In case you didn’t know, this year’s Lollapalooza single day tickets have already sold out (sorry to burst your bubble). Since 1991 this festival has become a summer staple for many youth. Unfortunately not all of us have the time or money to travel thousands of miles to South America this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a plethora of music at any time you’d like.
To help get you into the groove while you’re at work, driving, or just hanging out in your room, these apps will have you singing sweet nothing.
TuneIn Radio allows you to listen to not just local radio stations, but worldwide radio stations. A selection of podcasts, news and more are also available at your disposal. This is my favorite app and I recommend getting the paid version if you’d like to record radio stations (yes, record podcasts and songs for playback at any time and for any length) or select a channel to fall sleep and wake up to.
Pandora is another radio app that many people adore. Just pick a song, artist or genre and Pandora will create a personalized station based upon your selection. The sound quality is great and there are controls on the lock screen so that you can control the app without unlocking your device. However it’s not optimized for jelly bean or ice cream sandwich, so you won’t be able to control the app by pulling down your notification window. My guess is that many people won’t mind that missing feature until they see it done on another device, such as the Nexus 4.
iHeartRadio enables you to listen to live radio streams, set a station to play as your alarm clock and creates personalized specific play lists similar to Pandora. A standout feature of the app is the ‘perfect for’ feature. All you have to do is pick a station that corresponds to what you’re doing (driving, working, cleaning, etc) and you’ll hear music that accompanies your situation.
There’s no way I could leave this app out. Not only does Spotify allow you to listen to customized playlists and radio stations, but it also enables you to listen to your own music library in its entirety (for a fee). It’s kind of like having a radio, the internet and all of your CDs/albums/vinyl/tapes all in your pocket at once.
Google Play Music All Access
Google now has its own cloud based music streaming service and, after having used it, I have to say that it’s pretty impressive. For $9.99 per month you gain access to Google’s entire music collection for unlimited streaming. Searching for your favorite artist, song or album is handled very well and you can even share the songs with those who are in your Google+ circles. Any song within Google’s catalog can be added to your own library so that it’s easier to find later. If you’re really in the mood to listen to a specific type of music, just select a song and Google’s Radio feature will create a custom playlist based upon it. The radio selects timeless songs that will definitely bring back some memories for you. Try it out now free for 30 days.