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5 Must-have iOS and Android Apps for Music Lovers

October 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When we find ourselves in times of trouble, Google Play and the App Store always seem to pop up in our minds, speaking words of wisdom: there’s an app for that! We can joke all we want, but there’s no denying the fact that we do actually live in a world where there is (almost) an app for everything: cooking, dating, finding jobs, gaming, weather forecasts, shopping, etc. Put them all together and what you get is a gazillion (we might be exaggerating just a tiny bit) mobile phone and tablet applications available online for download. And if there’s an app that just says “Yo” to someone else, then of course there are thousands of them for listening to music, discovering new songs, and creating your own musical pieces.

A young man listening to music on his smartphone

While this is great news for all music lovers out there, the sad thing is that your phone or tablet has limited storage space and you won’t be able to download every music app that you grow fond of. To help you make your decision with more ease, we’ve created a list with some of our favourite iOS and Android apps (five of them to be exact) we think are a must- have if you want to enjoy music to the best of your abilities.

1. Shazam: The One That Recognizes Songs When You Can’t

Two photos of Shazam's Android user interface

One of the world’s most popular apps that’s used by over 100 million people on a monthly basis. Whenever you have trouble identifying a song, Shazam will come to your rescue! Not only does this wonderful app recognize songs in your stead, but it also provides you with lyrics and music that your favourite artists stumble upon and like.

2. 8tracks: The One with All the Playlists

8tracks user interface for iOS

We love 8tracks more than anything in this world. It’s a nifty little radio app that helps you find a playlist for every occasion, situation, and genre, and the only drawback is that you can’t skip more than four songs in a row. However, you can type whichever keyword you want into the search bar and 8tracks will present you with a list of playlists available for it. You can also listen to trending playlists and those that the staff of 8tracks suggests, and create your own playlists!

3. SoundCloud: The One That Lets You Collect Songs

SoundCloud's user interface for Android

With a fairly simple UI, SoundCloud allows you to find new music, follow different artists, search directly for certain tracks, then save and collect them. With this app installed on your phone, you’ll be able to listen to all of your favourite songs whenever you want and wherever you are. What’s also great about SoundCloud is that it lets you listen to podcasts, news, and comedy sketches right there on your phone.

4. Musixmatch: The One That Finds Lyrics to Your Songs

Musixmatch user interface for iOS

If you belong to the group of people who need to know every lyric of their favourite songs, then Musixmatch might be perfect for you. This particular app is advertised as the “world’s largest lyrics catalogue” thanks to which you can “enjoy diverse music along with synced lyrics”. If you can’t remember the name of a song you want to listen to, you can type in the first lyric that comes to your mind in the search bar. All of the identified lyrics are stored on your personal profile.

5. TIDAL: The One with Fantastic Sound Quality

TIDAL user interface for Android

If crystal clear sound is important to you, then you should definitely think about checking TIDAL out. This relatively new streaming service offers more than 25 million lossless tracks, more than 75,000 music videos in HD, and interviews with some of your favourite artists. TIDAL also comes with an offline mode, meaning that you can listen to your songs and playlists wherever you are, and recommendations made specifically for you and your taste.

What are your favourite music apps? Share them with us!

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