Music apps

Apple Music Apps – Revised

There’s a lot to like about Apple Music. It works great on all your Apple devices (with decent cross-platform support), it delivers hi-fi sound, and it’s also a bit more Privacy-focused than other apps. That said, it lags behind Spotify, Napster, and other music apps on several fronts, namely algorithmic recommendations. Luckily, the App Store has a robust ecosystem of third-party Apple Music apps that can enhance the experience with nicer interfaces, better recommendations, and even new features you might not have encountered on Spotify. . Here are our favorites.

Albums

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Even if you prefer listening to music by album rather than by playlist, it can be difficult to keep track of every album you’ve saved in your growing streaming library. Albums is an application dedicated to sorting your library by recording, rather than by artist, song or playlist. It pulls in all the albums you’ve saved to your library in the app and lets you tap on each one to play it, tag it for granular organization, show more from the artist, or view your listening stats for that registration.

However, much of that is locked under a $2 per month premium subscription. It’s not much, but if you don’t want to subscribe, you can always use the app to shuffle your library by album rather than by song. It’s a good way to rediscover old gems or finally listen to that album from a few years ago that you wanted to access.

Marvis Pro

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Marvis Pro is a better looking reskin of the Apple Music app) and it is a more powerful version of the Apple app. For example, you can drag songs or albums to the now playing bar to add them to your queue, rather than having to add them via a bunch of taps like you do in the app. Apple Music.

Plus, Apple Music recommendations take a while to get a feel for your tastes (pro tip: the more songs you “like” on Apple Music, the better the recs). While you’re waiting for that to happen, the Apple-provided algorithmic home screen might feel a bit outdated because there’s no cool album art to fill it. But the Marvis Pro home screen is completely customizable and you can add as many sections as you want in any arrangement that suits you.

There are sections for recently played songs or albums, songs you’ve “liked”, songs you haven’t played in a while, Apple Music recommendations, top charts, and search. You can build it however you like, and the ability to link directly to some of Apple Music’s recommendations means you won’t miss much from the main app. However, you can always go back to the main app for more recordings, as Marvis needs them to access your library.

You can also use Marvis to get details about songs and albums in your library, filter playlists and songs based on various custom rules, create custom grid views of playlists and albums, browse ( or follow) the songs you listen to in Last. fm, and add a five-star rating (Apple Music only lets you “like” songs). My favorite feature is its ability to shuffle all the songs from all your playlists, which comes in handy when I don’t know what to listen to and just want to sift through everything I’ve recorded over the years in a few clicks. .

Mixum

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If you need a long mix of music to accompany you on a long road trip, or just like to mix your sources, Mixum gives you a way to shuffle your library’s playlists and albums into unique mixes using a combination of powerful filters and rules.

To create a mix, you just need to select any number of sources, which can be all the songs in your library or any playlist you’ve created or followed. (You can also exclude sources.) After selecting your sources, you can create a number of rules for the app to filter all of your sources. So if you have ten 80s playlists that you want to combine into a decade-long mega-mix, you can add a rule to not duplicate a given artist to avoid too much repetition. You can even create rules to exclude songs you haven’t “liked” on Apple Music if you only want to play hits.

SmartMusic

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If you miss the days of flipping through the booklets that come with your favorite CDs to find all the credits, SmartMusic can help you scratch that itch without having to jump to Wikipedia. MusicSmart works through iOS Share Sheetso you trigger it by tapping the little three-dot menu next to an album or song on Apple Music, then selecting “Share.”

Selecting “Show details with MusicSmart” will show you a description of the song, writing and production credits, as well as credits for each instrument on the track. It will even show you if other songs have sampled the track you’re playing and if anyone has covered the song. There’s also a section to take you straight to the video clip on YouTube, and a section for all the sources used to extract the data.

You can also view album information directly in the app if you’ve saved it to your library, although there aren’t many sorting options if you have a large library. There is also a music recognition function, which acts as a boost engine Shazam it will bring out all those background details about the song that was on the tip of your tongue.

MusicPort

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Ideally, there would be a way to automatically get notified whenever a new album from your favorite artist drops on Apple Music. Unfortunately, this hasn’t made it into the app yet. There is however music portan application by an independent developer Marcos Tanaka which can help you stay up to date with the latest music.

With your Spotify or Apple Music account, you can sync all the artists in your streaming library to MusicHarbor (or enter them manually if you want a more curated selection) and get notified whenever they release new music.

There’s also an option to follow a record label if you’re a fan of what they support and want to discover new artists that way.

Music Box

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Sometimes you come across an album you want to go back to in the middle of a jam session. I used to deal with this by having a “To Listen” folder of playlists on Spotify, but that was clunky and I don’t use Spotify anymore.

Until recently there was no app for this, but Marcos Tanaka’s new app Music Box precisely solves this problem. Think of it like Instapaper for your music library: Whenever you come across an album that looks interesting but you can’t listen to right now, you can drop it into MusicBox and save it for later.

Once you’ve added an album, you can add tags to organize albums by things like year, album length, genre, or who recommended the album to you. You can also view a decent amount of album metadata from MusicBox, although MusicSmart is better at the finer details.

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