You might say that the genre of music streaming apps has become a bit crowded in recent years. The competition among services like Last.fm, Turntable.fm and Pandora is quite fierce, which is evident from the barrage of updates and even new apps that are released by these streaming giants at frequent intervals. A few months back, we covered Fuzz Radio - an app that offers radio stations curated by music professionals
. Turntable.fm’s latest iOS app, Piki
is based on a pretty similar concept, with the difference being that you get a radio station of your own that is a mixture of several streams curated by users with similar interests. Another great thing about the app is its simplicity, since you don’t have to go through a lot of steps to configure a personalized radio stations - just pick your favorite songs (right from the stock Music app of your iPhone) and let Piki do the rest.
We listen to music from a lot of different sources; SoundCloud, Grooveshark, Pandora, YouTube, Last.fm, the list just goes on and one. At times, the services we use decide to play nice with each other and allow us to transfer our preferences from one to the other. At other times, we can use apps to help us connect these services and consolidate our listening experience in just one service. Songdrop
is one such web service that acts as a song aggregator. It allows you to add songs to groups, which the service calls Mixes, from any website. There is a small catch though: you can drop a song (add it to the service) only from the song's own page. In addition to creating your own mixes, you can search other users’ mixes too and if you like the songs they have, you can drop them into your own collection. The service also has a dedicated Chrome extension, while users of other browsers can use the service’s bookmarklet to add songs.
Windows Phone has had an official Last.fm client
available since the pre-Mango era, but the app has a glaring omission - scrobbling. While there are other, more complicated ways of scrobbling from Windows Phone, most people end up ignoring them due to the cumbersome steps involved. iOS and Android have Last.fm’s official Scrobbler app, but the Windows Phone Store has been overlooked in this regard so far. A few third-party apps with scrobbling support that we have seen so far are either paid, or riddled with bugs. That is why the new ScrobbleMe
app might establish a loyal fan base pretty soon. The app is really simple, devoid of absolutely any bells and whistles, and offers you dead-simple Last.fm scrobbling, along with support for publishing your playlist with a certain delay, so that the scrobble list can be curated beforehand.
Apple’s marquee iTunes application has earned a lot of reputation as well as notoriety, depending on your requirements and stance on bloatware. The app works great with iOS devices but for most others, alternatives like MediaMonkey and Winamp are still among the top choices. Recently, I reviewed a light-weight music player for Windows called GOMAudio
that is built with minimalism on mind but today, I have a feature-laden audio manager for music enthusiasts called aTunes
. No, it's not another iTunes rip off, but the application does look cool. This open-source cross-platform program holds tons of features under the hood, boasting incredible skin customization options and stellar playback performance, streaming & Last.fm support, automatic lyrics downloading, syncing with portable media players, and a lot more. Let's take a look at the player and its features in detail after the jump.
With the large number of music streaming services and radio stations available online, you no longer really have an excuse for not being able to find a good song for a particular mood or moment. From popular services like Pandora to relatively lesser known ones like we7, music that suits your taste is pretty easy to come by. If you have your music preferences spread out across different services, perhaps you’d like one service to rule them all. Since all online radio services have their own way of finding songs for you, you might want to try something different like channeling your all preferences together into just one service. scroblr
is an extension available for Chrome and Safari that lets you scrobble songs from one of fourteen services to Last.fm. It supports SoundCloud, Google Play, Amazon Cloud Player, Turntable.fm, AccuRadio and many more.
There was a time when Last.fm ranked very near the top of the list of music discovery services, but times have changed and now it faces some stiff competition. Maybe that is why the team behind it is looking to expand the service’s horizon, and have come up with Scrobbler
for iPhone and iPad. Scrobbler is a standalone music player that offers recommendations based on your personal music collection. As apparent from the app’s name, everything you listen to can be shared over your Last.fm page. The interface is pretty decent, with tons of album art automatically available for all artists and albums. If you have always been too lazy to arrange your music collection into playlists, Scrobbler will solve this problem too, thanks to its ‘Smart Playlists’ feature. Read More
As a Mac user, you never really see an end to the iTunes apps that run in the Menu Bar and you probably have one installed too because it offers easy control. The question is, what does you iTunes controlling app do for you? If you’re really only interested in playing/pausing songs, a simple app with a bunch of buttons is really all you need. If you want more, you’ll never really get tired of trying a new app and Tune Instructor
is worth a try at the very least. It is a free Mac app that offers extensive organizing and renaming functions for songs in your iTunes library, connects with your Last.fm account, extensively supports keyboard shortcuts and allows you to customize them all, search iTunes artwork and lyrics, remove dead entries and/or correct them, and add songs to your iTunes library.
is a Mac app worth $2.99 in the Mac App Store that controls iTunes from the Menu Bar. When launched, it automatically starts iTunes in the background and adds a play icon to the Menu Bar, clicking which opens a search bar that allows you to query your iTunes library. Of course, this isn’t why you’re paying $2.99 for the app. Tracks has excellent and fully customizable universal shortcuts for controlling iTunes. You can play/pause, move to the next or previous track, increase/decrease volume and rating and open the current song in iTunes. It gives you Growl notifications when a new song is played or changed, and allows you to connect with your Last.fm account.
