Audiophiles regularly lament their disapproval with music players. The algorithm-based system of Pandora lacks a human element when selecting tracks to play. On the other end of the extreme are streaming apps such as Live365 and Songza, which rarely allow outside influence when listening to someone’s pre-programmed station. Spotify playlists are at the mercy of their creators and ⎯ let’s be honest ⎯ sometimes our friends and favorite media sites don’t have the best taste in music!
Can a balance between being controllable and being out of the box exist for music discovery? Shuffler.fm thinks so. It uses blogs, one of the digital era’s most prevalent tools for music experts, to guide listeners to new music. But is Shuffler.fm’s in-the-know curation method enough to keep listeners tuned in? Find out after the jump.
When it comes to app functionality, I find that there’s a great debate between some iPhone users. On one side, you find users that enjoy apps that are packed full of features; so many features in fact, that it’s sometimes hard to wrap your head around how many are available for use. Other users insist that apps with a sole functionality (or a minimal amount of features) are better because the app’s developer can focus solely on getting that function right, which leads to a better user experience.
In terms of music players, it’s safe to say that the first-party Music app doesn’t provide a laundry list of features, but instead provides the core functionality needed to play music (although it is a tad dull). On the other hand, you have third-party music players like Groove 2, which is teeming with features. But for those that want a music player that has a good amount of features, and is bundled with a gorgeous interface, I find Ecoute to be a suitable choice. Find out why after the jump. (more…)
Music is one of mobile’s most competitive sectors. Consumers enter into the fray the minute they purchase an iOS device, with iTunes serving as their initial music player. But no matter how good your collection may be, inevitably it will become stale. That’s when you’ll start seeking out a way to get exposed to new music and where the real battle for your attention begins.
OneTuner Pro hopes to become your favorite music-discovery app by streaming stations broadcast in about 75 different languages from more than 180 countries. With the added 60-plus genres of music and talk available, along with a personalized social media news feed, OneTuner Pro warrants some exploration. (more…)
Those of us with large music libraries know how much of a pain it can be to choose what to listen to. Sometimes there’s no time to make a decent playlist; other times you simply don’t even know where to start. While the basic music app on the iPhone is efficient and easily sorts your music, it doesn’t do a good job presenting your music to you when you don’t know what to listen to.
However, in all the areas the default music app is lacking, Groove 2 shines. Featuring intuitive gesture controls and a robust playlist generator, it’s an excellent choice for any music enthusiast. (more…)
Music has been a factor which has helped move forward the technology industry. The ability to listen to music while on the go, gave Apple the desire to make a better portable music player. Today, music is leaning toward streaming. This makes more sense in today’s time. A lot of users probably already use Rdio or Spotify to satisfy their streaming needs, but there are times when I do not want to do the work. Sometimes I don’t feel like building a playlist or constantly searching for the next song to listen to. For times like these, I rely on Songza.
Songza is a music streaming service but with a twist. You cannot search for a specific song and play it, and you cannot build a playlist, but you can tell the service what type of mood you are in and it will play the most appropriate music. Go download Songza, select reading as an activity and enjoy the rest of this post with some accompanying reading music. (more…)
Whenever someone talks about Apple, it’s almost unavoidable that the conversation will turn to Microsoft at one point or the other. Usually, features and benefits are compared and the design aspects of the Redwood company are being stacked unfavorably against Apple aesthetics. Being an Apple fangirl, I have to admit that I also wasn’t too impressed when one of my colleagues showed me the new Metro interface on his smartphone.
But then something made me reconsider: an app that suddenly appeared on the App Store, named Track 8. Just another music player, I thought. But when I saw the interface, I just had to try it. I mean, how often do you get the chance to run a Metro styled app on your iPhone or iPad? (more…)
The way in which we listen to music in vehicles has changed quite a bit over the past 60 years. For the longest time, radio was the only way of to jam to your favorite tunes, but the invention of the 8-track, cassette and compact disc revolutionized people’s ability to listen to music they wanted to on-demand. Nowadays, the majority of new cars feature an auxiliary port (or USB port) that allows you to connect your iPhone (or other music playing device) so that you can listen to any of the hundreds or thousands of songs you have saved.
However, one of the big dangers of using your iPhone to play music while driving is the distraction it causes by making you focus on your device instead of on the road. To help make it a bit safer to drive and control your tunes at the same time, developer Ryan Oksenhorn created CarTunes, a gesture based music player for your iPhone. Find out more after the jump.
AppStorm does not condone any activity that distracts a driver from the responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle. While CarTunes does aim to make it safer to control your iPhone while driving, it’s important that you always follow state laws when using your cell phone while driving.
Think back to when you got your first iPhone. What were initial 10 apps you downloaded? I bet most of you downloaded Twitter, Angry Birds, Pandora, Doodle Jump and/or Evernote. What do each of these apps have in common? They were initial inductees into Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame in 2010.
Another app you probably downloaded, and was also an initial Hall of Fame inductee, is Shazam. Since its release in July 2008, Shazam has been a must-have app, granting users the ability to easily identify songs and artists. Shazam recently released version 5.0, which included some new features that are sure to delight its millions of users. Join me after the jump as I take a closer look at these new features (and more). (more…)
Last June, our own Marie Look introduced readers to Songkick, an app that lets you “create a personalized concert calendar for you, based on your music and your city, and tracks your favorite artists so you never miss an opportunity to see them perform live.” As a longtime user of Songkick, I can attest that the app lives up to that description and has done a good job of helping me find, and notifying me of, nearby concerts.
Songkick has remained nearly unopposed in this category of app since it’s release last June, that is until this past February when Samuel Vermette released Shows. It’s been said that competition breeds excellence, and “excellence” is one word I’d use to describe this app. Find out what other words I’ll use after the jump. (more…)
One of the flagship features on these iDevices is the music-playing capabilities. Of course, if you listen to music as much as I do, you will be on the constant search for some new tunes. This is where Discovr Music comes into the picture. This nifty little application allows you to find new music literally in a tap.
Let’s dive into it after the jump. (more…)