iOS Music Junkies: Part 1

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Music has become an integral part of today’s world.  It’s what motivates us, inspires us, or simply brings a smile to our faces.  With new and great artists coming out every day, it’s important to keep track of what’s hot, but still remember our favorites.  The following is a list of the best music apps available today for the iPhone.

Spotify Image result for spotify

Spotify remains one of the most well known and successful music apps to date.  Although the premium version of the app is at $10 a month, it is still one of the more favorable options.  This could be because the  mobile app enables the same functionality as its desktop counterpart, allowing you to stream single tracks or entire albums with the option to create custom playlists and download the tracks for offline listening.  Also, the app is easy to use by searching, browsing or discovering.  Searching is used when you know what you want to play, while browsing allows you to see the latest charts and brand new releases.  Additionally, discover is an option that has new music every Monday based on your own playlists, or you could just sit back and enjoy their custom built radios.  As Spotify says, it really has music for everyone!

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Pandora has become a classic of the streaming realm, despite its ongoing decline of users. This music service compiles custom radio stations utilizing advanced algorithms, through what is called the Music Genome Project. It bases your music on a specific track or artist and delivers songs catered toward you that can only get better with the feedback you provide.  This is done by giving a song a thumbs up, and the system will then play more songs just like it.  Have a band or artist in mind? Not a problem.  Creating a station in Pandora is quick and easy.  Just hit the “Create Station” option at the top of the app and type in what artist, genre or track you want to find.  Pandora will then create a customized station based on what you selected.  Not to mention, creating a station in Pandora starts to cater to your tastes even more.

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Apple Music is Apple’s own personal music streaming service, and it offers you complete access to any song in the Apple Music library. This well-designed app has a massive music catalog, which is its biggest draw, and it also includes a host of custom playlists, radio shows and original TV shows and movies only found on the service.  Additionally, one of their services, through the app called Beats 1, celebrates the new and best music every day.  This service allows you to listen to original shows hosted by some of the biggest artists and DJ’s from around the world.  And the best part is that if you miss a show, as a member, you can listen to any past program on demand.  Not to mention, Beats 1 allows members to choose from a wide range of music-only stations, each expertly curated and free of ads.

Google Play Music

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Google Play Music allows you full access to your cloud-based music collection on the go. The app is clean, lined with handpicked playlists and custom radio stations, and even presents smart recommendations based on your individual taste and prior listening habits. Through this service you can listen on iOS or the web, upload up to 50,000 of your own songs, discover and subscribe to podcasts, and pick a radio for your mood.  Google Play Music also allows you to pick music based on activities or situations, has the ability to listen ad-free, is able to access 35 million songs on-demand, and can download your music and play it offline.  For those that purchase Google Play Music, you also get YouTube Red included.  Google Play Music is like Spotify where you have to pay $10 a month, though there is a free plan, and you can try the service for free for 2 months.

A Musical Conclusion

Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and Google Play Music are some of the best options available to date for listening and finding music.  There is a pay option for these services, which is to mainly listen without ads, but there are free versions, and these are essential to have for any music lover.  Stay tuned for Music Junkies Part Two, where I list five additional music services to own for your iPhone!

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