If the only music apps currently sitting on your trusty mobile are the standard twosome of Spotify and Shazam, we hate to tell you that you’re really missing out. Whether you know it or not, there’s a veritable galaxy of exciting, interesting, and useful music apps just waiting for you to hit ‘Download’.
Wanna know what samples were used on the latest Wu-Tang Clan album? There’s an app for that. Wanna know when the artists in your music collection are coming to town? There’s an app for that. Wanna find a guitar tab for any song you can think of? There’s an… well, you get the picture.
In order to help our beloved readers navigate the often confusing and convoluted app-verse and hip you to some awesome music apps that would be a great addition to any music-lover’s arsenal, we’ve decided to give a rundown of what we think are the coolest music apps that aren’t Spotify or Shazam.
If the only music apps currently sitting on your trusty mobile are the standard twosome of Spotify and Shazam, we hate to tell you that you're really missing out. Whether you know it or not, there's a veritable galaxy of exciting, interesting, and useful music apps just waiting for you to hit 'Download'.

Wanna know what samples were used on the latest Wu-Tang Clan album? There's an app for that. Wanna know when the artists in your music collection are coming to town? There's an app for that. Wanna find a guitar tab for any song you can think of? There's an... well, you get the picture.

In order to help our beloved readers navigate the often confusing and convoluted app-verse and hip you to some awesome music apps that would be a great addition to any music-lover's arsenal, we've decided to give a rundown of what we think are the coolest music apps that aren't Spotify or Shazam.

GarageBand


You know GarageBand, maybe you even use it every day. But did you know that you can actually have a portable version of the famous Apple production suite on your phone? Record, produce, mix, and master on the go with the GarageBand app. Obviously, this one is iPhone only (though Android has some cool GarageBand alternatives), but if you're a GarageBand devotee, this might be the app to get you to make the switch. Oh, and did we mention that GarageBand's famously user-friendly functionality is all here? Arrange strings, record drums, and play piano, it's all right in your pocket.

Songza


Similar in spirit to What's Lively, this is one of those apps that makes you feel like you really are living in the 21st Century. Songza is no mere streaming app. Instead of just offering you a diverse collection of music to listen to, Songza uses a team of music experts who curate special playlists that recommend music based on the time of day or your activity. The app offers targeted playlists for when you're waking up, working out, commuting, concentrating, unwinding, entertaining, and sleeping. Best of all it's available on iPhone and Android.

Tomahawk


Tomahawk is all about the integration of your musical streaming services, into one, simple to use application.

All one must do is search the name of a track, artist or album and Tomahawk will find the best suited streaming service available and bring it straight to your fingertips and ears.

You can also connect with friends using the app, with the ability to play their libraries and share new tunes they think they will dig.

SoundHound


It's okay, we know you've already got Shazam, don't worry. If you want to keep using Shazam, you're more than entitled to. In fact, we're happy for you. It's just that we kind of sort of road-tested the two of them and found that SoundHound outperformed Shazam on almost every level. Though Shazam is the most well known music recognition app in the world, its lesser-known peer is not only better at recognising a more diverse range of music, including many obscure cuts not featured in Shazam's library, but is actually faster at doing it. It's available on both iPhone and Andorid so, hey, the choice is yours.

TuneIn


Be careful with this one, because it is seriously addictive. You very well may find yourself staying up late at night to listen to an obscure US city's local NPR affiliate or spying on an ambulance emergency frequency somewhere in the UK. Then again, you can also just listen to your favourite local stations like Triple J or Nova. They're all on TuneIn, which has an incredible bank featuring over 100,000 real radio stations and four million on-demand programs and podcasts from all around the world. It's available on over 200 connected devices, so you're bound to find it in your app store of choice.

Bloom


Introducing the coolest and free of charge reminder application in the market, Bloom.

Transforming what is normally a rather mundane process of setting alarms and reminders in your phone, Bloom allows users create colourful alarms with both music and photos saved on their phone, forever altering the experience of nasty reminders to something much more enjoyable.

