We’ve been on a reduced posting schedule of late, as we enjoy the last days of the dwindling summer, but now we’re back on track with a bunch of new apps for you to check out as part of our This Week In Music Apps series. First, our latest reviews:
- First Location-Based Spotify App: Tunaspot
- Shuffler.fm for iOS: More Interesting Than Your iPhone’s Music
- Blicko’s Awesome Crowdsourced Jukebox: When Swedes Make Apps, People Listen
AudioViz (Free): These days, music player apps seem to do a billion things in addition to playing your music. AudioViz puts its own spin on the music player concept: Instead of simply playing music, this app will search for a corresponding video clip on YouTube and play it as you listen to songs from your music library. This way, you can listen to your own playlists and entire albums while watching YouTube videos, if your eyes happen to be free at the time.
Leonard Cohen (Free): Leonard Cohen’s brand new app is a great example of a well-made artist app. Not only does it include the requisite information (news, tour dates, merchandise, etc.), but also exclusive goodies to delight devout fans. Of particular interest are the video clips directed by French fashion photographer Dominique Isserman for eight tracks off of Cohen’s latest album Old Ideas. (Also see our full review).
CityBeats (Free): Each week, CityBeats adds a new track by an up-and-coming artist from the United Kingdom for you to download, as yet another way for you to stay on top of all the latest music — in this case, if you’re at least somewhat partial to the sounds emanating from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. You can also remix the tracks and share your remixes on Facebook and Twitter.
Logo Quiz – Music Bands (Free): Logo Quiz is a series of guessing games for Android that asks players to identify logos they recognize from brands to cars to flags. This latest installment is about, you guessed it, bands. These band logos come from a wide range of genres, so there’s a chance for everyone to get some correct. If you choose the right answer in a hangman-style format in which some letters are missing, you can read more about the band. (If only you could listen to them too… maybe this should have been a Spotify app.)
Music Off, I’m Sleeping ($1): Many music lovers face a nightly paradox. They need (or prefer) to fall asleep to music, but then the music wakes them up at some point in the night, or threatens the crucial transition to deep, REM sleep. If this sounds familiar, try Music Off, I’m Sleeping, which monitors your body movement and gradually lowers the volume until you fall into a deep sleep — at which point the music will turn off completely. The app adjusts how it monitors your movement, depending on whether you’re sleeping in a bed, on the couch, or on the floor (hardcore!). You can also adjust the sensitivity to ensure the app is working optimally with your sleep patterns.
Tunaspot (Free): Music says a lot about the culture of a place, be it a country, city, or even a restaurant or bar. With this location-based app, which launched in every country where Spotify is available today, you can zoom into different locales on a map and tune into their public playlists. Tunaspot offers a great way to check out the popular music before a trip and to bring the musical vibe of a far away location to you, but there are several other ways to use it too (see our full review).