We all know that music is subjective and there really is no accounting for taste – after all somebody must be buying those Jedwood records. But whilst we may bicker over what’s best, whether it’s punk, drum and bass, or Industrial Tibetan Yak-horn, the one thing anyone with an ear for organised-audio will agree to is that digital music tends to sound rubbish. Compressed and depressed, digital audio files lack the warmth and depth of their old analogue equivalents. And if you’re an Apple eater, you’re stuck with it… But not so with open Android!
So, wise Android chooser, if you’re sick of the flat, lifeless sound of your limp library, lend your ear to this little lot to not only fine tune your tunes but also open your eyes to a whole new world of app-osite recommendations and sonorous superiority. If music be the food of love, rock on…
Making otherwise lacklustre tinny tunes sound like the big, beefy audio experiences they were meant to be, Poweramp not only handles all forms of sound format files, but also boasts a 10 band graphic equiliser, bass and tremble adjusters, stereo eXpansion, mono mixing and even crossfade to really transform your tunes.
In essence, this is iTunes for your Android, letting you take control of all your music, podcasts and favoured radio stations in one easy app. Organise, add artwork (legally), make new smart playlists, sync all existing playlists over Wi-Fi (even iTunes), and stream wirelessly to other devices. doubleTwist is audio excellence in an app.
The undoubted king of the music streaming services, Spotify gives you instant access to over 15 million tracks to listen to and share with friends. Make playlists, stream online, enjoy offline, sync with your own music library and even send your tracks to Facebook to let all your ‘friends’ be awestruck by your incredible musical taste. Free to download and use, pay the subs, lose the ads and get full-access – worth every penny.
A cunning music recommendation service that could save your ears from X Factor unpleasantness forever, Last.FM lets you search for artists you like, listen to their ‘radio’ comprised of a blend of their own tracks along with those of other, similarly styled artists, until the app builds up a picture of your particular musical leanings and only plays music tailored to your taste. The perfect reason to turn off Radio 1. Other than Moyles.
We’ve all suffered from it: you hear a snippet of a song, or even hear someone quote one line of a lyric, and you spend the rest of the day in mental torment as you try to place it. Well, thanks to the gods of gadgetry, that’s no longer an issue. Open Sound Hound, play it said snippet, type in the overheard lyric or even just hum your misplaced music in and SoundHound will identify it for you in mere seconds. In-ear-genious.