Rihanna, Kanye West, and Dr Dre.
You’ll receive notifications every time a music channel you follow posts new content, and you can stream music on-demand if none of the curated channels piques your interest.
With YouTube, you can get the party started with an ever-growing collection of music videos and livestreams from all over the world. You can subscribe to channels, build playlists and a “Watch Later” list, and browse music organized by genre.
Use voice search to find your favorite music videos. Or pair your smartphone or tablet to the TV’s YouTube app.
If you have a library of music stored on a hard drive or network, then you’ll need a music streaming app like Kodi media center. Formerly known as XBMC Media Center, Kodi is a media player and entertainment hub for digital media for home theater PCs.
Kodi supports all major music file formats, integrating them into a flexible user interface with tagging support and smart playlists. The interface also lets you to create your own customized look or pick a community-created skin.
You can also download community-created add-ons like lyrics and radio stations through Kodi’s open-source platform.
iHeartRadio is a free digital radio service bringing you everything from 1,500 local AM and FM radio stations across North America to custom music stations featuring artists and songs you choose.
There are over 18 million songs and nearly half a million artists to choose from, and you can give songs a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to customize stations to your preference. Ad-free, custom stations are tailored to your tastes based on listening history and preferences.
Even when you have to walk away from your NVIDIA SHIELD, you can listen to iHeartRadio on your Android Wear devices or in a car with Android Auto!
TuneIn Radio is a live radio streaming service, hosting over 100,000 radio stations from around the world—for free.
TuneIn Radio has the largest selection of free radio content—their assortment lets you stream music live from your local stations as well as other cities and countries.
You can share songs you like on social media sites and follow stations and specific programs you enjoy. The app creates a personalized live feed of your favorite stations, too, so you can easily switch among your preferred programs.
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