Music apps are quickly taking over our smartphones, turning music into toys, productivity tools and providing free tunes no matter where we are. This week, we've got a few great ways to find music and stream it, plus one of the best score readers for iPad yet.
5. Sync:Stream (iOS) Sync:Stream does one thing well: It streams your music across a DLNA-compatible network to any device that supports it. What that means is that you can stream music from you iPhone or iPod Touch directly to your PS3, Xbox, connected TV, Blu-Ray player and plenty of other devices, with no complex setup or additional equipment. Plain and simple -- and it works.
4. Tonara (iOS) There have been a few music-reading apps for iPad so far, but none have had the amazing capabilities of Tonara. The app itself is free, with music scores costing between $1 and $4, depending on the composer. The kicker, the thing that makes it really interesting, is that it automatically turns the page for you while you're playing, using polyphonic pitch detection. No more licking your finger and flipping pages.
3. Kazaa (iOS) If you're getting a bit of a flashback, that's because Kazaa used to be on the premier P2P file-sharing apps on desktop computers. Now they're going legit, with a music-streaming service. Yes, we've had a bit too many streaming services popping up recently, but if you've got a soft spot for the Kazaa name, it's worth checking out for the seven-day free trial.
2. Metafy (iOS) You know what sucks about Spotify? Finding music to listen to. Metafy solves some of that problem by combining Metacritic's expansive review aggregation service with Spotify's catalogue. Popping open the app, you can search through new releases and look at the best albums of any years past. It's not exactly about discovering new things, but it does do a good job of keeping track of what's coming out and what's getting critical acclaim.
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1. Songza (iOS, Android) Songza is all about playlists. Pop open the app, and you'll have access to hundreds of curated playlists divided up into a variety of genres, activities and moods. There are no listening limits, ads or anything else to distract you from what really matters: getting down and dirty with some good music. The curated lists ensure you'll find new music no matter how much you listen.