Ever since the launch of music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, entrepreneurs and music fans alike have been producing music apps, trying to reach the same kind of efficiency, popularity, and traction. Here is the best of what’s out there at the moment:
Tomahawk is the “socially aware media player.” Basically, it allows users to search and play the web, and share it with anyone – no matter where they are or what services they use, by aggregating music from the user’s local hard drive and other applications (like Spotify or Grooveshark, to name a few) with other users’ local hard drives. The app sounds complicated, but it has evolved into something much more user-friendly than when it first started. It’s a great way for music fans who still use their laptop or desktop for music to connect with each other.
Launched in 2012, Vyclone is an app that stitches together fan videos from live events, like concerts or sporting events. This app is extremely helpful in connecting artists with fans, and fans with each other. When Vyclone users shoot their videos and upload to the ‘magic movie maker,’ the app looks for other Vyclone users others who are shooting video nearby, then edits the clips together so the same footage can be seen from multiple angles. Some artists have even used content on Vyclone to produce their own crowd-sourced music videos. It was named an App Store Best of 2012.
NoiseTrade connects artists and fans through an exchange of free music for contact information. Artists can upload a single, EP or even a full-length album, and fans can download the content simply by entering their email address and postal code. Fans can use platforms such as PayPal to leave the artist a tip, and spread the word about the music to other fans.
Songza creates playlists for its users based on their mood and taste. Some examples of playlists are “Music for working out,” “Music for studying,” or “Music for quitting your job.” Artists can contribute their own songs to the app, and brands can sponsor playlists. One of the best features on this app is how it handles advertising—there are standard on-screen ads, but unlike Pandora or Spotify, no audio ads interrupting the music. This app is gaining a lot of traction, and made quite a few Top Ten lists in 2012.
Created by Boston TechStars graduates, Murfie resembles the used CD and record stores of the 90s. Users can send their CDs to the company’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, and Murfie digitizes them and makes them available on their website. Users can also buy, sell, trade, stream and download new and used CDs to one another. This is a great app for any music fan interested in complete albums and catalogs for their favorite artist.
Of course, this is only a small sampling of what’s out there. Every day more and more apps hit the market. In a year or even a week, there might be a whole new list of even better apps for music and media fans. But these apps are a great way to enjoy your music and media today.
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