10 MORE Essential Music Apps For Success in College and Beyond

Posted by Jennifer Verta on Jun 6, 2016 11:17:04 AM


It's sequel time!

The initial post "10 Fun Music Apps That Will Help You Hone in on College Success" was so popular we felt compelled to keep the music party going.

Here are 10 MORE app choices designed for the music lovers who also struggle with focusing on school tasks ... or just daunting tasks in general!

Without further ado (and in no particular order) here are 10 awesome and FREE music apps will help you laser focus and kick up your game!


11.) Tidal


Tidal is all about the quality.

They are one of the first music apps to offer high fidelity music streaming. This means that the reproduction of sound has little distortion, and sounds close to what the original would! For those of us more visual folks, they offer high definition videos to go along with their above average sound! 

Tidal has a few other interesting little known facts. For instance, Tidal is owned by a bunch of artists! Celebs that share ownership of this app include: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, J Cole, Jason Aldean, Jack White, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj and Usher.

These stars all have equity in Tidal, and are pitching the app as "the first artist-owned global music and entertainment platform."

You cannot use the app free forever, but it does offer a cool 30 day free trial for you to get your toes wet, with a needed offline playlist option, where you can listen to your favorite songs without connecting to the internet.

(Compatible with:iPhone and Android)


12.) Spotify 


Mold a fancy playlist within minutes!

Spotify has a large library of tracks from old classics to this weeks new single, everything you can possibly need to get that playlist bumping.

It also has a pretty handy offline option, where you can make your desired music available without connecting to the internet. This is very handy for all of those users who run up their data too much in the hopes of not going without music. My phone data went tons further after utilizing Spotify.

The app usually has some good beginner deals, where potential users can download the app and take advantage of its features for three months, for the enticing price of 99 cents. You can also get the app completely free, as long as you can endure some advertisements.

(Compatible with:iPhone and Android) 


13.) Musix Match 


According to Musixmatch website, "Musixmatch is a community of music lovers, building the worlds largest lyrics catalog."

 This app is pretty neat, with over 40 million users all banding together to make the correct lyrics available to  more people than ever before.

The app launched in early 2010, and Musixmatch has done a good job of setting itself apart from the others by allowing users to scan their music libraries and streaming playlists in order to retrieve the lyrics via the app.

So what I am saying is that it is not necessarily an app to listen to music, albeit you can access some of the songs because the website directs you to Youtube or Spotify; But it is more of a place to get to know your favorite music lyrics and get them down pat.

(Compatible with: iPhone and Android)


14.) Mixzing


 The ultimate music discovery solution!

This app enables users to have an easy music listening experience. One cool feature is that it has ample widgets available. Every size shape and color widget of your dreams!

For those who are not familiar with widgets, they are handy little bits of self-contained code that displays a program, or a piece of a program, that is also (usually) a shortcut to a larger application.You can usually find these on apps as a component of the interface that allow the user to do small tasks without jumping into the rest of the program or running additional applications.

Yet another example: the lock screen widget on Mixzing allows the user to switch up songs on their phone before the home screen can even load up! You can also select Mp3 tracks right from your playlists and turn them into your own personal ring tones! 

You can first download a less cool version of Mixzing for free, but if you want it to be all that it can be, you'll probably have to download the upgraded version for under ten bucks.

(Compatible with: Android)


15.) NPR Music


 NPR= National Public Radio. This is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization.

NPR works together with a network of over 900 stations in order to provide the best and most accurate information to its listeners.

NPR Music Radio also strives to do the same thing with music. NPR Music is a project of NPR and was launched in 2007 to present public radio music programming and original editiorial content for uncovering everything you could want to know about your favorite jams.

NPR music also has a bunch of stations for its listeners to choose from, all the way from "Folk Alley; bringing you the best in folk music since 2003," to "Bluegrass Country; keeping bluegrass and American roots music alive and vital," to "The Current; the new music and the music that inspired it."

NPR music has a ton of varieties for customers to utilize, making it a very diverse app that a lot of different people can use.

(Compatible with iPhone)


16.) Double Twist Music  


One fun thing I noticed immediately with this app is that it is available in many different platforms besides Android.

It has the option to synch your iTunes playlists, ratings and play accounts to any non apple phone/ tablet, listen to your favorite tunes in the morning through an alarm clock, a recorder to capture iTunes radio or audio streams, a Cloud compatible player and of course the classic player for your Android. Clearly, one of the awesome features of double Twist being that it enables users with different devices to come together and enjoy podasts and videos regardless.

Double Twist prides itself on the quality of its software applications; its goal being to create a unifying media platform that provides users a way to organize and enjoy photos, music and videos across all devices.

The Double Twist website states: "We feel that just like you dont use a different browser for every web site you visit, you shouldnt have to use iTunes for Apple products, Nokia software for Nokia phones, Sony software for Sony products, etc."

All available for free download, of course with certain restrictions.

(Compatible with: Android)


17.) Plex


 Not only does Plex let you aquire music and tie together playlists, it provides you with the opportunity to uncover:

  • popular tracks for artists
  • upcoming tour dates
  • access to your music content away from home.

Plex also offeres multi-disk support, a feature that was not always a part of the picuture! On top of that, Plex also has an efficient process for importing new music ino the platform.

The Plex app is another opener of doors for having the music you love available to you on any device! According to their website, you can run Plex Media Server on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer and stream to your iOS,Android, Windows Phone or Windows device. If you have a house with multiple TVs,  Plex also works on Chromecast,Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV,Xbox, PlayStation®, NVIDIA® SHIELD™, and many late-model smart TVs. Plex is even available on most network-attached storage devices. Yay!

(Compatible with: everything!)


18.) Shuttle Music Player


Shuttle Music Player has a little bit of everything.

It is flexible with devices, holds a large library chock full of lyrics, artwork and news on your favorite musically inclined peeps. You can add multiple files at a time; making creating playlists a much easier and hassle free task. Removing entire playlists is simple too, its as easy as swiping left!

Shuttle also has a few cool features for keeping track of your music such as a "most played" playlist and a play counter to tell you how many times a certain song is put on repeat.

Another feature being a built in equalizer, and my personal favorite, 'audio tunneling', which aids the device in saving battery while listening to music, perfect for those long drives!

It is available in free mode, without the annoying ad hassle that most other music apps have. Another option available with the free version is gapless playback, a very precious feature I have had to pay for time and time again. 

(Compatible with: Android)


19.) Deezer Music


 Deezer is another cool music app that allows the offline playlist option, saving precious data charges from phone companies everywhere.

A few other things that Deezer can do: it is another music streaming enhancer, it grants users the chance of listening to music content from record labels including EMI, Sony, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group on various devices.

Deezer also has a pretty good sized catalog, including access to over 30,000 radio stations! There is a nifty "hear this" feature, which suggests songs for you to try out based on previous choices you have made, editor picks and social circle suggestions, all in one cohesive thread!

(Compatible with: iPhone)

20.) Slacker Radio


Slacker is last on the list but definitely not least. This station offers free and subscription based access to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations.

Not only does Slacker offer music for your ears, there are options to tune into news and sports!

There is a live ESPN radio up for grabs, along with a clever design and great sound quality. With over 200 curated stations, the possibilities and new music are endless!

 (Compatible with: iPhone and Android)

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."  -Bob Marley-

These music apps are just a few tools available - you might also want to check out How to Ace Your Online Courses with These 10 Killer Resources.

Or perhaps, our ultimate cheat sheet for college success.

Do you have any fun music apps that you would like to share with us in the comments? If so, you know what to do!

Hope you read me again soon!

-Jen OUT-




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