Considering smartphones now consist of almost everything you could ever need in day-to-day life, including portable music, it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of music apps available these days. Of course, there are different apps available depending on which store you have access to, but many of the operating system-exclusive apps tend to have comparable competitors on the other stores.
From apps that allow you to listen to any music or radio station you want, to apps that make it easy for you to make your own music – everything is just a tap away. Alas, with so many to choose from, how are you supposed to know which ones are the best? Well, we thought we’d take a look into the world of music-related apps to help you out! Here are the best ones in our opinion:
The Voice UK
Talent shows are a huge part of British culture, which is why so many people tune into programmes like The Voice, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent every week, and also why so many companion apps and games have thrived over the years. Even the iGaming industry has managed to capitalize on the niche, with slots like Playtech’s Britain’s Got Talent Superstar at Fabulous Bingo allowing users to interact with their favourite shows in entirely new ways. Fittingly, many iGaming operators also have their own apps so you can play these games on the go.
Still, when it comes to apps that allow you to immerse yourself completely in your favourite music-based talent shows, The Voice is our pick. By using the app, you can vote for your favourite contestant, keep up with all of the backstage gossip and re-watch all of the most recent performances. What truly makes this app stand out, though, is its gaming elements as users can earn points and collect badges to prove they are a super-fan of The Voice.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android.
When it comes to music streaming services, few can compete with the industry-defining platform that is Spotify. Although Pandora Radio undoubtedly revolutionized how we consume and create digital music, in its current state it simply does not hold up against its younger competitor Spotify.
Firstly, Spotify has a significantly larger music library consisting of around 20 million songs, while Pandora has access to just one million. Plus, there’s brand new music for Spotify’s 15 million paying customers and 60 million active subscribers each week. You can also follow artists and share what you’re listening to over a variety of platforms all from the Spotify smartphone or desktop apps, both of which have very sleek interfaces.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone.
Although many smartphones with up-to-date software such as Siri enable you to find a song quite swiftly, Shazam has a lot to offer that inbuilt features are yet to provide. Shazam has been so popular that record companies have apparently been using it for years to help identify which songs will become hits in the future. We don’t know about you but we think that’s pretty impressive.
Basically, the classic Shazam app ‘listens’ to a song you are unsure about and will let you know what that track is and whom it is by. You can then share the song you’ve discovered, watch the music video if it is on YouTube, find tour date information, take a look at the artist’s discography, read the lyrics, read reviews and even create a Pandora station around the artist. We guess that’s one point to Pandora after all.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows 8 tablets, Windows Phone.
Unlike more industry-based platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud is home to a massive amount of homemade, homegrown audio of all kinds. From aspiring musicians to up-and-coming podcasters there is no end to the content you can listen to on SoundCloud. In fact, over ten hours of audio is uploaded to SoundCloud every minute, which basically ensures that there will be something you enjoy.
As for the app itself, you can easily search for and discover new artists, create playlists and customize streams featuring your favourite tunes to share with friends and followers. Specific devices will also allow users to record and upload content straight from their smartphone using the app, which is a big advantage if you are trying to get your stuff out there.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry.
There you have it – four of the best music apps available for your smartphone! Whether you enjoy listening to new music, bopping along to your old favourites or creating your own classics, these apps are sure to provide you with everything you could ever need.