For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found nine great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included nine Apps for Music Junkies in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.
This week’s category is: Apps for Music Junkies
1. VEVO HD (Free) – This app reminds me a lot of YouTube if only it were easier to watch music videos there these days VEVO HD advertises itself as being “the web’s number one premium music video and entertainment service” and that couldn’t be closer to the truth. With a library of over 45,000 videos by over 11,000 artists, the strength of this app is in the easy to navigate categories and simple way to share your favorites with friends. While the videos download in this app, enjoy little bits of trivia that appear on your iPad screen.
2. Shazam for iPad (Free) – Shazam is the ultimate companion for anybody who loves music, particularly those people who know what they like when they hear it… but can’t for the life of them remember who the artist is (if you even knew in the first place). Let Shazam listen to the track you have playing right now and it will let you know everything and everything about it. Social media features within the app let you find out what others are listening to, giving you a helping hand in discovering your new favorite song.
3. ROCK BAND Reloaded ($4.99) – Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you have at least heard about ROCK BAND. While it may have started as a console game where you play on pseudo-realistic instruments, it has made the move to the iPad and it is equally awesome. Whether you feel a strong need to bond with your inner Billy Idol by tapping out a little “White Wedding” or you never got over your crush on the boys from Duran Duran (don’t judge me) and want to embrace “Hungry Like the Wolf”, ROCK BAND is very entertaining and challenging enough to keep you playing.
4. SiriusXM Internet Radio (Free) – I am virtually guaranteeing that once you start listening to satellite radio you won’t be able to turn back. With a station for just about every interest, the SiriusXM Internet Radio app can hook you up with great music, anywhere, anytime –and best of all, it is free for current subscribers! My favorite feature of the app is the ability to go back in time (up to 5 hours, in fact) and listen to previously aired content (you can also pause content while it is playing so you don’t miss a thing while you are listening).
5. Pandora Radio (Free) – Pandora led the way many years ago with our introduction to personalized radio. To get started you enter the name of one of your favorite artists and then let the journey begin! The app is free and full featured, but a subscription to Pandora One (USD $3.99 a month) will improve your experience by removing any adds, giving fewer interruptions and a variety of custom skins. One of the best features is the ability to create different stations that stem from different genres depending on your mood.
6. Singit! Your music, with lyrics. (Free) – Do you sing along to every song that you hear and get the lyrics wrong every single time? Whether you actually want to learn the lyrics to your favorite hit tune or you are wondering exactly what the lead singer is saying during a particular lyric, Singit! will help you by listening to the music you have playing and displaying the corresponding lyrics on your iPad. The beauty of this app is that you do not need to have an active Internet connection after your initial download.
7. Anytune – Slow Down Your Music (Free) – This is a really unique app that you will wonder how you lived without if you are a musician or a singer and learning new tunes. Anytune makes it easy to slow down the tempo, adjust the pitch, and repeat loops for your favorite songs –all things that could also be helpful to learn a new dance, transcribe text or even learn a foreign language. Anytune will play any audio file in your library, with the unfortunate exception of those protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM).
8. BandMate: Concert Tipster HD ($2.99) – By scanning the artists with music stored on your iPad, BandMate will create a customized calendar of upcoming concerts and music releases based on your favorites. Additional features give you links to the artist’s website, watch their videos, look at photographs and read biography information. If they are touring with other artists, those groups will also be profiled and easy to navigate –or just view the venue and see who else is heading that way. I love that you can give each band a personal rating so you can remember how you felt when you go back later.
9. Groovebug (Free) – Want to read more about your favorite artists? Let Groovebug scan your music library and compile a beautiful interactive digital magazine completely personalized to you and your interests (generating content by searching the Internet for any information that exists for those artists). Acting also as a wonderful discovery engine, this app can help you to find your next favorite while learning everything there is to know about them.
Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.