With thousands of music apps for iPhone to choose from, picking out useful ones can be a challenge. Here are some suggestions for apps that music lovers would enjoy.
Shazam is an app that can identify music, whether it is being played on the iPhone or from another source. It provides the artist, title and a link to iTunes download. This is a must-have app for anyone who likes to build his or her music library.
This almost-real playable acoustic guitar app is available for 99 cents. Users can play the guitar strings on the touch screen and play acoustic guitar or apply a variety of effects. Aside from the tactile feedback of a real guitar, playing PocketGuitar is surprisingly similar to playing the real instrument. PocketGuitar has the advantage of being easy to carry and inexpensive. Guitar enthusiasts will definitely want to try this app.
3. Slacker Radio
Slacker Radio is a free downloadable streaming radio app with a massive music library. Customizable radio stations complete the package. Basically any iPhone user is likely to enjoy using Slacker Radio for their free internet radio needs.
Pandora is a free streaming internet radio service that also has an app for iPhone. Users can start new radio stations using a song or band title, and Pandora will produce new songs that might belong on the same station. Users can give every song a thumbs up or thumbs down to keep or reject the song from the radio station. Custom stations can be shared with friends and played on iPhone or computer.
Last.fm is another streaming internet radio service that can be used on the iPhone or online. Last.fm makes personalized music recommendations and offers information such as tour dates for your favorite bands. Unlike Pandora and Slacker Radio, Last.fm does not restrict the rate at which you can skip songs.
6. I Am T-Pain
I Am T-Pain is the first app that can autotune the user’s voice when singing into the phone. People who love rap, hip hop and karaoke will not want to miss this one.
7. Tap Tap Revenge Tour
Tap Tap Revenge Tour is a rhythm in the vein of Dance Dance Revolution, Amplitude and Rock Band, only shrunk down to an iPhone app instead of a full console game. Rhythm games translate well to the touchscreen interface, and any fan of music or rhythm games would probably enjoy this free app download.
8. Magic Piano
Magic Piano is another rhythm game which lets users play songs by hitting the moving abstract white glowing dots. Fans of rhythm and music games would enjoy trying out this free app.
The number of music apps for the iPhone may be daunting, but some quick research can tell you what to try and what to avoid. Share your favorite music apps with other music lovers, friends and family this holiday season, and help them get the most out of their iPhones or iPods.
Christina Daniel loves music and has built a portal where you can download software apps for free called DownloadHaus – where you can download Audacity for free.