10 Must Have Music Apps from @colinize

Mar 30, 2011

My friend Colin loves music. But he’s not your Top 40 music charts listener. He’s known for finding music I’ve never heard of and seeing local bands on the weekend. I got a peek inside his music folder to find out how he finds new music and listens to the music he already has.

Pandora – Free Music & Radio

Pandora is a genius personalized radio that learns what you like and lets you create your own stations. You can pick from your favorite artist, song or as broad as a genre and give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down as you go. Fun discovery tool that allows you to feel like your own DJ.



Use Last.fm to track the music you and your friends have been playing. Get music recommendations wherever you are based on the music you’re listening. If you opt to turn it on the Last.fm app has a “scrobble” option that will share what song you are listening to on your Last.fm social music profile. Last.fm is also great for finding music events near you.


Shazam – Discover music, artists, videos & lyrics

I don’t think I will ever grow tired of the wonders that is Shazam. Want to know what song that is playing in a movie? How about in a bar? On your radio? Shazam! Press the listen button and the app will tell you the name of the song, artist and album. I have yet to figure out how it works but I continue to be impressed.


TuneWiki – Lyrics with Music

TuneWiki is a social music player that plays your favorite music (songs, internet radio, and music videos) with timed, subtitled lyrics. – Love this idea! There are certain songs that I just can not figure out what they are saying. Problem solved.

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92 WICB (91.7 FM) – Ithaca College Radio – The Station For Innovation

I am thoroughly impressed that Colin lives in Texas and can listen to the radio station of his Alma-mater all the way in Ithaca, NY. And apparently this radio station won #1 in 2010 Princeton Review for Best College Radio Station.


SoundHound + hands-free with “OK Hound” | Search, Discover and Play Music

You can ID songs blazing fast, search by singing, see lyrics, and browse artists to your heart’s content. Best part is there is no limit to the number of song “tests” you want to run. I think I might have to try out the singing feature to see just how well that works. I didn’t know it could ID songs based on voice. I wonder how well if works if someone is a terrible singer!


SiriusXM Radio – Music, Talk, Comedy, Sports & More

when local radio stations are not enough SiriusXM radio expands your music (and news) listening choices. With over 120 channels, there’s got to be something for everyone. Something I forgot to ask… does Colin listen to the Howard Stern show.


TuneIn Radio Pro – Stream MLB, NHL, NFL, Audiobooks, News, Talk, Podcasts & Music

this app is new to me and woowie does it certainly fall in the “must have” category. Listen to and record over 40,000 radio stations including thousands of AM/FM local stations. This is a LOT of stations. TuneIn was rated in Top 40 in 2010 by TechCrunch. You can play radio stations, podcasts, mp3s. There are other cool features like search by keyword, sleep timer, alarm (waking up to music is much more fun than beeping), and even buy the currently playing song.

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Vevo – Watch Music Videos

when you want some videos to go along with your music love Vevo is the answer. Watch your favorite music videos wherever and whenever now with VEVO’s free high-quality music videos. You can create and save custom playlists, discover new music, and play music trivia with VEVO.


SoundCloud – Music & Audio

Record, listen and share your sounds on the go with SoundCloud iPhone. With the official SoundCloud iPhone app you can capture your sound and share it privately or publicly on Facebook, Twitter, or even Foursquare. You will need a SoundCloud account to use this free app.


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