4 Apps Every Music Lover Should Have

Music has been a part of human culture almost since the very dawn of man. Over several millennia, it has evolved and transformed to become what it is today, and it will be a huge part of our lives until the very end of human existence.

Music is very different now than it was hundreds or thousands of years ago, and part of the reason for that is technology. Technological advancements have improved the way we create, produce, and listen to music, and our phones play a big part in that. Most people use their smartphones to listen to and discover music, but they can enhance our musical experiences in a massive variety of ways.

If you are a music lover and a phone user – two categories that most of humankind fall into – then there are several mobile apps you should be aware of. Here are four of the best.


It’s impossible to compile a list of the best music apps without giving Spotify an honorable mention. Spotify is one of the best-loved music streaming services out there, giving you access to millions of songs, artists, and podcasts, all for a reasonable monthly fee. It also offers aspiring musicians a chance to upload their music and promote their songs to a wider audience.


Have you ever been watching a movie or walking through a store when you hear a fantastic song that you’ve never heard before? If so, you’ll know the struggle of trying to decipher the lyrics and remember them for long enough that you can Google them and try to work out what the song is. Enter Shazam. Shazam is a brilliant app that lets you instantly figure out what song you are listening to. Simply download the app, hold your phone near to the source of the music, and it will instantly browse its song database to tell you what you’re listening to. You can find songs with Shazam on PC, or you can download the app to your smartphone. 


If you are the kind of person who loves going to concerts and music festivals, then Bandsintown is the perfect app for you. All you need to do is input your favorite bands and musicians, and the app will send you a notification whenever these artists announce a gig in a venue near you. It will also send you a handy link to purchase tickets for you and your friends. You can track your favorite musicians across the country, and it suggests other performers you might be interested in based on your current preferences.


Despite what many people say, radio is not dead. If you like listening to music on the radio yet don’t have one particular favourite station, TuneIn is the answer you’re looking for. It allows you to tune in to any radio station around the world, all from a single app. There are over 100,000 million stations and 5.7 million podcasts on its database, so you are guaranteed to discover something new.

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