Of all the sights and sounds we see and hear during the festive season, Christmas music is one of the main things that really makes us feel Christmassy. We hear it everywhere we go around this time of year as radio stations play it 24⁄7, and why not? It is the soundtrack to the festive season; putting up a Christmas tree, swapping gifts and eating festive food just wouldn’t be the same without a few Christmas tunes playing in the background to keep us feeling Christmassy.
While we used to listen to Christmas music by putting on the Christmas music channels on the TV or the radio or by listening to old compilation CDs, the way we listen to music these days is very different. Nowadays we listen to music through our phones, both on the move with our headphones on or out loud at home through wireless speakers. This means that the way we want to listen to Christmas music these days is very different, too.
To help you get your groove on this Christmas, we’ve picked out the top music apps that you can download to your phone, to let you to listen to all of your festive favourites just the way you want to.
As it’s one of the most popular music apps in the world (it has a mind-blowing 83 million subscribers) chances are that you already have Spotify on your phone. If not, Christmas is the perfect time to download it.
Spotify is like a music encyclopaedia; its music library has over 30 million songs in it, including a massive collection of Christmas songs. Whether you’re in the mood for old classics like Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”, or modern anthems like those on Sia’s new Christmas album, you can find them all on Spotify.
Spotify normally uses the internet to stream your music, but on the premium version, you can download your favourite songs and playlists and listen to them offline when you’re out and about. So if you have no internet or you’re low on data, you can still use Spotify – how cool is that?
Spotify is available for free, although most people choose to pay for the ad-free version Spotify Premium, which is available for £9.99 per month.
If you’re looking for an app that just does Christmas music, then Christmas RADIO by BluMedialab will be the option for you. It gives you access to over 70 Christmas Radio stations, including popular stations such as Sky Radio Christmas, Santa Radio and North Pole Radio, which is great for kids as it is broadcast from the ‘North Pole’. You can choose from a variety of Christmas music categories, including stations that play Christmas classics, Christian Christmas music, Christmas rock or stations that play a bit of everything.
Some versions of the app even allow you to cast the station from the app to other smart devices in your home. So, if you don’t fancy listening to the station through a pair of headphones and would rather listen to it out loud with your mates, you can listen to it through a smart TV, games console or smart speaker.
Like Spotify, Christmas Radio is available for free, with an ad free version available for just over £1.50 per month, or just over £7.50 per year.
Christmas is also a great opportunity to try out YouTube’s new music app; YouTube Music, which was launched earlier this year.
YouTube Music is really easy to use; all you need to access it is a Google account. Then once you’ve logged in, you’re just one search away from finding your favourite music.
But what makes YouTube Music one of the best music apps available today? Well, YouTube Music does what YouTube does best – videos. YouTube Music isn’t just a music streaming service, you can access YouTube’s full catalogue of music videos, too, which lets you watch live music videos and live performances on it, which is really exciting. It is all integrated together, so you don’t have to switch to the main YouTube app as soon as you want to watch a music video. It also comes with a number of pre-made playlists just waiting to be enjoyed and there’s one for every occasion – including Christmas.
What is your favourite music app? Are there any others that are great for Christmas that you would recommend to fellow giffgaffers? Don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know.