Exfm began as a Google Chrome extension more suitable for geeks than music nerds, who might not really grasp the concept of browser extensions. Then it evolved into a ready-for-primetime web app, and after that, an app for Android and iOS that made us ponder the question, “With friends like these, who needs iPods?” However, the app versions still lagged behind the web version in terms of helping you discover new music you didn’t already know about.
No longer. On Monday, Extension Entertainment founder Dan Kantor alerted Evolver.fm, that version 2.0 of the exfm apps for both Android and iOS are now available, bringing “all the awesomeness of the ex.fm website to the apps – Trending Songs, Site of the Day, Album of the Week, Search and more.”
The sum total of these features is to turn the web into your own personal music collection. You can also use exfm as a music player app for the stuff stored on your iPhone or Android, but the real fun lies in playing the stuff you’ve tagged on the web using the Chrome extension, and following tastemakers using the Feeds feature — blogs like Gorilla vs. Bear, Stereogum and MTV Hive’ trending songs; new songs by genre; monthly mixtapes, and so on.
Here’s the full list of features that has been ported from the web version to the iPhone and Android versions:
- New music feeds Trending, Genres and Tastemakers
- Handpicked tracks via Site of the Day, Album of the Week and Monthly Mixtape
- Instant search of millions of songs across all of exfm
- Track sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr with one click
- Real-time Last.fm scroblling including local library plays
- Friend finder from top social networks
You can install either version from here; this gallery shows the app in action on both platforms: