There has to be like a zillion of music streaming apps that you can find on Google Play and the App Store nowadays, but not all of them are genuine and licensed.
Some of the famous ones are, of course – Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora, SoundCloud or even Tidal – but not all of these apps will have your favourite Asian songs!
Maybe you can find the more popular songs from popular Asian artistes and groups like Jay Chou, Jacky Cheung, Big Bang, AKB48, Girls Generation, but then it’s always much harder to find some of their less famous songs, or songs from indie Asian artistes.
Here we would like to suggest some top five music streaming apps from Asia that you can download from both Google Play and the App Store so you can get a vast Asian music library to listen to!
Taiwan-based KKbox is probably the most famous Asian music streaming service that you can find out there. It is said to be the Asian version of Spotify with support from more than 500 international major and local independent music labels. The app has more 10 million users and a library of over 20 million songs. Also, the app is available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
2. QQ Music
QQ Music is a music streaming app under Tencent QQ, an instant messaging software service developed by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited, the company which developed WeChat. The app is known for their user-friendly qualities and has over 700 million users. However, the app is fully in the Chinese language and has millions of popular tracks mainly from China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and also some popular ones from America.
Soliton is Hong Kong’s multi-functional music streaming platform which boasts a library of over 1.7 million songs from artistes around the world including the locals, Japanese, Koreans and also those from the international scene. Soliton is slightly different from other music streaming services because it has a voice recognition function which allows users to read out the lyrics, song titles or artiste’s names when searching for songs.
Raku (Radio Ku) is Malaysia’s very own music and online radio streaming service which provides access to millions of international and local songs, podcasts, as well as localised content such as comedy, news, sports and traffic updates from all around the world. The app allows its users to stream songs, videos and listen to more than 20 radio stations in Malaysia. The app is sort of like the U.K.’s Last.fm where it focuses more on online radio services.
JOOX is Tencent’s latest online music streaming service which has Malaysia as its second market after its worldwide debut in Hong Kong. The multi-language music streaming app has customised playlist that connects music lovers with current trends, issues and cultures locally and internationally. The app is available in three user interfaces and content selections: Melayu Hits, Chinese Hits and International, and has an extensive library of local and global music from across Malaysia, Asia and International markets.