Every year, more and more apps are added to a nearly endless collection of mobile apps out there. There are apps for weather, sports, news, animals, traveling, music, painting, art and a plethora of other topics that would take 1000 articles to cover.
We won’t go into the more obscure apps out there, but some of the most popular apps out there are Spotify, WhatsApp, and Netflix. But are these the only apps we can use for music, communication, traveling, dating and movies?
The Lumsing team decided to give our take on the best replacement apps out there for those popular apps that you just can’t seem to get rid of.
There is no denying that Spotify is the music streaming app! The second you say music and streaming together most people immediately say “I have Spotify,” so we won’t try to pretend that we don’t love and use Spotify, but there are alternatives out there.
Pandora is a music streaming service up there with the likes of Spotify and Last.Fm. It largely consists of themed stations, like “heavy metal,” “hip-hop,” “punk,” “hardcore” and all those other genres out there, but it does allow you to create playlists and it quickly figures out which type of bands and sounds you enjoy within any chosen genre so that the music it presents you becomes more and more specific with time. You are allowed to skip a limited number of songs per hour and the free version has ads, but you can pay 4 dollars a month for an ad-free version.
if you’re looking for a basic, low-cost music streaming up, then look no further than Pandora.
Who has WhatsApp? A better question would be “who doesn’t have WhatsApp?” It’s easily one of the most popular phone apps out there. Chances are you’ve even begun to exchange Whatsapp info with people instead of your actual phone number and other things. Anyway, it is easily one of the most useful apps, especially if you travel abroad often and need a way to stay in touch that isn’t as clunky as Skype but still allows you to talk to mom, dad, grandma, granddad, and family dog while you’re away.
It’s very hard to beat WhatsApp. It’s a simple app, but it does what it needs to do and not much else.
Wechat suffers the same basic problem that Whatsapp suffers from: if someone doesn’t have Wechat you cannot communicate with them via messenger, but it features a slew of awesome features that make it considerable, especially if you live in an area where it’s popular.
It has a “moments” feature where you can post pictures or videos (much like facebook status updates), Wechat call out feature which allows you to call a land line for pennies a minute.
It even features a what built-in payment system where you can pay for vendors and merchants that use Wechat. All in all, it’s a powerhouse of an app but there is one catch: it’s mostly popular in Asia, so if you live outside of Asia it isn’t nearly as popular as Whatsapp and you may have a hard time convincing your friends to come over to the dark side.
Netflix is the king of streaming videos. there is almost no conversation that involves streaming video that doesn’t eventually touch upon Netflix. While Netflix hasn’t totally cornered the market on streaming video they have come very close.
Whether it’s movies or tv shows it’s very hard to contend with Netflix impressively large collection of movies and videos.
Not to mention, Netflix’s original content has quite a cult following, it’s hard not to surf the web without reading rave reviews of “House of Cards,” “Daredevil” or “Stranger Things.” Netflix is here to stay–but that doesn’t mean we don’t have other options!
One of the biggest contenders for the streaming throne is Hulu. Hulu lacks the vast collection and award-winning original series that Netflix has, but Hulu has at least one strong unique boast it can make: it has the latest episodes of TV-shows up and ready to watch days after the episode airs.
While it’s hard to beat Netflix at the streaming game, HULU definitely has carved out its own niche and is a respectable alternative.
We didn’t want to overload you with choices this time, but we are really just scratching the surface when it comes to replacement apps. Tell us about your alternative apps that you use. There are some real hidden gems out there that we may have missed in our search!