Having a Smartphone means, among other things, having an ideal music-playing device. Most now come with memory storage large enough to support both complex Apps and a huge selection of tunes, as well as a ready connection to the internet. Due to their different operating systems, Android-supported phones and iPhones do not run all the same Apps: here’s a selection of the best ones available on android phones.
4Shared Music Downloads – A free App, 4Shared uses cloud-storage technology to provide a space where users can store MP3 downloads, and then stream them to your Smartphone. The neat part is, almost all of 4Shared’s cloud storage is public, meaning that it provides a huge library of users’ music, accessible to anyone.
Solo – Ever fancied turning your Android into a Stratocaster and rocking out? For £2.49, Solo will turn your Android into a guitar. It allows you to record chord-patterns , and then edit them into other chord-patterns until hey presto, you’ve got a song. But its ace in the hole is its chord-search function, where you can tell it your favourite songs, and it will come back with what chords they use.
Gigbeat – A must-have for live music junkies, Gigbeat is a free App that basically manages you from starting a passion for a particular band, to recording the date of the gig and providing a map of how to find the venue. All upcoming tour dates for the music it finds in your phone are listed, as are suggestions for what other bands you might like to see, and tickets are instantly available through the Songkick service.
Vevo – Ground Zero for music-videos, Vevo provides quick, free access to a massive array of the most popular artists’ music videos through a clean, efficient interface. Though its coverage of more niche artists is limited, for the global superstars, everything is there.