Android: The Hype Machine is one of our favorite streaming services for great new music, and thanks to its new Android app, you can take all of those great tunes with you on the go and listen anytime.
The Android version of the Hype Machine app has been in beta for a long time now, but we've been testing it for a while and it works really well. It's not specifically data hungry, but you still get great audio quality, tons of music to choose from, and access to all of the features you'd get from the Hype Machine website. You can keep up with your friends, check out your favorite music blogs that feed into Hype Machine, browse specific genres if you're in the mood for something specific, see your playback history and songs you've favorited (and replay any of them at any time), or check out the Album Premiere area just to hear brand new music.
The best thing about the app is that it's as interactive as you want. You can just tap play on a playlist or category and let the music glow (like I do when I'm driving), or hop around scrolling through tracks, searching for artists or songs, and playing just what you want to hear. As always, the "What's New" and "Popular" sections are front and center so you can hear the best of the service without digging too deeply.
You'll want a Hype Machine account to keep track of your favorites and things (although the app will remember them even if you don't have an account), but that—unlike the app—is completely free. The app itself will set you back $4. If you're looking for a free option, try UberHype. We've mentioned it before, and it packs in many of the same features.