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There are a variety of factors that makes any app worthwhile, and this may be especially true of apps that relate to music since bad sound quality and buffering, for example, can be almost as annoying as someone scratching a chalkboard. As usual, droid lovers and iOS fans can appreciate this list equally. So far, every app listed on here has a free version. The main topic that won’t be covered in this post is music creation apps. This won’t be some long exhausting list because it would almost make it seem like this article is repeating itself – there are enough unique apps out there but some developers seem to want to reinvent the wheel.
Not long ago, I contacted Rdio on Twitter to see if you can download music for offline usage.
@Rdio then tweeted back telling me that yes, you can. @RdioHelp then gave me a more detailed answer with a link confirming that you can.
Rdio being helpful on Twitter.
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With GrooveShark, whether you’re using its mobile versions or just through a browser on your computer, is probably the best way to listen to music for free. This is because you can look up any song, artist, or album and stream it without an account (PC version.) With a mobile device you can stream unlimited songs for free if you’re willing to put up with some advertisements (an account is needed). Last.fm is excellent for music discovery, but doesn’t let you play exactly what you want, when you want it. One of the cons of GrooveShark is that it relies on users to upload music, so its possible though usually unlikely that accuracy and quality aren’t optimal.
SoundHound (free, ad supported and paid versions both available) Want to identify any song that’s playing in the background? How would you like to hum or sing a song you’d like to know the name of? SoundHound does all of that. There may be times when too much background noise won’t permit it to check the database for a title and artist match of the song playing, but only if other noise is truly excessive. Easily share through connected social networks, see live lyrics as the song is playing, and there’s a link for easily purchasing the song that’s playing for your own use.
SoundHound on iTunes SoundHound for Android
The Crowdstream website describes the app perfectly, and it is a perfect social app for music fans. Check in at shows, take photos and comment on them, view the stream to a show you can’t make it to (go to their site to read more details.)
TuneIn Radio lets you listen to over 70,000 radio stations worldwide. Do you miss a radio station that you no longer live close to? TuneIn has you covered whether its music, news, politics or any kind of topic or known radio host that you want to listen to. There is a free and pro version, the main difference with the paid version is you can record and play back what you’re listening to. If you like this, you’ll also like iHeartRadio.
TuneIn Radio Pro TuneIn for Android
last.fm is one of the most popular music websites online (of any type of music website, that is.) It is the king of music discovery, as its highly organized and able to play random songs you’ll like based on the artist(s) you choose. All of its great features are brought into its iOS and Android apps. Discovering new music and keeping in touch with the old has never been easier when you’re away from your PC.
MOG.com will let you stream unlimited music and when using a mobile device, you can even download for offline use at no extra cost! Visit https://mog.com/#!where to see all of what MOG has to offer which only costs about $10 per month, the price of a pizza.
Rhapsodyis another service that lets you download music for offline use, and they’ve got an app for iPhone, android, blackberry, and windows phone users. See the official video below for a quick tour of this service.
Why use Rhapsody? Click here to find out.
Rhapsody currently charges a low price of $4.99 for 3 months, then it goes up to the standard price of $9.99 per month.