It’s the simple things, right?

Bandcamp


Bandcamp might be the single most underrated music distribution platform online. If you're not familiar with it, it works in much the same way that any other online music store like iTunes or Amazon does, except with one crucial difference – the artists are actually put in control of their own store. You can search through thousands of artists and countless songs, including many of your favourites. Looking for something new to listen to? Bandcamp is a great way to discover awesome new artists and some will even send you a personalised note of thanks for your support. The Bandcamp app is available on iTunes and Android so what are you waiting for?

Boomio


Yeah, we know, the last thing you =need in your life is yet another social network. You barely have enough time as it is dealing with all the data entry required of you with your active Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and Flickr accounts, but Boomio is a seriously cool addition to any phone. Essentially, it works as Snapchat (oh yeah, we forgot about that one) for music. Boomio lets you share a full-length, fully-licensed version of a song, along with a personal message, with a friend or group of friends. The recipient will then have the ability to stream the song, but only once before it “blows up”. They can then share it with their own circle. Definitely looking out for this one when it goes live.

Discovr


Though it's brought a lot of joy and ease to the lives of music lovers, the internet has been responsible for just as much confusion and dread. With literally every song you could ever want to hear just a few clicks away, just how does a listener discover cool tunes that they'll actually like? Discovr is here to solve that problem. Using the building blocks of innovation and simplification -- nodes -- Discovr takes your favourite artists and creates a family tree of similar artists and allows you to preview their music, with awesome social media functionality. Unfortunately, this one is Apple-only, but for the iPhone and iPad users among you, it's well worth the $4.99 price tag.

8tracks


Need a playlist for a long study session, workout session or makeout session? Looking for deep house or EDM, indie or rock, jazz or punk, krautrock or afrobeat? Call off the search party, 8tracks has got you covered.

This super handy app is like your own personal premade mixtape that does all the work for you, you’ve simply got to plug in and play. And trust us, there is so much great, diverse stuff on there, you can get lost for hours.

By the way, 8tracks is free.

WhoSampled

We're big fans of WhoSampled. If you're not aboard the WhoSampled train, it's acts as an exhaustive database of information about sample-based music, originally founded in London. Think you recognise a song in one of your favourite rap or house tracks? Or maybe you'd like to know what artists like Kanye West, RZA, and Daft Punk use to make their own tunes, WhoSampled knows. What track did Yeezy sample for 'Gold Digger'? A quick search will tell you. Available for iPhone and Android, the WhoSampled app will even let you scan your music library and discover amazing connections for the tracks in it.

Ultimate Guitar Tabs


This is one for the burgeoning axe gods among you. You'll never be the next Slash or Joe Perry without plenty of practice, or if being a rock god isn't your thing and you're just having a little trouble figuring out where to land the hammer-ons in 'Classical Gas', then this app is still a dream come true. The Ultimate Guitar Tabs app is an easy and convenient way to search for and view guitar, bass, and drum tablature and chords on your iPhone or Android, sourcing them from Ultimate-Guitar.com, the world's largest database of tabs.

Triple J Unearthed


Want the ability to browse and listen to the best up-and-coming Aussie musicians all from the comfort of your mobile phone? Well, look no further than Triple J’s killer Unearthed App.

This free badboy is full of super easy features, with the ability to flick through the multitude of artists, genres, “on demands” as well as the ability to listen to super user playlists, recent tracks on air and join in on the open Triple J Unearthed community forum

What's Lively


What's Lively is like one of those apps that you find yourself wishing existed and you're absolutely freaking out when you discover that it does. With What's Lively, you never have to miss a great or important gig again. The app, available in the Apple App Store, scans your music playlists on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora, and alerts you when your favourite artists come to your city. You can then invite your friends to the big show and eliminate the never-ending woes of who buys the tickets and who collects the money.

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