We're slowly getting to the point where music apps are bridging the gap between useful and cool. While plenty allow you to share music from device to device, others, such as the Central Park app, gives you a soundtrack to stroll around Central Park to, should you need one. Overall, it's making for an interesting era, where your smartphone can do practically anything. 5. MTIshows: If you're a fan of musicals, this is an app you have to have. In fact, it's probably one of very few apps even available to you. MTIshows aggregates Music Theatre International licensed productions, full of clips from shows, biographies and plot synopses, all while providing you with a list of productions going on in your area. It's remarkably helpful for die-hard musical theatre fans and will ensure you won't miss a show. 4. Animoog: Generally speaking we don't highlight too many music making apps, but Animoog is too damn good to pass up. It's iPad only, but right now, you can score it for only 99¢, which is pretty amazing, considering it's going to bump up to $30 by the middle of next month. It's a Moog too, officially licensed and sanctioned, so if you don't have a couple grand to pony up for a real one, this is your best option. 3. Sprd the Note: One thing Zune owners have been raving about is the ability to swap music from Zune to Zune over a Wi-Fi connection. Now iPhone users can get in on the action with Sprd the Note. It's technically billed as a means for artists to distribute songs directly to fans, but considering you can pull any song from your iTunes library, it can easily be used the same way as a Zune. All you need is for two devices with the app installed, and you'll be swapping music immediately. 2. GMusic: Google hasn't offered up a good official means to listen to your Google Music, which is why some enterprising individual went ahead and made an app to access your account. You can stream all your music you have on the Google Cloud and it's surprisingly quick and easy to use. It's not as good as a free, official app, but for the time being, it'll work just fine. 1. Central Park (Listen to the Light): If you're planning on taking a trip to New York, you'll want to snag this app before you go. Created by the band Bluebrain, it's a location-based album, so you have to be there for the app to work, but once you are, you're provided with a custom made soundtrack that changes based on where you're standing in the park. It's a remarkably interesting way to create an album, and we're sure you'll be blown away by it when in use.
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