Top Music Apps
One of the million benefits of having a smart phone is having music on the go, whenever you want, wherever you are. Sure, your phone probably came with a preloaded music player, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t want to download a better one. Not only that, but after listening to all those tracks you might get inspired and decide to write a few tunes of your own. So we’re here with a definitive list of the best music apps around, whether you want to listen, discover, store or make music, we’ve got you covered.
Okay, we’re going to start the list with the two big ones, and this is the first. iTunes might be an obvious choice, but for many it’s the only choice. Free and preloaded onto Apple devices, iTunes has the benefit of having literally millions of tracks to choose from. You can download new music, preview free tracks, or simply use the app to access your own stored albums from your iTunes account. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Google Play Music
And this is the other obvious choice. If you’ve got an Android device then the free Google Play Music App is basically your version of iTunes. Again you can choose to buy tracks from the millions of available options, or you can use the app to access your own stored music. You can build custom playlists, just like with iTunes, but you can also access radio stations and get recommendations based on your listening history. Google Play Music is a no brainer for the Android crowd.
Songza is a neat little app, especially if you don’t have a huge collection of your own music. The app has a long list of customised streaming music stations to choose from. But it’s not just a question of scrolling through a list and choosing the station you want- Songza is much smarter than that. Instead you choose a mood, a genre or an activity (like working out or driving home) as well as a time of day, and Songza gives you the station that’s right for whatever you’re doing. If you’re sick of trying to clean the house to light jazz (disco is definitely better for cleaning, right?) then Songza is the way to go. It’s free and available for iOS, Android and Windows.
True music lovers will love Songkick Concerts. The idea is simple and elegant. Songkick Concerts scans through your music collection to see which artists and genres you like. Then, when a band or artist you might be interested in announces a concert within a pre-chosen distance of your GPS co ordinates, the app alerts you and tells you how to get hold of tickets. How awesome is that? You’ll never miss a concert again. The app is free and available for both Android and iOS.
Want to play a little music but don’t know how? Let Magic Piano help you. With millions of tracks to choose from (everything from Bruno Mars to classics) this little app lets you touch your screen to make music. All you need to do is choose a song then follow the beams of light on your phone’s display. Making music doesn’t get much easier than this, and Magic Piano is free too. Available for iOS and Android.
DJ Studio 5
Maybe you’re more of a DJ than a musician, in which case DJ Studio 5 is a must have app. Use your existing music collection and scratch, loop, mix and remix until you’ve got something fantastic. Once you’re satisfied you can even upload your new tracks to Soundcloud so everyone else can hear them too. DJ Studio 5 is free, but it’s Android only.
If you’re more of a visual person then Vevo might be your cup of tea. Since MTV apparently no longer shows music videos, Vevo has filled the gap. With tons of music videos to choose from (most in HD), you can randomise, build playlists, watch your favourite artist, or even stream live musical performances. Vevo is perfect for video lovers, and takes the pain out of surfing the net finding something to watch. It’s also free and available for Windows, Android and iOS.
We’ll be honest and say that we love TuneIn Radio. In essence this is a radio app, and you can pick up most of your local stations to get the news, weather and traffic if that’s what you’re looking for. But it’s so much more than that. With access to over 100,000 radio stations across the globe, you can spend hours listening to music from anywhere you want, from Morocco to Russia, just take your pick. TuneIn Radio is free and available for Windows, Android and iOS.
GarageBand is a mainstay of the Apple app collection, and the mobile version is almost identical to the desktop or tablet version. You can loop instruments, add beats, change rhythms, do anything you need to create an awesome track. And it’s all intuitive and easy to use. GarageBand is iOS only though, but the mobile app is free.
Spotify is the king of mobile streaming apps, and that means that out of the handful of choices that you have, Spotify simply has more music options. Stream albums, tracks, or build playlists, choose music by mood or genre or artist. Spotify gives you access to literally millions of tracks. The app itself is free and available for Windows, iOS and Android. But do be aware that you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee for the service, with the amount depending on what you want and how often you want to be billed.
If you don’t fancy paying for a subscription streaming service, then newcomer Rdio might be more to your taste. You can stream from a selection of over twenty million tracks, including new releases and classic rock hits, and you can build playlists with friends too, so you and your buddies are all listening to the same thing. Plus, Rdio lets you follow certain artists, so you’ll be the first to know when a new track is released. Rdio is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows.
With so many different music apps to choose from, you might find that you forget to use your phone for anything else!