New story in Technology from Time: The 4 Best Smartphones for Music Lovers

While music may not technically be a “universe language,” it is the one language listened to by all. There are over 1,500 music genres today—rap, classical, rock, jazz, trap, hip-hop, house, new wave, vaperwave, charred death, nintendocore… and the list goes on. And if you’re like most people, you now probably listen to the majority of your music on your phone.

According to Park Associates, 68% of US smartphone owners stream music on a daily basis—and that’s just streaming. So whether you’re using apps like Spotify or Pandora, listening to the radio, or going old school and playing MP3s and FLAC files that you downloaded from the internet or converted from CDs, the music lover inside of you needs a capable phone to truly set it free.