TechTalk Guest Reviewers Special: 3 Best Music Apps for Mobiles and Tablets

TechTalk presents a special joint guest post from some of the industry´s leading online experts. We´ve asked them to talk about the most important music apps out there. Find out what they are...

30 Jul 2013


CDs almost seem like a thing of the past and we rely on our tech to do just about everything for us, so it's only natural that there are hundreds of amazing music playback apps for tablets and mobile phones out there.  Currys PC World have lined up a handful of leading online music experts to share their favourite music apps, helping you to seek out great new artists and records while getting the most out of your technology.


SoundCloud for iPhone - By Joseph McLean: Funkatech Blog

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SoundCloud has arguably become the world's leading social sound platform. Anything 'audio' is uploaded onto the website by its users and it doesn't necessarily have to be full length tracks. Nowadays it plays host to a variety of radio snippets, sample packs, works in progress and even full-blown mixes. All of which are easily accessible via their app.

 The user interface on this free app by SoundCloud is very simple. Left, right, up and down and the occasional button to click. It is very easy indeed.  Streaming wise, I've found it's (generally) very stable and plays back steadily even in car journeys.

I have access to all of my current favourite dance tunes on my phone, on my tablet and of course, on my computer because of my SoundCloud account. What else do I need?

  • Value for Money: 5 / 5
  • Ease of Use: 4 / 5
  • Features: 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 / 5

 SoundCloud is available for iPhone from iTunes.

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 About Funkatech: Funkatech are a leading, multi-award winning, London based independent label specialising in quality electronic music. Since 2002, Funkatech has grown into a multi-genre stable launching artists such as Far Too Loud, NAPT, Specimen A, PYRAMID, Ctrl-Z and more.



Winamp for Android - By Royce Crowell: Electro Jams Blog 

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Apps like Hype Machine, and SoundHound are great for finding new music.  However, as a music journalist, I'm coming from a different place than most, as I have well established channels to find new music so I rarely turn to apps like those. On the rare occasion that my inbox runs dry and I feel like I need to hear something new I turn to SoundCloud, but I've never made it past that point, really.

 Therefore, my number one music app is simply Winamp.

 I've been a Winamp user for well over ten years so when I saw the app I naturally gravitated to it. It's a solid program and it plays nearly any type of audio file.  It streams Internet radio and the pro version will sync with your desktop audio folders.  I love it. 

  • Value for Money: 5 / 5
  • Ease of Use: 4 / 5
  • Features: 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 / 5

 Winamp is available on Android devises from Google Play.

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 About Electro Jams: Electro Jams is an independently run electronic music blog, whose goal is to aggregate the internet and provide our users with the best music on a daily basis. Electro Jams is a one-stop-shop for all your music, whether you listen to dubstep, electro house, glitch hop, or whatever it may be.



  Mixcloud for iPhone - By Dave 'No Hands': Life Support Machine Blog

Mixcloud logoMixcloud is one of the web's premier sources of free streamable music, favoured by DJs and mixtape fans of all genres due to its limitless ability to upload lengthy mixes for free. But it's not just for DJs. More and more podcasters are using it across tech, food, comedy and whatever else they have to shout about.

 Its massive unique selling point is the function for the uploading DJ to add track list 'cue points' meaning you can do without the usual exploration to find that tune deep within a mixtape, and just skip straight to it.

 As for the app, streaming is surprisingly nippy though I'm sure my 4G network plays a part in that. What impresses me the most was a lack buffering when scrolling to different points within the mix. Drag and drop the timeline pin and off you go.

 Like most apps of its kind, the 'feed' is populated by the artists you follow. There is also a 'discover' tab where it recommends mixes based on those you follow so you're basically spoilt for choice. There's a wealth of DJs using Mixcloud (from bedroom to stadium filling) with more and more top DJs getting on board each day. The addition of an iPhone app can only help to drive this further.

 Overall, if you're a fan of DJ mixes, you can't go wrong.

  • Value for Money: 5 / 5
  • Ease of Use: 3 / 5
  • Features: 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4 / 5

 Mixcloud is available on iPhone from iTunes.


 About Life Support Machine: Life Support Machine is a Bass Music Blog founded in 2010 that features quality beats, mixes, mash-ups and mishaps for DJs and music lovers alike, all freely available to download. They only post, remixes, edits and original tunes being give away by the artists themselves.