Pocket Full of Music

I am a music enthusiast who has huge passion for music and musical culture. Music is always my first love and I can’t go a day without listening to it.

With the advent of Sony walkman in the late 70s, portable music or music-on-the-go has been immensely popular among the masses. The arrival of music on internet and it’s availability in mobile phones have drastically widened the scope for accessing music. After all, listening to music has become an anytime activity whether you are at a restaurant or having a hot shower.

Typically, when I listen to music in phone, the sources are either from the music library or from online. A Music library would generally have our favourite songs from preferred genres. A Music library with all the favourite songs is certainly a music-lover’s delight, however, it has it’s own limitations.

Smartphones have limited amount of storage space and its almost next to impossible to have a zillion songs in your phone. Also, repetitive listening to the same set of songs would make the experience monotonous and colourless.

Here is where, online music streaming apps have made an unassailable surge. Online music come in two variants- Online Music Stream and Online Radio. With humongous database of songs, these apps provide instant access to diverse music. Yet, there are limitations as these apps become non-operational when there are internet connectivity issues. Online music stream gives users the liberty to choose music based on types of artists, albums, genres etc. However, Online radio is primarily used by folks who would prefer listening to instant random music regardless of genre.

With clear ever-growing number of streaming music apps available via mobile and tablet apps, choosing the app that best fits your need is an increasingly difficult task. It should also be noted that the number of music apps available varies greatly from store to store. In most apps, for offline listening, downloading of tracks are chargeable but online streaming is free.

I have experienced some exciting apps totally dedicated to music, and I would like to share my favourite apps with you.

Here we go, “Pocket full of music”!

Deezer Music

A love for music.

Your Flow is your music: 100% customised.

You’ll be sure to get all the music you love when your Flow is in charge. It knows your library and selects the songs you want to hear. Tell your Flow what you do and don’t like and it will react accordingly, as if by magic!

The more you listen, the more Flow learns your tastes, the better the recommendations. Tell us when you love or hate a track, and add new favourites to your library.

The Deezer Editors curate the hottest tracks.
It’s recommendations at their best.

The lyrics to our favourite songs.
Display the lyrics to all our favourites and awaken the rock star within!

Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a music streaming service and online music locker operated by Google. Users with standard accounts can upload and listen to up to 50,000 songs from their personal libraries at no cost. An “All Access” subscription, sold in combination with YouTube Red for US$9.99 per month, entitles users to on-demand streaming of any song in the Google Play Music catalogue for their geographical region and the ability to create custom radio stations.

Spotify Music

With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment — on your phone, your computer, your tablet and more.

There are millions of tracks on Spotify. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you.

You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back.


SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere.

Recording and uploading sounds to SoundCloud lets people easily share them privately with their friends or publicly to blogs, sites and social networks.

It takes just a click to share sounds to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Foursquare.

SoundCloud can be accessed anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform.

Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio features hundreds of stations, as well as original, hand-crafted shows.

Slacker is the most complete music service on Earth. The company delivers free and subscription-based access to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations, plus news, sports and talk, on the web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems and consumer electronics platforms. By blending cutting-edge analytics with a team of expert music curators and content programmers, Slacker delivers a seamless music discovery experience and uniquely personalized entertainment

Pandora® Radio

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings — new and old, well known and completely obscure — to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

You can create up to 100 unique “stations.” And you can even refine them. If it’s not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.


iHeartRadio — a free, industry-leading, digital music service — gives users instant access to more than 2,000 live radio stations and allows them to create custom stations inspired by favorite artists or songs, anywhere they are.

iHeartMedia leverages its multi-platform assets, as well as its vast infrastructure and relationships, to create one-of-a-kind events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, innovative national and local promotions, and ground-breaking technology and products.

TuneIn Radio

Broadcast your content to TuneIn’s global audience of over 60 million users.

TuneIn enables people to discover, follow and listen to what’s most important to them — from sports, to news, to music, to talk. TuneIn provides listeners access to over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent.

Furthermore, there are some apps in the market which help users figure out the name of catchy songs being played on radio, television or other places. Users would have to simply hold their phones to the speaker playing the music and these apps would attempt to identify the song thereby displaying its album, artist and song title.


Music recognition + LiveLyrics® for music playing around you. SoundHound can even identify songs you SING or HUM.

Search, discover and play music with SoundHound. And now, you can navigate in a hands-free search and assistant mode with “OK Hound…”

To use hands-free, simply say: “OK Hound… what’s this song?”


Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by hundreds of millions of people each month to instantly identify music that’s playing and see what others are discovering. All for free.

And that’s just the beginning: One-tap access to video clips, song lyrics, related tracks and streaming services, where you can listen to your Shazams in full or buy them.

Shazams will appear automatically in your newsfeed — plus you’ll stay up-to-date on new music, videos and more.

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