Are you fed up with listening to the same old albums all the time? Sure, that UB40 compilation you made in 1983 has some pretty decent tracks on it, but wouldn’t you like to discover something new?
GimmeMusic for the iPhone is a free app from NexStudios that will help you discover new music. The beauty of this application — apart from that ‘free’ price tag — is that it’s incredibly simple to use. In fact, all you have to do is listen.
You don’t have to input your tastes, or list current artists you like, or search for new music — GimmeMusic just finds music for you. When you first load up the app, you’ll be greeted by a selection of songs from various genres — and these will change each and every day. All you have to do is listen to each track.
If you find a song you like, clicking the info button will tell you the name of the artist, the name of the song, and the name of the album. It will also provide you with a direct link to the artist on iTunes so that you can discover more tracks. If you listen to a song you’re not keen on, you can simply swipe to delete it from the playlist.
The best thing about GimmeMusic, for me, is that I’ve been using the app since late last week, and I’m yet to find an artist I’ve heard of. That may be a downside to some of you, but I think it’s great: there’s little chance of listening to a song you’ve heard before, and there’s no easier way to discover bands and artists you’ve never heard of.
GimmeMusic caches each song so that you can listen to them offline, and it boasts support for AirPlay so that you can stream the music to your stereo or TV.
There are a few minor downsides to GimmeMusic, which I must point out. It does sport a very basic and unattractive design, and there are iAds present which you can’t remove with an in-app purchase. I also found that for some tracks, the option to view the artist on iTunes wasn’t available, though I got around this by simply loading the iTunes app and searching for them.
I think most of these issues will soon be forgotten once you start using the app, however. For a free download, GimmeMusic is a must-have for music lovers, and I guarantee it will introduce you to music you’ve never heard before.
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