February 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

This Week in Music Apps: Scrobbler, Colorhits, and Road Trip Playlists

We’re back with another batch of fresh music apps as part of our This Week in Music Apps series, which usually includes Android apps, but this time it’s iOS, the web, and desktops only.

First, the latest app reviews:

This Week in Reviews

Apple iOS

Scrobbler

Scrobbler (Free)

This highly-recommended nifty app from Last.fm not only shows you how many times you’ve scrobbled a particular artist and lists the artists you’ve listened to most during the week, but also creates playlists using tags from your scrobbled tracks. Basically, this is Last.fm as a music player app. Each track is accompanied by a “play similar music” button, which will lead you to a more music in a radio-like fashion by pulling up songs similar to the original track. Overall, it’s a simple way to play the music on your iOS device with more bells and whistles than Apple’s default Music app has at its disposal.

Mixlr (Free)

Previously available only on the web, Mixlr — a social radio player that lets anyone set up a little online radio station with a chat feature so listeners can talk to each other — is now an iOS app, too. After creating an account with Facebook or an email address, you can search for broadcasts on the Mixlr iOS app, follow broadcasters you like, heart songs, and chat with other listeners who are listening to the same thing — or even start your own station, drawing on music from SoundCloud.

Desktop Apps

Zya (free)

This videogame-like music-maker lets you share your own musical creations with other Zya users. As a creator of original works, you will still own the copyright to your music even after sharing it on Zya. With some interesting features, like the option to change your vocals into an instrument, the ability to create custom avatars as well as the option to keep your music private, Zya is an interesting tool for anyone who is looking for a new way to share their newest song or dabble with making their own music.

Geotunes (Free) 

Geotunes

Geotunes wasn’t the first location-aware Spotify app, but it has quickly climbed the rankings of top apps in the Spotify App Finder (currently #32). This discovery app creates playlists for locations in the United States, with some fairly long playlists for major cities and states. Some smaller cities, like Ludlow, Colorado have also earned their place on the map –but don’t expect more than a few songs there.

In addition to cities, the app also includes playlists for types of place, so whether you’re staying at a motel, driving through mountain, visiting a prison, or passing through states that held large roles in the Civil Rights Movement, Geotunes can point you towards music that relates to your destination — and if you have Spotify Premium, you can put those playlists (or edited versions of them) on your portable device and connect it to your car stereo on your next road trip.

Web Apps

Ohmytracks (Free) 

Ohmytracks

Another new music discovery app, ohmytracks presents music by genre, or you can search for specific tracks, artists and albums — or by finding other users, and looking through the music they have posted and liked. Clicking on an artist brings up suggestions for similar artists, as well as the artist’s complete track listing. Overall, I found the site visually appealing, easy to use, and a great way to stream and discover music.

ColorHits (Free)

We’ve included this web app in case you missed our interview with Matt Barrett, the creator of Colorhits, which can find music based on the colors of the album artwork, which is a weird but interesting way to find stuff to hear. You can choose up to three colors and specify a genre to find something to hear, or try the more traditional manner of typing in the artist or album you are looking for. Clicking on an album will display a breakdown of the colors, as well as list other albums with similar colors – a neat trick of the “because we can, that’s why” variety.