The name Pandora needs no introduction in the world of online radio. We all love listening to music and Pandora has been providing us with quick access to our favorite music for quite a while now. If you have recently switched to Windows 8 and are looking for a way to access Pandora radio in a Modern UI environment, then Pandora Windows
is probably your best bet. The application is designed to let you sign in to your Pandora account and synchronize your radio stations with the app's playlist. It boasts an elegant interface, ease of use and fast streaming, lets you add radio stations to your library and stream music via the integrated media player. You can add stations by Artist, Song, Genre
quite similar to how the Pandora web interface itself works.
Web and desktop applications that let you tune in to your favorite radio stations are not hard to find. We have covered numerous radio streaming applications in the past, X-Screamer Radio
, just to name a few. Recently, I came across another similar desktop application called inLight Radio,
which offers 20,000+ radio stations from around the world. Apart from listening to your favorite tunes, you can easily record and save songs to your PC, add custom radio stations, view cover art for the current track, listen to podcasts encoded in MP3, ACC, OGG, WMA and other formats. In addition, you also have equalizer presets including Pop, Jazz, Classic & Rock, and other audio controls to change the audio output quality.
Being Apple’s proprietary wireless media streaming protocol suite, the renowned AirPlay feature can be used to remotely stream multimedia content across various iDevices. Courtesy of the company’s decision to authorize other manufacturers to utilize the audio (and in some cases, video) streaming aspect of AirPlay, there are quite a few solutions out their that allow non-iOS devices to receive streamed media content from any AirPlay-compatible iDevice. XDA member Android-HiFI
has been busy developing an app that enables your Android device to act as an AirPlay receiver, which means you can now listen to whatever audio is being streamed from your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your Android device. The app sports a rather simple interface, and can run in the background. For streaming video content, you’ll only be able to listen to its audio. Other salient features of the app include manual adjustment of playback delay to sync audio with videos or other receiver devices, auto-adjustment of volume levels in case of incoming calls or upon unplugging the headset or turning off Bluetooth, and the option to keep the screen awake during playback.
YouTube is probably the best source of online music if you don’t want to browse through a lot of websites, looking for a working link. That is why there are many YouTube clients on Windows Phone 7, and some of them even let users download songs as MP3 audio files. However, surfing through YouTube or similar services still requires some time and effort, and the conversion of video to audio is often not smooth enough. Fildo
is a new WP7 app that promises to be every music-lover’s dream come true. The app comes with an impressive collection of MP3 songs that you can stream or download to your device. That's not all; Fildo can be used as an alterative to the Music + Videos
hub of WP7, as you can create playlists, listen to songs in the background or under lockscreen, and view lyrics for each. Read More
If you’re a music lover, you must have heard about hype machine, a web service that keeps track of the bloggers across the world wide web that write about the best music available. This not only saves you time to find that awesome tune you might have wanted to listen to, but also keeps you stumbling upon the latest and greatest music trends around internet. If you want to experience the love of hype machine on your desktop, then meet Hypegram
, a beautiful and elegant application that will let you stream music right on your desktop. This tool will also help you keep up with all the latest and popular songs that people have been sharing on the various blogs. Keep reading for an in-depth review of the application.
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!
Where do you go when you want to listen to some good music? A majority is likely to name YouTube, some might tell of streaming websites or maybe the odd iOS app. It's pretty simple if you want to listen to a particular artist, or a specific song, but what if you are in a sad mood and feel like cheering yourself up by listening to some happy songs, where would you get that? For such occasions, Songza
is what you need. Songza is an app which lets you stream a huge variety of playlists categorized according to a large number of criteria. Update:
An iPad variant for Songza is now available on the App Store.
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!
Not having the official SkyDrive client to access their Windows Live content is undoubtedly frustrating for Android users, but that does not imply that people are completely isolated from their cloud content when on Android. There are numerous third party clients that help you connect to your Windows Live account, and most of them bring a specific purpose to the table. For instance, some are photo browsers, some file explorers and the like. SkyAMP
is a cloud-based MP3 player for Android that allows you to stream and download audio from your Windows Live SkyDrive. Just upload your favorite tracks to your Windows Live SkyDrive from your PC and stream them on your device anytime and anywhere. The app allows access to registered Windows Live users only. Get a SkyDrive ID
now if you don’t have one already.
Elegance, style, flair and an unending roller-coaster musical ride – all these features, when combined together, define the musical sensation PLAY
for Android and iOS that has been introduced for music enthusiasts by American media and web services company America Online (AOL). Play is a free music player, live music/radio streamer and a handy music sharing application which sports a catchy look and some of the most feverishly pursued online music features.
The downside of online music and radio stations is that they rely on their native service without supporting other online services, and thus offer very limited music collection to search from. Secondly, most of them don’t allow you to download the music tracks. Today, we have an awesome desktop audio player for you, called GinoPlayer. It fetches music files from multiple online resources, providing the utility of streaming music from over 40 million songs. Aside from streaming music on desktop, GinoPlayer also lets you download songs to any local location. You can bookmark songs, search for specific artist to create temporary playlist and play them in shuffle mode. If you’re not satisfied with primary search results against your keywords, you can reinforce advance search by listing down more songs from different online music resources.
Its been barely two weeks since the release of the official 4shared app for Android, but it seems the devs at the free file sharing website are in no mood to rest. 4shared Music for Android has just hit the Market and 10 GB of free online storage says that the freeware is a must have for every music-loving Android user out there. All you need is a 4hsared account. If you don’t already have one, you may register for a free account from within the app itself.
Music Technology is growing too fast keeping in mind the modern trend, complied below are the list of top 50 music search engines. If you think some of the sites are missing from the list, let me know in the comments and I will gradually add them too. Enjoy!
Note: The following services have been discontinued; iJigg, SongBeat, PluggedIn, Radio.Blog.Club, Muvibee, SoundPedia, Qloud, PureVolume, Fairtilizer, Stage.fm, Seekmp3, OurStage, SweeTunes and Guruji.