If you’ve been looking for iTunes alternative that can play and manage your iTunes Music Library, you
may want to have a look at Enqueue
It’s a minimalist music player for Mac OS X that includes a host of features including drag&drop support, track tagging, keyboard media keys support, audio equalizer and more. Moreover, it not only supports importing iTunes Library to playlist but also provides you with features that are not available in iTunes such as Last.fm support, global hotkeys, and FLAC and OGG file support.
is a cross-platform application for searching, streaming and downloading music. It gathers data from databases such as MusicBrainz, Last.FM and BBCRadio, to provide users with the latest songs. It comes with useful plugins which help you search for MP3 songs for your favorite artists. Mielophone has an integrated player which enables playing music from different sources across the internet, including internet radio stations. Hit the jump for more.
Arguably the most groundbreaking feature offered by Mango is multitasking. And multitasking doesn’t only mean the app switcher brought up by long-pressing the “back” button on your Windows Phone 7 device, Mango actually does offer multitasking in the sense that you can keep on playing music from third party apps while doing anything else. Last.fm is the
app for listening to all the music you will want in a lifetime. The app provides a pretty decent music discovery service, but that's not all. There is also the option to find out all the activities in your area that are related to music. This means that Last.fm will tell you all about the concerts taking place in your locality! The app has been around for quite a while, but now it just reached a whole new level with its new update. The Mango-fied version of the app can now be used to stream songs in the background while you reply to text messages and read your emails!
Although we have covered many iTunes controller for Mac, including, TunesArt
, and MyTunesController
, we still feel a room for one which offers novel and interesting features while providing sleek user interface. Today we have stumbled across Bowtie
, which greatly differs from the previously covered iTunes controllers. First, you can design appealing UI themes based on HTML 5 and CSS, and second, being the fact that it offers seamless support for other iDevices - iPhone and iPod.
Apart from obvious features of an iTunes controller, such as, playback controls, album art detection, and direct track rating, it integrates last.fm, so you can submit your favorite songs directly to last.fm. Other prominent features include a slew of hotkey combinations to control different iTunes playback and playlist specific functions, such as, jump between tracks, increase/decrease and mute volume, along with love and ban Last.fm listed track, just to name a few.
is a freshly-baked standalone music player which offers support for two widely used online music services - Last.fm and Grooveshark. Since many users from around the world largely prefer listening and maintaining music profiles in either of these two services, it brings both in small package with all essential playback controls. The on-the-fly search for music tracks is also integrated to help users with populating their playlists quickly. While allowing direct last.fm scrobbling, you can bring all of your saved tracks and recommendations right into the application and manage your last.fm profile accordingly.
The digital music industry is witnessing a significant growth, there's no denying it. And with any sector that develops at such rapid pace, there's always an increase in the level of competition. Hundreds, if not thousands of digital music tools and gadgets are hitting the market, all promising to enhance users' experience of organizing, listening to or sharing digital music. But there's just one problem with most of the digital music products that we witness--they're too complex for the average computer user to comprehend. In a bid at differentiating their product lines by adding more and more features, companies lose track of one significant parameter--simplicity
. And this is precisely what distinguishes Clementine
, a simple cross-platform music player that enables users to enjoy music and Internet radio.
Music managers, not exactly a "niche of software" that is badly represented. Large numbers of these, both commercial and free (open-source) have been around ever since the introduction of portable audio formats such as MP3. However, as it is the kind of software you'll use to great extent, it is particularly in this area where you will be most critical towards comfort of use and the availability of features and customizability
. MusicBee is an attempt to provide one with a full-featured playing, tagging, organizing, ripping and synchronizing (e.g. iPod) manager. Lot of stuff to go in there, but hell, this manager manages.
Last.fm is a popular internet radio site for music and what better way than to download the album art from there for free? This is exactly what Cover Fetcher does. It is an opensource tool that grabs any album cover art provided you know the artist and album name. Read More
Do you want to listen to your favorite artist, discover new music and browse at the same time without having to visit any music related website? If you use Last.fm to listen to your favorite artists, discover new music, and create music playlists then all you need is Fire.fm. It is an add-on for Firefox browser that lets you access music from Last.fm. To use this add-on you will need a Last.fm account which is free, If you don’t have an account with last.fm, I would strongly recommend that you make one. Read More
Sometimes you just really need to hear a song and don’t want to buy the whole album from the market. Something reminds you of an old song you know or maybe an article references a new artist, for this Google(
also YouTube) is one of the best search engines today and you can find almost anything using it. That said, it is almost always better to search things on a dedicated search engine. In this post we will list out some of the best search engines you can use to find music online.
Update: We have added 30 more music search engines here.