TOP TUNES ON TAP!
David Thomas and Ann Shooter review six of the best smartphone apps for music lovers on the move
Cost €9.99 per month.
What it does Puts every song you ever wanted to hear at your fingertips.
Why we love it Spotify might look expensive but if you like listening to music, it’s a bargain. It really does mean you’ll never have to buy a song again — it’s all here as long as you continue to subscribe. Hard to believe it’s legal! You can call up any song you like and build up playlists of up to 3,300 tracks that you can listen to offline. An absolute essential.
2. TUNEIN RADIO
What it does Gives you access to radio stations around the world.
Why we love it This app means you can listen to some 70,000 radio stations all over the planet, wherever you are. You can browse local radio, recommended stations, stations for different languages, and even podcasts. You can also choose from categories like sports or talk radio and add your favourite stations to a preset list for easy access. Incredible stuff. And it’s free!
Cost Free-€4.99. What it does Identifies songs in seconds.
Why we love it Can’t remember the name of that song that’s buzzing round your head? Just hum a few bars while you’ve got this app loaded, or hold it up when music is playing in a restaurant or bar, and it will tell you the song, give you the lyrics so you can sing along, and even provide you with a link to YouTube to view the video. It’s quicker and more accurate than any similar app on the market, and the paid-for version is free of advertising.
What it does Tells you which gigs are coming to town.
Why we love it Songkick was started by three live-music fans who thought it was too hard to find out when their favourite bands were playing near them. As soon as you load it, the app scans your music library and uses GPS to tell you if any of the artists you like are playing near you soon. If you fancy the sound of that jazz recital, rock gig or classical concert, you can book there and then.
Cost Free-€10 per month.
Wh What it does Rivals Spotify as a popular music streaming service.
Why we love it Napster and Spotify have their own strengths. While the Spotify app has better soundy, Napster’s has useful little descriptions of artists and types of music and suggests other songs you should listen to if you like a certain singer. Plus, if you’re a fan of naff playlists with headings like ‘Sad Songs’ and ‘One Hit Wonders’ (we are), Napster has ’em.
6. CARTUNES MUSIC PLAYER
Cost €4.49. What it does Controls your music without you having to take your attention away from the road to look at your phone.
Why we love it This is a great app for playing music while you’re concentrating on something else. Simply tap the screen to play, flick it to change tracks and so on. It’s particularly good on a running machine or, of course, in the car — but not when you’re supposed to have both hands on the wheel!