Today, I will be looking at some music apps that I think everyone should have at least one or two of on their phone. These apps have proven to be very enjoyable while walking, working on some light homework, or helping me discover what song is playing on the radio.
I love being able to select my favorite music artist or band and listen to a customized station of their music and similar music while I am either walking, relaxing or working on some homework.
If you have never used Pandora on even your home computer, you are missing out. Pandora is a great little app that provides you with customized radio stations that are customized by artist or genre. Have a favorite music artist? Want to hear music similar to their music? Just create yourself a Pandora account, log in, and search for that artist. You will then be given a customized radio station that plays their music and music similar to their music. Plus, you can skip past songs you don’t want to hear or like or dislike songs so the station knows better what to play in the future.
Ever feel a little homesick for the town you grew up in? With TuneIn Radio, you can feel a little less homesick listening to that old favorite station you grew up listening to.
TuneIn Radio is a great source of radio stations across the country. It allows you to find your hometown radio station and listen to it anywhere you are. I love having the ability to listen to all the stations I used to like in my hometown and local stations. Plus, you can browse and discover radio stations you never knew about. Whether it be music, sports, news, or talk, you are guaranteed to have a huge array of radio station and podcast options.
Want music geared toward just working out? There’s an app for that thanks to Songza.
Songza is similar to Pandora, but takes the customizing option a step further. It allows you to find the right music based on the day and time of day it is. You can also explore customized stations by genre, activities, moods, decades, and culture. Some of the moods or activity options include music for cooking, unwinding after a long week, working out, waking up, studying, love and romance, and much more. After choosing the mood or activity you want music for, you can further choose an activity or genre, respectively. Songza will then give you a few options of stations that match that mood or activity.
Ever hear a song and you can’t quite remember who sings it? That’s what Shazam is there for.
Shazam is one of those apps that will amaze you by its smart capabilities. Ever find yourself in the car or at a bar and a song comes on that you like, but don’t know what song it is and wish you knew? Shazam solves that old problem instantly. Just “Touch to Shazam” on the app, hold your phone so it can listen to the song, and within seconds, you will be given the artist and song title. You will also be able to access the identified artist’s YouTube videos, song lyrics, artist biography, and concert and tour information. If that wasn’t cool enough, Shazam recently gained the ability to recognize what is playing on the TV. Just the way you would discover what song is playing, you can also discover what show or movie is playing on the TV. From there, Shazam will give you the music played in the program, celebrity buzz about the actors, cast information, the latest tweets by the program’s cast, and more. Shazam is one of those handy music discovery apps that really shows the potential and future of smartphones and their capabilities.
Do you have favorite music apps that weren’t mentioned here? Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite music apps!