Music is an integral part of many people’s lives. Even now, while writing this post, I have Evanescence blasting away on my headset. If you yourself are fond of music and own a Windows Phone 7, then life just got better for you (or will, once Mango rolls out). What music lovers hate most about WP7 is that it lacks the ability to play music in the background while using a third party app. Mango finally resolves that issue by bringing true multitasking to Windows Phone and letting third party apps run in the background. For music, 8tracks becomes the first app to take advantage of this Mango goodness. 8tracks lets you listen to playlists pre-loaded by the users on the app’s website and the tracks can keep playing while you navigate anywhere on your phone!
After signing up for 8tracks’ service (just your e-mail address and a new password needed) you are eligible to listen to all the awesome playlists available in the app (and trust us, there are a lot of them). You can simply search for a playlist by its name, but that’s not advisable as you never know by which name the lists might be saved. It’s better if you view them according to your moods or categories. Genres include all the well-known music genres and have playlists pertaining to each category. There are also an option to search for playlists including one (or many) songs from a certain singer.
You can skip a track in a playlist and/or set one that you like as your favorite. The streaming rate is pretty good and the consistency is respectable on an average Wi-Fi connection. In case you want to listen to a playlist again, History keeps track of everything you have played. The app is excellent addition to the Marketplace, though a download option (for listening to songs while you’re offline) would make it even better. Another great thing about 8tracks: it’s free! Although the app is not useful for you if you want to listen to original soundtracks or hits from popular singers, 8tracks can prove to be a nice service in an environment that is dominated by Microsoft’s official Zune music store, specially for those who are always connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or their data connection. In addition to that, if you are looking for some rocking good remixes, the app can be just the thing you need.