added: 19 Oct 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Get More Music Using Your Mobile
Music is evolving so fast nowadays that it can be hard to keep up with your favourite artists, let alone check out all the cool new artists on the block. There's a plethora of genres to wade through too; from Acid House and Electro, to Afropop, Chip Tune and Zydeco (don't ask), there's a whole host of interesting tunes to satisfy a thirsty ear.
Never before have we had so much access to free music around us, and the best place to get your mitts on it is your mobile. Whether you've got an old i-Phone or a swanky new Samsung Galaxy Note II, music doesn't discriminate against which handset you're toting. So get clued up using our handy guide on how to use your smartphone to access new music and keep abreast of what's happening with your favourite bands, DJs and artists.
Have you ever shelled out a tenner on a new CD, only to find out it's a bit of a flop? Well never run the risk of disappointment again by using apps to stream music to your phone and listen before you buy. Spotify (available for iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry) is a music streaming service that offers access to millions of tracks that you can stream right to your mobile device. Also, if you find a track you particularly like you can share it straight to Facebook, meaning you can show off that awesome remix you discovered in just one prod of a touchscreen.
On The Road
Ensure you keep up to date with great shows, sets and concerts happening near you by having a gig app in your pocket. Gigs and Tours (available for iOS) allows you to search by artist, venue or location, so whether you're after something local, or want to search for a specific band, you can find the gig you're after in an instant. The app is also able to scan your iTunes account to see what music you're into and suggest gigs accordingly. Cool extras include a glow stick feature (great for ravers), an air-horn (Westwood eat your heart out), and a lighter (one for the old school rockers) to give gig-goers the desired prop they need in smartphone form.
The wonders of modern technology have created a generation of social network obsessives, and whether you like them or not you have to admit that these sites are incredibly useful for keeping up to date with musical goings on. Follow your favourite artists on Facebook and Twitter, and you might just receive a cheeky free download of a track or mix. Social networks are great for taking advantage of ticket giveaways too, and you might even be the first to find out when an awesome band is playing a secret gig. Fans can also reach out to their heroes who were once completely inaccessible to them with a tweet or Facebook 'Like'. Impress a band with a message on Twitter and you could get a retweet, but don't go too mental or you may be slapped with a restraining order.
So what are you waiting for? Get online on your mobile, get kitted out with the latest tunes, and impress all your mates down the pub with your musical array. You might even get to go to the best gig of your life. Or you could end up listening to Zouklove, depending on how curious you are.
By Abbi Cox, tech writer at Phones 4u, the UK's number one destination for great deals.