As drivers, you have a lot of time to listen to your favorite tunes, radio programs, podcasts or audiobooks. With Bluetooth and other audio technological advances, there are millions of options for audio entertainment.
What Do You Listen To?
Is self-help your thing? Sermons? Sports? Symphonies?
There are so many listening options for truck drivers. However you like to pass your time while driving (or simply sitting at home), there is a music app for you.
How Do You Listen?
When you’re trekking across the country, it can be challenging maintaining a good radio signal. Music apps have become more and more popular among truck drivers. Here are a few of the options. There is sure to be an app that meets your listening (and budget-related) needs!
Cost: $0 for Spotify Free; $9.99 per month for Premium; $14.99 per month for a family subscription (up to 6 people)
Pros and Cons: While you can get Spotify for free, you’ll have to listen through ads, have limited skips and on-demand song selection on smartphones. Those who want to listen to nearly any song they can think of — or like the versatility of listening to pre-made playlists — will enjoy what Spotify Premium has to offer. You can also listen to podcasts on Spotify. New users can try Spotify Premium free for one month.
Cost: $9.99 per month; $14.99 per month for a family subscription (up to 6 people)
Pros and Cons: Apple Music is a great option for those who have extensive iTunes libraries as it’s easy to sync. Like Spotify, you can access about any song you want as well as listen to curated playlists. You can try Apple Music free for 3 months.
Cost: $0 for ad-supported version; $10 per month for ad-free option
Pros and Cons: You can upload up to 50,o00 of your own audio files to Google’s servers and stream them from the Google Play app. You can also listen to Google’s own 40-million-song library.
Cost: $0 with ads; $5 per month without ads; $10 per month for ad-free radio and on-demand library
Pros and Cons: Pandora is an especially good choice for those who love listening to live radio stations in addition to having access to songs.
Cost: Prime Music is included with Prime membership; $8 per month for Music Unlimited for Prime members or $10 per month for non-members
Pros and Cons: You can get ad-free, on-demand music from either Amazon option. Access 50 million songs as well as pre-created playlists and personalized stations. If you have Alexa devices, you can easily sync up your Prime Music and access special features.
When it comes to podcasts, there are a number of free options. iPhone users often choose the Apple Podcasts app that comes on their phone; Android users can choose Google Podcasts. You can also look into apps like Pocket Casts, Overcast, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and Downcast depending on your specific needs.
Let us know your favorite truck driving soundtrack! We will compile your ideas and give some recommendations in a future post.