1. Listen to the radio
Almost all the world’s radio stations in one place, TuneIn lets you listen to 70,000 live radio stations and around two million podcasts. You could listen to a different station every day for the rest of your life, and there’s not much more to say other than that.
Free, iOS, Android
2. Garage tape
Turn your phone into a portable recording studio with the app version of Apple’s hugely successful Garageband program. Although one band, The Ultramods, used the app to record an entire album, most musicians will find the app a convenient way to listen to rehearsal sessions and experiment with song structures.
For live music lovers, Songkick is a dream app. It creates a personalized concert schedule based on your music library and notifies you when your favorite bands are playing.
Free, iOS, Android
4. shot down
Break free from iTunes with this app that lets you download and listen to your favorite podcasts without having to sync with your computer. Browse, download, rename podcasts and create smart playlists to organize your listening library.
5. Twitter #music
For those who feel the need to live-tweet every waking moment, this music app from the makers of Twitter will be a welcome addition to their smartphone. The app displays tweets with each track, and you can engage in conversation as you listen.
A beautifully designed musical game where you create a symphony by bouncing different colored shapes on the screen. Designed by FingerLabs, who have also designed applications based on drum machines and guitar pedals, it’s a quiet and harmonious game that will appeal to music and production geeks.
7. Hunting dog
The ultimate music search engine, Soundhound lets you search for songs by singing, humming, typing or playing the song. Once recognized, you get the complete works; lyrics, videos, ringtones and links to iTunes.
It’s a must for rhythm junkies and producers who can’t go a minute without wanting to play around with new sounds. It gives you a drum, bass, and lead synth and drum beat programmer that you can tweak at your fingertips to your heart’s content.
A music player to challenge the limitations of the default iPhone music app. Panamp lets you create dynamic “queues” of your favorite tracks on the go, find related information about your tracks as you browse your library, and “Power Search” all at once.
10. Discover music
Discovr is an enticing proposition for anyone who wants to discover new music. Follow your favorite bands and this well-designed app will bring you all their music, videos and photos, and lead you to new artists via its intriguing mind map feature.