Music is a huge part of many people’s lives. People listen to music in the morning when they’re getting ready for work or school, while they’re driving to work, or riding the bus. Depending on their line of work, people listen to music while they’re working, and while they’re at the gym after work. Music does many things for many people. It can help you wake-up, gives you energy throughout the day, can get you pumped up for a big presentation you’re nervous about, push you through that last minute of your work-out, and help you feel better overall.
For those of us who do listen to music almost constantly throughout the day, we know that it’s extremely easy to get sick of the music we have on our iPods. Luckily, there’s an app for that. Multiple apps, actually. Here are three great music apps that will give you a refreshing break from the music you have on your iPod. They’re also great for discovering new music, and finding music for you to listen to when you’re just not sure what you want to hear.
If iTunes and Pandora had a baby it would be Spotify. Like Pandora, Spotify offers a radio feature. You can create radio stations by searching for your favorite artist, song, album, or genre. You can also check out their new releases and top tracks and create stations based off of those. You can give each song a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down rating, which Spotify will take into consideration and use to create recommended stations for you. Arguably the coolest part of Spotify is that it allows you to create your own playlists as you’re listening to the radio. You can create playlists for any mood or occasion, and add songs to those playlists immediately. You can also add new songs to your iTunes playlists, as Spotify imports them for you automatically. Spotify also allows you to share your playlists with friends, and allows you listen to any playlists your friends have created.
Some people love the radio. Some people despise the radio. iHeartRadio is made for both types of people. If you’re pro-radio, this app is great because it allows you to listen to live radio from radio stations all across the country. Most people who listen to the radio in the mornings have a favorite morning show. If you’re out of town or have recently moved, you’re still able to listen to your favorite DJ’s via the iHeartRadio app. You can also find stations based on your mood or different activities you’re doing. The iHeartRadio app also lets you set a sleep timer, set an alarm to a certain station, view the song lyrics and artist bio of the song it’s currently playing, and create custom stations.
This app has a playlist for literally every single mood or activity you can imagine. The “Concierge” feature suggests playlists for activities based on the day of the week, the time of day, and your mood. If you want to explore more options, the “Explore” tab allows you to find playlists based on genres, activities, moods, decades, culture, and record-store clerk. Each of those categories has sub-categories, and each of those sub-categories has three suggested playlists. Each playlist has a description, lists a few of the artists included in that playlist, and shows similar playlists. If you’re still unable to find a playlist that you want to listen to, you can search for a playlist by artist name. You can also check out Songza’s featured playlists, the playlists that are currently trending, and their most popular playlists of all time. You’re given the option to “star” a playlist, which adds it to the “My Playlists” tab, making it easy to find later. Songza also lets you set alarms for playlists, has the thumbs up/thumbs down option, and allows you to turn on HQ sound, which it bases off what kind of headphones you have plugged into your device.
All three of these apps are guaranteed to satisfy your musical needs throughout the day. You’ll listen to music that fits your mood, while also discovering new music – and possibly even re-discovering some old favorites.
Michelle is an aspiring writer who currently freelances for a company that sells deer deterrents. When she’s not working she loves writing about anything and everything and blogs as much as she can. She loves that blogging allows her to share her writing with an unlimited audience.