7 Awesome Apps For Discovering Great Music
Without music, life can get pretty boring. But even with music, things can get repetitive if you’re listening to the same old thing, over and over again. Let’s be real here, discovering a new band or sound is a great way to break the monotonous Top 40 drudge we’re inundated with day in and day out on the radio. It’s time to change things up.
That’s why we here at App Chronicles want to help you find and discover music with your iOS devices as easily as possible. So in order to do that, we’re going to introduce you to seven apps that will help you discover new music and bands. Some of these you have probably heard of, and some of them will be just as new as the music they help you discover.
For what seemed like an eternity, US residents had to wait for access to the uberpopular music streaming service until it finally arrived on our soil this past year. Spotify gives you access to over 15 million different tracks, as well as the ability to wirelessly sync your own music to your iPhone through the app itself. You can build playlists, share what you’re listening to with your friends, and discover loads of new bands you never even knew existed.
It’s really a great service, and the iPhone/iPad app pairs wonderfully with the required desktop app, but there is a drawback. In order to get mobile capability, you have to pay for Spotify’s premium service, which runs at $9.99 a month. But for unlimited access to what is arguably the web’s greatest collection of streaming music, that might be a worthy price to pay.
There are generally two factions in the streaming music world right now: Spotify vs. Rdio. Before Spotify came to the States, we basically only had Rdio. Even with the former’s inevitable arrival, Rdio has stayed strong. It offers basically the same service as Spotify, with just around ten millions songs to stream and discover. Like Spotify, there is a subscription charge of $10 a month to listen on mobile devices. Another great feature between these two apps is that through the subscription service, you can listen to your playlists on either service while offline, which is a great asset to those of you who might hate keeping space available on their devices.
Have you ever heard a song somewhere and you just KNEW that you had heard it before, but couldn’t put your finger on it? Here’s where SoundHound comes to the rescue. It’s a free app which, when launched, will identify whatever song is playing for you. It will even identify songs you sing and hum to the app in any language! It gives you detailed information on the artist, the song, and oftentimes will include the lyrics. If you happen to like the song, SoundHoud will give the option to open it in the iTunes store and purchase it for your personal library.
By now, I’m sure you’ve already utilized the wonderful service that is Pandora on your desktop. Create a playlist based off a certain artist or sound that you like, and Pandora will continually stream you song after song with a similar taste. You can “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” each new song, thus fine-tuning a more user specific experience and playlist. Well, now you can do JUST that on your mobile device with the Pandora app.
The free version is ad-supported, but you can get rid of them with a $3.99 a month subscription.
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This next app, Soundtracking, is a great way to share with your friends “the soundtrack of your life.” Having a special moment brought on by a special song? This app allows you to share that with those who follow you within the app–as well as on Twitter, Foursquare, and on Facebook–what music-related moments are taking place in your life. You can add a picture of whatever it is you’re doing, and then a little snippet of the song with a caption and it will be uploaded to the app and your various social networks.
This is a great way to not only share what’s going on with you, but also see what’s going on in the lives of your friends and what music they’re listening to. Oh, and it’s free, which is always a plus.
6. Wall of Sound
Is access to 15 million songs not enough for you? How about 20? That’s what Wall of Sound will give you. Through this app, users are given a screen of images (tiles, actually) displaying every song available in the iTunes store for purchase. Each image will give the user a preview of the selected song, as well as the option to purchase it in the store if they so desire. If you already own the track, it will just play the whole song via the app.
With email and social networking sharing features as well as AirPlay and background play functionality, Wall Of Sound has it covered on the essential features front. Users in need of a random selection can just shake the iOS device to get a different bunch of tracks making it ideal for new inspiration. Costing zero money is another notch on this great app’s belt.
7. Discovr Music
Discovr Music is a $1.99 iPhone application that helps you do exactly what its name suggests. It works in a similar way to last.fm but instead of listing similar music acts, it displays suggestions graphically in interconnected webs.
Discovr allows you to see how the music you love might be connected with other artists. All you have to do is give the name of a band you love and the app will show you music that is similar to said band. All similar artists are drawn up and connected by web-like lines that you can navigate and create additionally similar groups of artists off of. Double tap on an artist to see additional information about them, listen to samples, and catch up on their latest news. If you find an artist you like, you can share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
While we’re sure that there are many other apps out there that help you discover music in countlessly unique ways, these are seven of the ones we enjoy best. Did we miss any of your favorites?