Music apps

The 10 Best Music Apps | The independent


1. Listen to the radio

Virtually all of the world’s radio stations in one place, TuneIn lets you listen to 70,000 live radio stations and around two million podcasts. You might listen to a different station every day for the rest of your life, and there’s not much more to say besides that.

Free, iOS, Android

2. Garage band

Turn your phone into a portable recording studio with the App version of Apple’s hugely successful Garageband program. Although one band, The Ultramods, used the app to record an entire album, most musicians will find the app a convenient way to listen to rehearsal sessions and experiment with song structures.

£ 2.99, iOS

3. Kick

For lovers of live music, Songkick is a dream app. It creates a personalized concert schedule based on your music library and alerts you when your favorite bands are performing.

Free, iOS, Android

4. Shot

Free yourself from iTunes with this app that lets you download and listen to your favorite podcasts without having to sync with your computer. Browse, download, rename podcasts, and create smart playlists to organize your listening library.

£ 1.99, iOS

5. Twitter #music

For those who feel the need to live every moment on Twitter, this music app from the creators of Twitter will be a welcome addition to their smartphone. The app displays tweets with each track and you can jump into the conversation while you listen.

Free, iOS

6. Music

A beautifully designed musical game in which you create a symphony by bouncing different colored shapes around the screen. Designed by FingerLabs, who also designed applications based on drum machines and guitar pedals, this is a quiet and harmonious game that will appeal to music and production geeks.

Free, iOS

7. Greyhound

The ultimate music search engine, Soundhound lets you search for songs by singing, humming, tapping or listening to the track. Once recognized, you get the complete works; lyrics, videos, ringtones and links to iTunes.

Free, iOS, Android

8. Number

It’s a must-have for beat junkies and producers who can’t go a minute without wanting to play around with new sounds. It gives you a drum, bass and lead synthesizer and drum beat programmer that you can tune with your fingertips to your liking.

£ 69, iOS

9. Panamp

A music player to challenge the limits of the iPhone’s default music app. Panamp lets you create dynamic “queues” of your favorite tracks on the go, find related information about your tracks as you browse your library and “Power Search” all at once.

£ 1.49, iOS

10. Discover music

Discovr is a tempting proposition for anyone who wants to find new music. Follow your favorite bands and this well-designed app will bring you all of their music, videos and photos, and lead you to new artists via its intriguing mind map feature.

Free, iOS