If you want to discover new music, but your pockets are empty, there are a few different alternatives. No, I am not referring to Google Play Music or CloudAround, but free alternatives that do not involve ripping music from compact discs or visiting illegal, foreign, music downloading sites. I am not referring to Internet radio devices like Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, TuneIn Radio or I Heart Radio either, as those devices either use artificial intelligence to assemble tracks into a playlist (like Google Play Music), have curated playlists or are beefed up Internet radio apps in disguise.
Keep in mind that the apps I am going to review may or may not deliver songs from mainstream artists. A few mainstream artists still use these sites to deliver their music, but most are handling their music through VEVO, which brings me to the first application I’ll review.
The VEVO app for Android allows you to watch music videos on your device for free. VEVO is ad supported, but you can watch as many music videos as your data plan will allow to your hearts content. VEVO TV allows you to pay attention while driving as it will continuously stream random music videos to your device, as though you were watching MTV or VH1. This is a great app for those looking for mainstream artists, with the occasional independent artist thrown in for good measure. This app is actually superior to the official YouTube app in my honest opinion when it comes to watching music videos as it is backwards compatible with older versions of Android and can be downloaded outside of Google Play.
UberHype for HypeMachine
This app works with a curated selection of blogs to deliver the best undiscovered music reviewed from over 840 different music blogs on the Internet. This is an app for an ongoing project that exists online at the Hype Machine website; you can register at that website and create a new account or register from within the app itself. If you have no idea as to what music you would like to listen to, but just want to listen to something new, interesting, exciting, and fresh, this is an app you will definitely want to check out. The HMTV section of the Hype Machine website shows music videos online, but the app does not have this functionality available.
PVSTAR + ( YouTube Music Player)
Check out the audio from the latest, hottest, music videos on YouTube. PVSTAR does all of the hard work for you, aggregating music from the music page on the YouTube website, and playing music in the background while you check out the other apps on your Android device. This app will also comb DailyMotion and NicoVideo for music. This is one of my favorite apps and highly recommended, if you want to know what music is trending on YouTube.
SoundCloud and SoundCloud platform apps such as My Melody Box
SoundCloud has some of the best music online for free available for streaming. A lot of the music is curated, and uploaded from disc jockeys and producers of dance music, but I have also found old uploads of hip-hop, R&B, and soul music! Rapzilla and New H20 upload songs Christian hip-hop music artists have uploaded to them for review in their magazine onto SoundCloud, and you only have to download the official SoundCloud app, or an app like My Melody Box that allows you to access the SoundCloud platform, to join in on the fun!
There aren’t a lot of SoundCloud apps available for Android 2.3. I have found a handful, though My Melody Box seems to work the best, but you may have some success with My Cloud Player.
Winamp is still an MP3 player, but it does offer a curated, eclectic offering of undiscovered talent for free. There are free albums and individual songs available; none can be downloaded through the app, but this is a great way to discover new music.