For music enthusiasts, your iOS or Android system has become something like the proverbial sweet shop for the sweet lover: there are so many apps out there to bring your passion to your fingertips, it’s hard to know where to start. Whether you’re looking for gigs to attend, venues to play at or tunes to download there’s an app out there to help you do it. Take a look at these five great apps for a start: we guarantee you’ll soon be hooked!
1. Guitar Tuning
We’ve all been there: sitting in the park on a glorious summer day when someone asks for a sing-a-long. You reach for the guitar only to find that the heat has got to the strings and the guitar is horribly out of tune and you don’t quite want to admit that your ear is not best attuned to hear when it’s perfect. There’s now an app that can help! Get Instinct is a great online tuner that you can download as an app. It comes as part of a whole online guitar tuition programme: take a look at the site and see if it could help you.
2. Global Meets Local
There’s a great new app called UTuneMe that allows you to listen to the best of online radio from around the world – from Urdu music to hip hop, classical to trance – with the added benefit of local advertising. There’s nothing more frustrating than listening to an international radio station, hearing about some awesome gig or event happening at the weekend, only to then remember that you’re listening to a Marseilles station and the gig is not, as it happens, in Preston. No longer! With personalised and localised adverts, you can use the radio as a way of keeping abreast of local events and hearing about special offers that you might like.
3. Your ‘Muso’ Friend
We all have a friend who is constantly recommending new music and knows all the best gigs and parties to be at but now there are music apps that can perform the same function. You shouldn’t get rid of the friend of course, but with apps like Qusic you can make sure the recommendations are perfectly catered to you individual taste. Qusic will tell you all about new releases by your favourite artists and recommend new music that you might like based on the preferences you’ve already indicated. You can track all of the artists from your Spotify, iTunes and mp3 library in one go. Simple!
4. Name That Tune
In the fast-paced world of apps and internet technology, Shazam is something of a stalwart of the scene but just in case you’ve been living under a rock or are new to the iPhone game, it’s worth mentioning again. Play Shazam a sample of a song and it will tell you the name of the song! Incredible. So when you’ve exhausted the memory bank and the shop assistant doesn’t know the name of the track either, use Shazam, and you’ll have an answer in no time.
5. Sounds Like…
One Step further than Shazam is an app called Who Sampled. It’s a stroke of genius. They have a massive catalogue of songs stored alongside the songs that they sample. If you love Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk discover its’ roots in Cola Bottle baby by Edwin Birdsong. The ap lets you get closer to the music and discover more about it. For DJs and those interested in modern sampling, it’s an invaluable resource and a great deal of fun to use.
Whether you’re interested in singing folk songs to your mates in the park or digging deeper into the latest Kanye West tune, there is an app out there to help you do it. As we get more and more comfortable using our androids and iOS systems, it seems clear that apps are only going to get better and better. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pinned for the next big thing, there is a company out there to help you do it!