November 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

This Week In Music Apps: Stormy Weather Edition

For those out of reach of Hurricane Sandy and this little follow-up storm that’s coming in, you can still get wind of what we’re dealing with here on the East Coast with some rainy mood apps for Android and iOS; a special mixtape I created using one of the web apps listed below; or by reliving our Hurricane Sandy collaborative Spotify playlist.

First, some reviews:

This Week in Reviews

  • M2S Sends iPhone Music to Spotify; Developer Says Apple Resisted
  • First Curated Music Subscription in iTunes: Blue Note by Groovebug
  • Playground.fm: Social Radio for iOS, in Seconds
  • Soundrop Upgrades Spotify App, Draws 100K Group Listeners
  • In a Parallel Universe, Ear-Training Arcade Games Might Be Really Popular
  • Musical Modern Art Masterpieces: Rain and Field
  • Want To Hear This App? You’d Better Dance
  • New Budtobud Turns iTunes, Spotify, Rdio into Listening Rooms
  • The Analog Girl Discusses App-Only ‘Vinyl’ Album

Apple iOS

Rainy Mood ($5)

Rainy Mood

It’s surprising how many songs sound better set to the sound of a thunder storm. This simple app pairs songs with the soothing sound of raindrops. This may sound silly at first, but before you know it, it’ll be hard to imagine some songs without its rainy accompaniment. (My personal favorite song for this app was Maxence Cyrin’s cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind“).

If you’re not ready to drop five bucks on high-quality recordings of rain to lay over the songs stored on your iPhone, head over to the website, where you can listen to the sounds of typical London weather for free. 

Social Music & Lyrics (Free)

This app works like a music-oriented version of Twitter; it lets you build global playlists with hashtags, check out trending artists and songs, and mention other users using their @handle – except all the “tweets” are lyrics.

Start writing a lyric, and the app leads you to the song, where you’ll be able to select the sections of the lyrics you want to include in your post. If you already have a song playing, you can post lyrics from it by clicking on the “Listening To” button. You can like others’ lyric posts, preview the songs, and buy them fromiTunes — and although this is a standalone social network, you can connect your Facebook and Twitter to share these updates there too. Overall, we enjoyed this app’s clean design and the way it lets people express themselves with lyrics.

Radioline (Free) (updated)

We’ve highlighted this Mac and iOS app earlier, but it’s been updated with noteworthy features such as the ability to connect to your Last.fm and iTunes accounts for listening recommendations. This is nice, because the app offers some 20,000 radio stations, which can be a bit intimidating.

You can also favorite tracks when you connect to your Deezer or Spotify account, and the app includes a new way to share your musical tastes with its “Sharecast” feature, which records up to two minutes of any radio station for sharing via Facebook or Twitter.

Music Mover (Free)

Music Mover makes playlists that last as long as you want, and no longer. So while waiting for your pasta to cook, you can create a playlist that’s exactly 12 minutes long — without even cutting off the mix in the middle of a song. This is a perfect app for study breaks and exercising, and a lot more fun than setting a timer.  -Jason Papanicholas

Google Android

Cleartune

Cleartune – Chromatic Tuner ($4)

With its easy-to-use interface, this app makes a great tuner for anyone who plays guitar. Using the built-in mic of your Android device or pitch pipe feature, you’ll be able to be certain you’re in tune for your next practice session or gig. It was also apparently used by the Gorillaz during the making of their new album.

Mood Rain (Free)

Don’t worry, Android users. You don’t have to be left out of all this fun in the rain. Another app for emulating storms, Mood Rain also continues to play when you leave the main screen. Unfortunately, there’s a lot less control over the sound of the rain, but still a nice app to have if you’re a fan of calming rain sounds.

Web Apps

Raditaz (Free)

Raditaz

Combining elements of Pandora, Last.fm and Tunaspot, this is a great alternative for anyone who is interested in a new music radio experience. Raditaz (which uses data from The Echo Nest, publisher of Evolver.fm) lets you make your own radio stations, with plenty of control over what they play, with options for including “up & coming” material or “rare cuts” and adjusting the amount of popular and unknown songs.

Meanwhile, curated, pre-made stations offer quicker listening, and Last.fm-style tags help you find music appropriate for the office or your next run. Interestingly, it seems as if tags are also used by some small businesses who have compiled music they play at their shop. If you check out the location tab, you can find the radio stations trending in the area near you, which is a feature that may be more interesting when using the app version of the site.

Everyone’s Mixtape (Free)

Everyone's Mixtape

This site lets you make sharing-friendly mixtapes by dragging songs from SoundCloud, YouTube, and Vimeo straight onto your mixtape, and sending them out via the app’s Facebook or Gmail connection.

If you want, you can let other people add songs to your mixtape too — or keep it “old school” by staying true to the cassette format by limiting the length of the mix. Browse through the hundreds of virtual mixtapes other people have already created, and you’ll find everything from mixtapes for specific people to soundtracks for drinking your morning coffee. I made a Hurricane Sandy Mixtape.