5 Apps That Will Change the Way You Listen to Music

How to Know Your Music

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As smart phone storage capacity continues to increase, many people allow their phone to double as their music player. But while your phone is great at storing and playing songs, it’s capable of much more than your average mp3 player. Here are 5 music apps that will show you how much your phone can do to change the way that you listen to music.

Know All the Songs!


The SoundHound App

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SoundHound (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Free)

Don’t you hate it when you’re at the bar/Starbucks/gym and you hear a song that you instantly fall in love with? But no one knows what it is? So you spend the next few days humming the 4 bars you sort-of remembered and demanding that your friends tell you what it is? Well with SoundHound, you’ll never have to do that again. Just click “Listen” and it will give you the artist, album, lyrics and a link to download the song right to your phone or tablet.


Listen to Music Based on Your Mood


The Songza App

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Songza (AndroidiOS, Kindle Fire, Free)

We’ve written a lot about Songza already, but we can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a music app that allows you to create playlists based on your mood. Simply tag your music with a mood or moment like “making breakfast”, “in traffic” or “breakup blues”. Then play the playlist that coincides with your mood. You can also access other peoples’ public playlists to see what they listen to when they’re “making bacon” or “watching cartoons on mute”.


To Find Great Bands in Your Area


The Timbre App

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Timbre (iOS, Free)

Timbre does two things really well. First it helps you find new (even obscure) music to listen to listen to by letting you browse songs by bands that are currently or soon playing in your area. If you like what you hear, you can just click to find out where they’re playing and see them live.


For Something Completely Different


The Planetary App

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Planetary (iPad, Free)

Planetary is all about visuals. It doesn’t add anything to your listening experience or make the music sound better. But it’s so beautiful that it’s still one of the best music apps available. Planetary organizes your music into a solar system. The artist is the star, the albums are the planets and the tracks are moons. Looking at all of your music spread out in galaxy formation on your iPad’s HD display is one of the best things ever.


For Social Listening


The Spotify App

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Spotify (AndroidBlackberryiOS, Windows Phone, $10/month)

One of the best things about the Spotify app is that it lets you keep your friends updated on what you’re listening to via Facebook and Twitter. It’s great for band members, long distance relationships and Rick Roll-ing your friends’ pages. Plus, it gives you piracy-free access to millions of songs that you’re free to play as often as you like. Spotify lets you share music. And you get thousands of free music with no piracy.