Music Apps For The iPhone 4S

When it comes to music features on a smartphone, the iPhone 4S reigns supreme. Thanks to its integration with other Apple products like iTunes and its built in iPod functionality, it has everything a music lover could want from a mobile phone.

However, there are of course a large number of additional apps which can be downloaded from the music category in the AppStore. In this article I will take you through some of the top music apps available which can enhance the functionality of the iPhone 4S as a music phone.

Shazam
Have you ever been in a situation where you hear a song you like but don’t know the title or artist so you can get it at a later date? This is where the Shazam app comes in. The app works by ‘listening’ to a sample of the song, and it will then access an online database of music which consists of millions of songs to find a match. If a match is successfully found, the details such as the title, artist and album will be displayed. Also, there will be a link which takes you to that song on the phone’s iTunes where you can download it directly to the phone. The app is very simple to use. When you hear a song you wish to identify, simply open the app and hold it to the source of the music (e.g. a speaker). The app will then require a few second to identify the song and it will then access the database and display the described results. The free version of Shazam comes with a monthly limit of ten uses. If you become a frequent user of the app, you can choose to upgrade to the paid version. This costs £0.69 and allows unlimited uses. For its low price, I recommend this app, especially if you have ever found yourself in the aforementioned situation where you wish to identify a song.

TuneIn Radio
There are many radio apps available in the AppStore, but TuneIn radio is among the most popular. This app offers much more than the usual functions found on most radio apps, hence its popularity. First off, it has one of the biggest catalogues of available radio stations, with over 50,000 from all over the world. These are sorted by genre, region etc, making it easy to find what you are looking for. Because of the dual-core processor in the iPhone 4S you can multi task, whereby you can have the app running in the background, listening to a radio station while you are using other apps, browsing the web for example. TuneIn radio also allows you to search all available stations for a particular song which is currently playing, and even allows you to pause a live stream for up to 30 minutes. It is features like these which set TuneIn radio apart from the others. If you listen to the radio on your iPhone 4S, or wish to start then I highly recommend the TuneIn Radio app.

As you can see, there is much more to the iPhone 4S and its music attributes than just the apps which are included as standard. If you take the time to browse the music category of the AppStore, you are sure to find many apps which suit your needs, and enhance your iPhone 4S music experience.

Free Music Identification Software For Your Computer, Blackberry Or iPhone

Free music identification software(search engines) comes in several different platforms, operating under several different parameters depending on your needs. It can be be windows/Macintosh compatible via download, it can be web based via your browser, or it can be downloaded to your cell phone, particularly iPhone or blackberry.

But why would I want or need it? What does it do? How does it work?

All great questions which I will endeavor to answer. In a nutshell, this software enables you to obtain the title, artist, and album name for a song you’ve heard/are hearing but don’t know.

Let’s say in the process of recording for example internet radio(which I happen to do a lot), you may have been multitasking and weren’t as mindful of the track info as you should, and missed it. Music identification software can help obtain this for you.

You may be driving, and hear a song on the radio. Open the cell phone app, and hold your phone near a speaker for 10+ seconds or so, and the app will name it for you.

What if you can only hum, whistle, or sing a part of the song?…to quote the t.v. commercial “There’s an app for that”, and it’s not only for the iPhone.

You can also clean up misnamed/unnamed tracks in your music library.

This kind of software works by enabling you to access a particular music database. Digital music, or music in general has a signature which is called a “fingerprint”, which the software can read, and then compare with what is contained in its’ aforementioned database. The fingerprint can be based on parameters such as: melody(voice), rhythm,a sample played on a virtual instrument, melodic contour, beat/tapping et.al. It can then relay that info on to you…and the kicker is they’re mostly free!

However, let’s not get too excited and infer too rosy a picture. All the software/databases have limitations, and areas of specialty. These are after all just some more tools, albeit very useful ones.

Most Popular Free Android Apps

This list of the most popular free Android apps run the whole gamut, showing the range and the power of free Android apps in general. These apps can really turn your Android phone into a stronger and more helpful device. Surely, you wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity? Here are ten of the most popular free Android apps available:

Compass

In a way, it would be very surprising if a run-of-the-mill compass app was on this list. Well, it’s not and this Android app is far more than a mere tool to tell you which way is north. To name a few of the features this app brings to the table will be enough to sell most on the idea that it’s a practical, handy app to have on their Android phone. Essentially this is a half compass, half GPS Android app. It tells you the direction, but it also tells you the speed at which you’re traveling, the exact coordinates of your location and more things that can be used for fun or to potentially save your life if you’re trapped somewhere.

Handcent SMS

Do you want to send SMS and MMS messages through your Android phone? Don’t get what I’m asking? More simply: do you text? If you do, you need to get Handcent SMS for Android. Basically, it takes your phone to entirely new level and texting dimension. Trust me, when you’ve used this app for a while, you’ll wonder how you lived without it for so long!

Facebook

I really shouldn’t have to say a single word about this app. I do feel it’s necessary to say that it’s the *Official Facebook App for Android*. Enough said!

Ringdroid

Perhaps one of the most hands-on free Android apps, Ringdroid allows you to edit various audio files so you can create your own ringtones and alarms. Tired of editing songs to create your own ringtone? Well, they’ve thought of that too! You can create ringtones for your Android phone from scratch as well (using the Ringdroid app on your phone).

Places Directory

This Android app does exactly what it sounds like. It allows you to find the nearest gas station, shopping mall, shoe store, movie theater, or even a great place for a burger. It is simple to use yet very efficient and effective: a must-have Android application!

Backgrounds

Do you want to keep your phone looking new and fresh every so often? Get Backgrounds, one of the most popular free Android apps that has more than 10,000 wallpapers for free. With this app, your phone will never look drab again.

Google Sky Map

Probably not the most useful on this list, but it’s definitely one of the most interesting. The Google Sky Map is exactly that: a planetarium right inside your Android phone. What’s more? No need to say more than it’s a Google program!

Astro File Manager

You wouldn’t know it from this app’s name, but Astro File Manager is among the top most popular free Android apps. It is a task manager and among Android’s best one at that. You will be able to manage files, read and open.zip files, send files, backup applications and much more with this amazing app.

Barcode Scanner

Perhaps one of the most ingenious free Android apps on this list, this bar code scanner app lets you access prices, reviews, and other related files by scanning the barcodes on various items in stores and elsewhere. Most importantly for Android phone users, it will easily decode the QR Codes attached to Android apps that you find all over many of the Android websites online. Just download this free app, click the icon and take a quick snapshot of an app’s QR Code. Next thing you know, you’ll be at the Android Market again, but this time at that app’s info and download page!

Shazam

Everyone loves music; well most of us love it. I’m guessing if you haven’t heard of Shazam and what it does by now, you’re probably part of the minority. If that’s the case, this app will nearly instantly identify songs playing, even in noisy environments. That’s the core of Shazam, but luckily for all of us, it’s spawned into much more than that! You’ll just have to download it (for free) to see all of the possibilities!