Ten Best Music Apps on Your Smartphone - The New Indian Express

Ten Best Music Apps on Your Smartphone

Published: 28th January 2014 08:26 PM

Last Updated: 30th January 2014 06:47 PM

Music was more or less a stationery experience, until the walkman and the iPod arrived on the scene. Today it’s all about apps transforming the experience. Be it the default iOS Music app or Google’s Play Music for Android, both the platforms offer alternatives that build from the basics. Some focus on discovering music, while others emphasize on features like lyrics and adjusting sound. Google has the advantage of free cloud storage.  

Here are the top 10 apps that make your smartphone or tablet a portable jukebox:

1. Spotify: The Spotify premium version that is available at $9.99 (Rs 625.87) per month excludes ads and allows users to listen to music offline. It also allows wireless syncing of any user’s personal music collection. You can view what your friends are listening to and also share music with other subscribers via Facebook.

2. Pandora: This app allows users to listen to various radio channels, that they ‘create’ on their phone; depending on their favourite song or artists. The type of song that you are listening to, can be modified by hitting the ‘thumbs-up’ or thumbs-down’ button for each of the tunes. There is a cap on music every month, i.e. nearly 40 hours. The user can listen to ad-free music by paying an annual subscription of $36 (Rs 2255.40).

3. Shazam: Listening to some great music? Want to find out who the artist is and what is the song called? This app helps you find out. Not just songs, Shazam, also helps you identify TV shows or commercials. All you need to do is hold up your device and select the app. The app is free, but if you want to get rid of the ads then the in-app upgrade worth $6.99 (Rs 437.92) removes the banner ads.

4. Poweramp: This app focuses exclusively on the sound quality of the song. The file format support system on this is quite good. It includes OGG and lossless formats such as FLAC and APE. There is a 10-band graphic equalizer, stereo expansion and bass/treble controls that allow you to make changes according to what suits your ear. Poweramp is available at $ 3.99 (Rs 249.97) on your Android phone.

5. Grooveshark: This app is a little similar to Spotify Premium in certain ways. A user can listen to any song from its library for free. Grooveshark is free except a few banner ads that can be easily ignored. To access this app, simply visit grooveshark.com

6. Amazon Cloud Player: With the help of this app, you can store your music collection on a cloud and later stream it into your device. The user can listen to local files on the device with Amazon Cloud Player. All the Amazon MP3 purchases are automatically added to the storage cloud. The first 250 songs are free. On a subscription of $ 24.99 (Rs 1565.62) per year, the user can get access to nearly 250,000 songs.

7. Songza: This app is free on your iOS, Android and Kindle. This app picks for you, the kind of songs you would like listening to depending on the time of the day. There are different categories like – Taking the day off, Getting Fired up, Keeping Calm and Mellow, Travelling the world etc. Selecting any one of these will provide you with that kind of music. Additionally, you can save the list and share it via Facebook, Twitter and email.

8. N7 Player: This app is an Android music player that showcases your music collection in the form of a grid with respective album covers. The user can zoom in or zoom out of the grids. Any particular song can be viewed as a tag cloud that changes from text to a cover image, when the user is zooming in. If you are a sound quality freak , then features like a five-band EQ and SRS/Dolby virtual surround sound and support for formats like OGG and FLAC make it all the more attractive.

9. Lagu: The app allows the user to queue up five songs. But if you want an unlimited queue, then the premium version can be unlocked for $1.99 (Rs 124.67). Lagu also has inbuilt features such as lyrics support, automatic artwork downloads, Last.fm scrobbling, and autoposting to Facebook and Twitter.

10. Google Music: Does your playlist eat into the space on your smartphone? This app might have the solution as it provides for cloud storage. The app stores nearly 20,000 songs for free, which iPhone users can access by visiting music.google.com on their phones. From there, the songs can be streamed into the device.


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