The 9 Most Useful Music Apps For Your Mobile

If you’re over getting mullered on Song Pop and are after something less frivolous, you’re still spoilt for choice on the apps front. Take a gander at some favourites below – I can promise that not one of them will ask you to guess a Chris Brown song. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the NME iPhone app, or our free NME Live mobile app for all devices (including iPad).

Vinyl District

More of you are hungry for vinyl than ever and Vinyl District is here to feed your addiction. It picks up your location and presents you with a handy map of nearby record stores. Expect to lose hours and the contents of your wallet.
For you if: You’re a new generation crate-digger.
(iPhone, Android)

Stuff like Daytrotter is what the internet was made for. Its mobile app gives you access to its whole back catalogue of live sessions from bands on tour, like Metronomy, Mystery Jets and Ben Howard. Daytrotter’s for subscribers, and you’ll pay just over a quid a month to get your hands on all that music.
For you if: Live music is your lifeblood.
(iPhone, Android)

WhoSampled scans your phone’s songs to show you which are covers or have samples. Fascinating for music nerds, it’s an eye-opening insight that artists nick stuff, all the time. A lifetime of guaranteed pub quiz victories will set you back 1.99 though.
For you if: You get off on knowing James Brown’s been sampled 1,976 times.
If you like recommending music to the uneducated Twitter masses, is a simple way to do it – while keeping your picks in a record crate-style library. Rifle through followers’ collections for their recommendations too.
For you if: You fancy yourself a taste maker.
(Desktop, iPhone)

Discovr Music
For its £1.50 price tag, Discovr connects artists based on shared history or sound and shows the connections on a whizzy map. You can pull up a wealth of information, clips and YouTube videos on anyone you care to mention. Warning: uber music nerds might find they know more about music connections than Discovr does.
For you if: You wanna see who connects Radiohead and Aphex Twin.
(iPhone, iPad)
Touted as an ‘audio magazine’, gathers tracks posted by taste-making blogs, and lets you kick back and listen by genre. It’s beautifully designed, and a top notch update on the plain ole wireless, but Hype Radio is a good alternative if you’re iPad-free.
For you if: You scour blogs for the newest, shiniest music. And you have an iPad, natch.
(iPad, desktop)

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Ever used Shazam to wave your phone about like a pillock to identify the unknown strains of a song playing in the distance? Then you’ll get the basic gist of SoundHound. It’s quicker off the mark and more accurate at identifying songs, especially with background noise, and –get this – it has a stab at guessing your HUMS.
For you if: A song’s always on the tip of your tongue.
(iPhone, Android)

A little like a musical photo album, this is the closest you can get to digitally capturing the muddy exhilaration of being crammed up against the barriers at Reading, screaming to Muse. Log in using Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter, search for your track-of-the-moment and post with a suitable Instagram posed photo.
For you if: You want Instagram with sound.
(iPhone, Android)

8tracks joins a host of playlisting apps like Moodagent or ShareMyPlaylist, to let you find playlists put together by other people by genre, mood or artist. It’s unfussy and a lovely throwback to the age of the handpicked mixtape.
For you if: You’re looking for inspiration.
(iPhone, Android)