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15 Killer Music Apps You Should Start Using Today

15 Killer Music Apps You Should Start Using Today

I cannot imagine my life without music. I wake up to the sounds of my favorite tunes each morning, work out, travel my commute listening to music and work with my headphones on most of the time, and I just can’t count how many significant moments in my life are deeply connected with a certain song.

If you are, at the very least, even a tiny bit passionate about music, I bet the next 15 music apps will instantly become your favorites!

1. Musicovery

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    Musicovery is an awesome app that enables you to personalize and adjust your playlists according to your mood with just a few clicks. After synchronizing the app for the first time, you’ll constantly have offline access to top recommended songs from the website, along with your phone library.

    Open the mood pad and roll your finger to start playing the samples. If you are satisfied, just lift your finger and a playlist will be generated from the last song rolled over. Also, the app automatically adjusts your playlist by analyzing genres, decades, moods you’ve chosen and your interactions with the app – e.g. “I like/I don’t like” ratings and skipped songs.

    So far, Musicovery proved to give the best customized playlist for me.

    iOS (free) and Android (free)

    2. MP3 Downloader for SoundCloud

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      This nifty app developed by Freemake lets you download tunes from SoundCloud onto your device without any copyright breaches. You can browse through numerous lists, search your favorite beats and singers offline and have the music steaming without wi-fi.

      Plus, the app has lovely visual design with big album covers on display and easy navigation with loads of filters to apply when searching for a particular song.

      Android version is planned to be released later this year.

      iOS (free)

      3. Top 100 Best Songs by Year

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        Get a musical time machine installed on your iPhone! This app has a huge database of some 1000 best songs from 1960 till the present days, so you could mix up your playlists with good old-time favorites and trendy new tunes.

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        All of the collections are easy-to-navigate with numerous filters available. Besides, the built-in search will help you find top songs from a specific year, decade or genre. This app is my go-to for planning themed music parties!

        Available both for the iPhone and iPad, but for now, not Android.

        iOS (free)

        4. Autovolume

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          All running enthusiasts know how inconvenient it is to be tapping the volume key all the time, according to your listening environment. It gets even more annoying while driving, as your hands are busy.

          The Autovolume app solves this problem by automatically correcting the volume based on the data from built-in speed and motion sensors.

          Also, this app features a number of pre-set sound adaptation modes based on the activities you do – skiing, working out, driving, jogging etc making it my go-to app for sports!

          Available for Iphone only as of now.

          iOS ($1.99)

          5. Relax Melodies

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            Have you been felling stressed lately? Trouble sleeping? Use this handy app by Ipnos Soft to create unique relaxing tunes from a set of beautiful and tranquil Zen sounds like rain drops, ocean waves, nature ambient sounds and more.

            Also, you can take your favorite tunes from the library and blend them up with the in-app sounds to create highly-personalized unwinding melodies. Compile them into easy-to-search lists like “songs to fall asleep to” or “the calm down playlist,” filled with your personal sounds or those made by other users from the community.

            Currently there are some 100.000 sounds to choose from, and like me, I bet you will find (or create) the perfect tune to make you fall asleep instantly!

            iOS (free) and Android (free)

            6. sir Sampleton

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              At first glance, it may seem like a simple kids’ app with a keyboard, but sir Sampleton is way more sophisticated than that! The app has numerous cool features to record and twist the melodies you’ve just tapped, including adding vibrato, professional mixing beats and saving your songs.

              Equally fun to use for both novice musicians, and for more professional beat makers to get their groove on!

              Currently not available on the Android market.

              iOS ($2.99)

              7. TuneWiki

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                Have you ever misheard some weird phrases in songs and couldn’t figure out what the hack was being said? With TuneWiki, you’ll never find yourself off base again when mumbling your favorite song! The app features both a radio player and lyrics decoder, along with a huge array of music to pick from.

                And with one click, it syncs with your iTunes library. Yet the best feature is that you can launch a song search based on just one line you know!

                iOS (free) and Android (free)

                8. Nowplaying

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                  This is a cool social music app that identifies tunes playing on your phone or a nearby device and auto-shares them on Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare along with your location, picture or a Youtube video. With the main principle of this app being “sharing is caring”, you’ll get special badges and rewards each time you share anything with the official hashtag #nwplyng!

