I don’t know about, but when I’m listening to music I tend to pick tracks that reflect the kind of mood I’m in. If I’m happy I have a playlist of upbeat music; if I’m sad I have a playlist to try and make me feel better. However, I often have times when I’m not sure which music to listen to. That’s the problem Stereomood aims to solve.
Stereomood is a free music app that lets you choose between tracks depending on the mood you’re in. It saves you the hassle of searching, while also introducing you to new music!
Upon loading the app you have the choice to log in with either Facebook or a new Stereomood account. Both are quick and easy, allowing you to quickly enjoy the kind of music you want to listen to. Once you’ve logged in you’re brought to a scrolling display of activities and moods – such as Sunday Morning, Studying, and Calm. Selecting any of these will take you to a relevant playlist.
The opening screen!
At the bottom of this page you have three different tabs. The first resembles a person and asks you to make a profile description. Here you can type in a personal phrase and your zodiac sign and select the country that you’re from. I don’t actually know whether the app does anything with this information other than display it on your profile; I believe it may be part of building your “Emotional Profile.”
Filling in the details!
The next tab brings up a list of all the moods – I will cover this in depth later – and the final tab gives you the ability to change the settings. Overall, it’s a simple yet effective home screen which doesn’t overcrowd you.
The home screen
Selecting Your Mood
The moods list presents you with a much wider variety of playlists compared to the scrolling words on the main screen. Selecting the word “Studying” instantly took me to a music player and started a song called Flight by Hidden Orchestra – a fun and energetic rhythm.
The music player is simple and well organized, with all the buttons you’d expect. There’s also a Tag button which allows you to save your favorite moods, a Stop button which skips to the next song, and a Heart to add a song to your “likes”. Once you start listening to a playlist, that’s it – it will continue to play even if you close the app.
Music player and queue
Selecting the tab at the bottom brings up your queue of songs which have been selected. For me, this is around 100 songs – more than enough to keep me going. I should note that all of these songs are streamed directly to your device, so none of these are actually stored in your internal memory. As I look now at how much memory this app actually takes up, its only a tiny 7MB.
Sharing and More
On every song which is playing you can tap the More button above the image. From here, you can buy songs and gain information about the song you’re listening to – which is quick way to explore further – and can also share the song you’re listening to via the standard Share menu.
One thing I really loved was that the music isn’t just from a specific country; it’s from all over the world. As a constant listener of music, this has allowed me to access different tracks which I would have never been exposed to. Which is great! Indulging myself into a different countries’ music is great, and makes me feel like I’m part of something much bigger.
The whole mood selection!
If you’re an Android tablet user this app is very visually pleasing. I’ve downloaded this onto my HTC Wildfire S and my Nexus 7, and there’s a huge difference. On my phone the UI looks cramped and restricted, but on my Nexus it felt and looked fantastic.
In conclusion, Stereomood is a fantastic app which I truly love. Its simple design and quick navigation accompanied by a great concept makes me unable to fault it. I can use this on a regular basis without taking much time out of my day – which is what I really look for most. It’s a great application that’s easy to use.