If you’re like me, you’re thinking about music all the time. Even if it’s only playing off somewhere in my subconscious, it’s always there. And with the beauty of technology, (and the fancy iPod I got for Christmas, my iPhone, and a Verizon contract), it’s possible to access all of that music from anywhere, anytime.
Aside from keeping my iPod glued to my side and ensuring that my phone has a back up of at least my latest favorites, there are a few apps out there that help me stay plugged in to the music I love. Here are the best of the best music apps that get the official sunnysideisup recommendation.
Best Overall Music App: Live Nation
As much as I know everyone thinks this company is evil since they pretty much hold a monopoly over all concert tickets (as they are owned by Ticketmaster); the Live Nation app really can’t be beat. It stores all your favorite artists, lets you know when they are touring in your area, and lets you buy tickets right from the app. You can easily access all of your ticket orders as well. Best part: the app stores official set lists for pretty much every show that ever happens ever, courtesy of their partnership with setlist.fm. AND you can preview and purchase songs from the setlist right from the App.
Best Song Recognition App: SoundHound
By far my favorite app for song recognition, SoundHound can pick up a song from even the most distorted recording. It tells you the name of the song, the artist, the album, and allows you to preview and purchase the song right from the app. It will also give you the song lyrics as the song is playing. Best part: it keeps a record of all the songs you’ve identified so you can go back and download them all later.
Best Radio App: 8tracks
I hate radio apps. There, I said it. First of all, I’m way too much of a control freak to let an app choose my music for me, and I hate not being able to skip what I don’t like. Not to mention that the advertising has gotten completely out of hand. However, I’ve discovered one radio app that I LOVE, and it’s called 8tracks. You can choose from playlists people have created according to differents genres, and save the ones you like to your “home” screen. My favorite is the mashup section, which is full of awesome mashups that can be really hard to find on their own. And of course, it’s free.
Honorable Mention: Spotify
I know you just read my rant about radio apps. BUT this one has stayed on my phone because it allows me to easily create playlists, and then easily share them with you all. I do use it, so make sure to download it if you want to listen to my playlists directly from my blog!