Is your iPad music playlist in need of an overhaul? Discovr Music—a $1.99 iOS app that serves up music recommendations based on artists and bands that you like—may be what’s needed to freshen your collection. Discovr Music gives you a central location to watch artist videos, read album reviews, and sample tunes, but its core functionality—music discovery—is one already available in various iPad streaming music apps, such as Slacker Radio. If you aren’t into streaming music, however, you may find it a solid tool to help you try before you make your next music buy.
Booting up Discovr Music brings you to a minimalist gray screen that has a search engine near its center and “Favorites,” “Recommended,” and “Trending” tabs at the bottom. It’s a very simple design that serves two purposes: Easy navigation and keeping the focus on the music recommendations.
Turn the Radio On
There are two ways to begin your musical journey. You key in a band or artist name into the search engine, or tap the “Trending” tab where you’ll find popular artists like Adele, Justin Bieber, and Nicki Minaj. I keyed in “The Dirtbombs”—one of my favorite independent acts—into the search box and Discovr Music opened an interactive map with recommendations. The very solid recommendations included The Gories (The Dirtbombs founder Mick Collins’ old band) and other Detroit rock indies like The Detroit Cobras. Bringing a finger to any of the recommendations opens up even more recommendations. Tapping and holding an icon opens a menu that lets you play an artist’s top songs, queue them up, add the artists to Favorites, and more. Music diehards would appreciate that extra layer of detail that comes with finding specific albums and songs that have similar structures as ones they like.
You cannot, unfortunately, search by album or song title. That’s a huge drawback for a music discovery app.
Double-tapping an artist icon gives users related info such as a biography, selected song samples, blog posts, album reviews, tweets, videos, and links to places where you can view or purchase music (Amazon, iTunes). You can save an artist entry to “Favorites” by tapping the heart icon. Note: Favoriting only saves the artists’ recommendation list—not the actual the biography and other details—to the “Favorites” tab.
Turn the Radio Up
Discovr Music is a simple method to discover new music—perhaps too much so. Some will decry spending $1.99 on an app whose entire shtick, music recommendation, is a feature found in several other iPad music apps. That’s a fair criticism. Discovr desperately needs to provide users with more functionality—song and album search are the obvious needed additions. Still, if you want an interesting way to discover new music—and digest relevant information—Discovr’s not a bad choice.
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