5 Types of Music Apps You Need In Your Life

Written By Bianca Bosso on 06/18/2014

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1. Streaming

Hype Machine 

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Starting as a web experiment in 2005, Hype Machine has grown into a powerful tool that joins the forces of 806 independent blogs and websites to curate the best music from around the web. Their app version of the website gives you the ability to choose which songs you enjoy with the simple tap of a <3, now with the newly-added feature of ‘playlists’, allowing you to categorise your favourites into ‘Up’, ‘Down’ & ‘Weird’. It’s also the perfect hub to find remixes of the songs you love.

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: App, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

Indie Shuffle 

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A run-off from the popular indie music website, the Indie Shuffle app provides you with playlists of the best electronic, hip-hop, indie-rock and folk music along with their favourite remixes, all curated by a team of music enthusiasts. All that is required of you is to find a track and hit play, and Indie Shuffle will build the playlist around your selection, helping you to discover new music on the go.  The best things about this app? No ads, no listening limits for the small price of zilch!

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

2. Online Magazine

The Fader 

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The official app for The FADER contains features from the magazine and the blog, podcasts, FADER TV, information on FADER’s parties and, best of all, a music player curated by the  ‘definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it’.  This is the perfect app for discovering music’s next best thing, with The Fader claiming to be the most ‘dynamic breath of music and style emanating the fringes of the mainstream’. Basically download this if you wanna be a cool cat. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Download from iTunes 

Pitchfork Weekly 

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Pitchfork Weekly presents the editorial highlights from their website, updating the app constantly with reviews, features, columns, audio and exclusive videos from Pitchfork TV. The best part of this app is the staff-produced podcasts which feature conversations over the week in music as well as mixes of the latest tracks. 

Cost: Free

Compatible: iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Download from iTunes 

3. Novelty

Tunepics 

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Tunepics is social media with a soundtrack that stimulates the eyes and the ears. Think instagram with Miley Cyrus-esque filters and songs to accompany your picture. It enables you to upload your photos, edit them with a weather filter, express your emotion at the time via a colour wheel and also pair it with a song. Endorsed by Lily Allen, Jamie Oliverwill.i.am and Kate Bosworth. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes  

Songza

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Voted the ‘App Store Best of 2012’, Songza plays you ‘the right music at the right time’, curating playlists for your certain mood at a certain time of day. Want to soundtrack your sweaty dance party? Trying to find a song to match your confidence? Or just want to belt out that incredible voice of yours in the shower? Then this app is just for you.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

4. DIY DJ

TRAKTOR DJ

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TRAKTOR DJ app brings the pro software straight to iOS, giving you the ability to create instant DJ sets. Compatible with iPhone and iPad, it allows you to create mixes in seconds from your own iTunes library using familiar hand gestures to perform hands-on, high-impact sets. Auto tempo detection also makes track-syncing and beat-matching a breeze, right in the palm of your hands.  

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iPhone & iPad

Download iPhone App on iTunes 

Download iPad App on iTunes 

Slussen 

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Slussen is the accompanying app to the Scandinavian brand of headphones Urbanears and ‘the most powerful after-party known to man’. Just plug in the adapter, connect your headphones and sound system for your very own pocket-sized DJ kit. Just like the real deal, Slussen has a pre-listening feature that ensures you can prepare the next track while the previous beats are still pumping. Hot tip: The headphones are the perfect accompaniment to this app. Choose from the rainbow selection here.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Download on iTunes 

5. Concert

BandMate 

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BandMate helps you find when your favourite band is playing, recommending live music events in your area based purely on what you’re listening to. It also uses the artists already on your iPhone/iPod to discover other bands you might like and creates a personalised calendar of the shows you want to see.

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: 

Download from iTunes 

Songkick 

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Honoured with the titles ‘UK iTunes App of the Week’, ‘Cult of Mac Must-Have App’ and ‘Billboard App of the Month’, Songkick tracks your favourite bands and  suggests concerts based on the ones you’ve already been to. It also tracks the artists you’ve been following and alerts you when they’re in town so you’ll never miss your favourite act again. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Download from iTunes 

 

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