A lot of people still seem to think that they're stuck with their stock music player, but that is demonstrably not the case. If anything, there are too many to choose from, each offering different features and claiming that they're the best. It doesn't have to be so complicated though, and to help we've created a less intimidating selection for you to consider.
It's annoying having multiple apps for things that could really be packaged together, which makes having your music, podcasts and radio in one app rather pleasing. You can sync your iTunes playlists too. An in-app upgrade unlocks Airsync and Airplay to Apple TV, but it's hardly essential. All in all it's a winner, and a visually pleasing interface ties it all together.
The visual styling is light and colourful, automatically downloading album art that makes skimming through even the largest library a breeze. Lyrics are found online if not embedded, which is a treat for word fans like me, and the Chromecast support is great if you can utilise it. You can customize widgets for quick access and there are multiple themes for further personalisation.
You'd expect a quality product from one of the big hitters and Amazon don't disappoint. Naturally, you can access your music collection – device or cloud - and shop for something new. The basic grey and black colour scheme uses bolder colours to pick out key areas, which makes scrolling a pleasure while still keeping you informed. Subscribers to Amazon Prime also get Prime music, which will be the clincher for some.
Sometimes you want more than Whams Greatest Hits and the score from Scarface, and Pandora is a wonderful way to discover something new. You'll have access to hundreds of stations and the ability to create your own and, depending on your data allowance, it's hard not to lose yourself for hours. It won't replace your music collection but it compliments it, and inevitably ends up adding to it.
Another source of inspiration, Rdio has stations based on artist and genre, as well as created playlists. The free version limits you to stations based on things like artist, album and friends. Rdio Unlimited, the subscription end of the deal, adds unlimited streaming and the ability to download to your device. It's slick and easy to use making it a great companion to your normal music player.