                  Arguably the best music app to exchange songs and moods with your friends, as it’s very simple to use and has a great collection of free songs and numerous subscription options available. It also allows you to categorize your favorites into separate lists and discover new artists from the huge database available.

                  iOS (free) and Android (free)

                  9. 8Tracks

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                    This is yet another amazing social music app that you can use to create, curate and discover playlists for each mood and occasion – energetic morning workout, romantic dinner date or just a relaxing tune for your bedroom. The pleasant design with huge album covers, a list of featured playlists and numerous search options, including search by mood, make this app particularly stand out from the crowd.

                    8Tracks currently has over 2 million playlists created by the community, so no matter how elaborate your preferences are – cape-jazz, k-pop, opera or new age – you’ll still be able to connect with folks who have similarly awesome tastes and grab their playlists!

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                    iOS (free) and Android (free)

                    10. iHeartRadio

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                      Sleek minimalist design, a huge variety of stations from college rock to reggae and great customization options make IHeartRadio worth a download. Absolutely free of charge, you can live steam any given radio station (of more than 750) or make a personalized play list of some 18.000 songs listed in the library.

                      Also, you can listen to the latest news feeds, educational and scientific programs and much more content you wouldn’t find in any other app.

                      Not sure which song to pick today? The app can pre-suggest to you a station based on your activity, like driving, working out in the gym or jogging. Currently available for numerous platforms including Windows Phone, Blackberry and Kindle Fire, plus as a browser app.

                      IOS (free) and Android (free).

                      11. DjRun

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                        This is another amazing app that all jogging geeks will love! DjRun will analyze all the songs from your library and match their beats per minute rate with your stride, or even adapt the playback tempo like a real DJ.

                        As the app uses your phone’s accelerometer, it can instantly adapt to your pace to matter which activity you are now into – skating, hiking, skiing or even gliding.

                        Currently the app supports three modes:

                        1. Auto – picks a song based on your current stride rate.

                        2. Pin – fixes your stride rate at the number you want.

                        3. Training mode – the stride rate will follow a predefined profile set by the user or taken from the app.

                        Android (free)

                        12. Karaoke Anywhere

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                          Ok, admit it, even if you don’t have a sweet voice, you still love singing out loud your favorite songs. At least, at home anyway. Karaoke Anywhere lets you choose your tune of today from a free library of 10,000 songs.

                          Plus, if that’s not enough, you can purchase an extra 40,000 songs. Lovely design, huge beautiful lyrics and high-quality background music – what else would you wish for in a karaoke app?

                          iOS (free) and Android (free)

                          13. Mono

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                            Mono is an amazing new music discovery app merging together an artist browser, music discovery engine, concert finder and playlist engine with friend sharing and much more! I love the clean simple designs and the ability to sync my music from various channels including SoundCloud, YouTube music files and Subsonic.

                            For now, available on Android only.

                            Android (free, but with a yearly subscription of $0.99 to get unlimited access to all features)

                            14. Chordmaster

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                              Everyone who love playing the guitar (or just learning) should have this app on their phone. For $.99, you get unlimited access to some 7,800 guitar chords, along with a beautiful visualization of all notes and fingerings on a virtual fretboard.

                              By merely tapping the screen, you can view the selected chord at any position up and down the guitar neck – a handy feature for beginners. Also, you can strum the virtual strings to play and hear each chord and compare with your own results.

                              All the chords are neatly categorized in Root, Chord Type and Chord Variants, making them easy to search and save. However, the best feature Chordmaster introduced is  the “lefty mode” that displays left-handed guitar diagrams that rarerly could be wound elsewhere.

                              Currently available for Iphone, Ipad and Ipod touch only.

                              iOS ($.99)

                              15. Musyc

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                                A gorgeous, graphical musical app, crafted by Fingerlab, where you can create music with your own touch. Get into your zen state by bouncing peculiar colorful shapes around the screen and producing the sounds of 88 instruments!

                                It’s a harmonious and tranquil game you would likely love playing more than the highly-addictive and seemingly never ending Candy Crush. Currently, Iphone only with an Android version soon to be launched.

                                iOS (free)

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                                Published on January 18, 2019

                                Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

                                Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

                                Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

                                The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

                                1. Duolingo

                                  Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

                                  Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

                                  The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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                                  Download the app

                                  2. HelloTalk

                                    HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                                    There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                                    What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

                                    Download the app

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                                    3. Mindsnacks

                                      Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                                      You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

                                      Download the app

                                      4. Busuu

                                        Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                                        The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                                        When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                                        Download the app

                                        5. Babbel

                                          Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                                          Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                                          If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

                                          Download the app

                                          Takeaways

                                          All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                                          Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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