Windows 8 was launched last year to much anticipation by mobile technology lovers all over the world. But nearly everyone agrees that the key to Windows 8’s success in a world dominated by iOS and Android devices is its apps ecosystem. Among apps, the ones concerning music are very popular all over the world. The three apps featured here should bring a lot of cheer to any Windows 8 device owner.
The Music App
It is rare for an inbuilt app of an operating system to be preferred over its third-party rivals but this is exactly what Windows 8’s very own music app has managed. Aptly named ‘Music app’, Microsoft has kept the design simple and yet modern. The app enables complete access to whatever’s been put into your Music Library apart from offering paid downloads from a huge song library.
The app also gives users of Windows 8 free but ad-supported access to the Xbox Music Pass, which opens up a huge library of more than 18 million songs for free on-demand listening. The app also has a Smart DJ mode that offers the choice of listening to dynamic playlists. The free access period is restricted to 10 hours of listening period per month after the first 6 months. Full access can be restored on the payment of a $10 monthly subscription, which also gets rid of all the ads.
As is evident from the name, the TuneIn radio app allows you to tune into hundreds of radio stations around the world. This includes both streaming-only and public radio stations. The attractive part here is that a user can sort stations by genre, location, language and a few other options. There is even a podcast directory for those interested in the same.
The search function has been pretty well integrated into the app and you can even pin your favorite radio stations to the start menu. The TuneIn radio app can also be operated by the media keys on a typical keyboard.
Although a lot like Pandora, Slacker is distinctive because of its much larger tunes catalogue. With Slacker, users can not only enjoy some of the best pre-loaded stations but also create their own stations by selecting certain artists. There is also an option that allows users to identify other artists or songs that are of similar genre to their own choice.
A free account in Slacker limits the number of times one can skip a song (6/hour). There are two subscription options. The $4 one lets you skip songs unlimited number of times and also does away with ads while the $10 one buys you on-demand listening as well. Although the layout of this app can get confusing, Slacker still makes for a pretty good music app.
With the above three enticing apps mentioned for you, the music experience is surely going to take a new route when it is coupled with windows 8.