The iPad and iPhone have revolutionized sound. From music recommendation engines to instantly recognize a song to 5-second access to streaming radio from Saudi Arabia, these four apps may be the only music apps you need.
Last.fm – Last.fm allow audiophiles to create their own radio stations using Scrobbler, a recommendation engine broken to pieces by a community of users cross referencing artists to one another. Listen to personalized radio stations based on artists, genres, and tags or hit http://www.last.fm/events concert library to stay up-to-the-minute on events and festivals.
Pandora – Based on the Open Radio concept, Pandora offers a music recommendation service. Select an artist and create a radio station playing songs similar to that artist. A "thumbs up” and "thumbs down" feature determines selections. A sophisticated algorithm accounting for more than 2000 music attributes creates the most personalized music engine out there. There are two versions: one free (ad-supported) and one paid (no ads visible).
TuneIn – TuneIn gives you instant access to 30,000 streaming radio stations around the world, usingi nteractive maps with pushpins representing stations. All genres of music are represented, including classic rock, oldies, new age, country, and talk. Plus, you can bookmark favorites, pause live streams for up to 30 minutes, record stations, and set an alarm to play a station. Playback on a Wi-Fi connection was silky smooth, even for distant stations. Look to TuneIn as your default radio app over iheartradio.
SoundHound – SoundHound is the premier song recognition app on the iPhone. Simply tap the "What's that song?" button to retrieve the name of the artist and song played. SoundHound keeps a history of all recognized songs with one tap App Store integration to purchase. It is accurate, with most songs of different genres recognized in a ten minute evaluation, including lesser-known artists like Groove Armada and ATB.
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