Music has become more accessible than ever - no more radios, no more money(I do not mean piracy, I mean free apps) for playing your favourite songs. No doubt a large chunk of the worlds’ population loves music.
Music has changed a lot in the last 50 years. It was initially the era discs and cassettes. The sound quality was terribly low, and prices were considerably high for buying music. Not many could afford it, so it was for the elite classes.
Everything changed with the arrival of compact discs. The higher quality, cheaper and longer lasting CD’s made music a lot more accessible. Moreover, portable CD players made it possible to walk around carrying music.
The real revolution though, came with the growing popularity of PC’s and MP3 players. Music could finally be ripped form CD’s, ported onto music players and carried around. And then the internet came along… In a way, it collapsed the entire industry - and piracy became a huge issue. This issue was(is) partially solved by the online music stores, such as iTunes, that sold original music for extremely cheap.
Today though, most music we hear comes for free. And a lot of them is from the apps on our smartphones tablets and a good number of websites.
So here are the best apps I’ve found and used for listening to music (in India):
1. Saavn: Saavn is an Indian originated music app developed in the US. Its motto is,"play what you want, when you want”. And that’s why I love it. Its the primary app I use for music. Apart from the fact that the albums are well organised, latest and updated regularly, Saavn provides one of the widest range of music for listeners from all genre. There are over 10 languages currently playing, and its still growing. Saavn is completely free - choose whatever you want to listen to anytime. Plus, upgrading to Saavn Pro will allow you to download your songs and play them without an internet connection. Saavn also provides ‘top 15’ songs of each language, weekly updated. Overall, its features to prove ratio make it a complete winner.
The apps for mobile and tablet are great too, with a flat interface and updated styling. No issues there.
2. Soundcloud: Soundcloud is a social network for music. You can not only listen to music, but also make and share your own. Its free for listening to songs, but you may need to pay if you’re uploading a lot of music.
Soundcloud is also a popular destination for musicians to put up their originals for public listening, and that means you get to listen to music directly from the creators themselves. In fact, this is what has gotten Soundcloud to be such a popular music destination.
I particularly like Soundcloud’s app design on mobile devices - it makes finding music a breeze. Again, its a great music app.
App: 4.5/5 (tablet/iPad apps aren't great)
3. Gaana is another great music app, very very similar to Saavn. Its new and redesigned in the app stores, though the service was present since 2010. The app is well made, the quality of music is great, it has a top songs section, including a top 50 Bollywood and top 50 USA category. You and download and save songs for the first 2 weeks, which again is a pro feature.
App: 4/5(no app for iPad as yet)
Web: 3.5/5 (still in beta)
4. Hungama: Hungama has been in the app stores since long, and undoubted its popular among many Hindi music listeners. The app features a great radio station based on artists or genre. The collection is great too. The only thing that brings this app down is its bad build. The app isn't stable on many devices, especially android ones. The tablet version doesn't use the large screen size as an advantage, instead it's a ported mobile interface. And the number of ads irritates a person browsing for music.
Web: 3.5/5 (still in beta)
If you stay in the USA or Europe, Spotify or Pandora would be the best app to go with.
That is about it. Those were the music apps I use most. If you have anything to say - any other recommendations, do comment below. Like this post to see more ‘music' related posts on my blog. Keep Technonerding!