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Apple’s built in Music App is fine for normal listening, but what if you want to experience your music in a unique way?With so many choices in Apple’s App store it can be difficult to figure out which ones are actually worth it.
The following Apps allow you to break free from Apple’s grip on how you listen and interact with your music.
The BeatBlaster made for iPad takes full advantage of the large, high-res screen. The app's beautiful design allows you to interact with your digital music as if you were plucking CDs off of your shelf and putting them into your stereo system.
BeatBlaster uses music already present in the stock Music app and sports a built-in equaliser, an interactive turntable, and the ability to fetch lyrics and artist information. BeatBlaster picks up right where Apple left off. You have more control over your music plus access to 3,000 free radio stations. You can also create your own station through radionomy.com.
Planetary lets you interact with your music collection in a completely different way.
You music library is a solar system, with artist as the stars, albums as planets, and the tracks as moons. Planetary gives a whole new meaning to 'hands on.' Displaying the visualisation on an HDTV is a cinch with Apple's HDMI accessory or AirPlay mirroring.
Panamp is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and allows you to view your music any way you choose. Using the cascade view you can arrange music by artist, album track, and playlist. It gives you a lot more control over your music library.
OnCue, The Music Player made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch lets users have more control over their music. You can keep an eye on the next song that is coming up, view songs that have already played, and even crossfade for gapless playback.
To get detailed information about a song including, lyrics, music videos, artist bio, and similar artist simply swipe a song.
Groove 2 is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Formerly known as 'Groove,' Groove 2 has experienced a complete makeover. The app studies your listening habits and creates on-demand playlists and mixes as if it were your personal DJ. With an internet connection, Groove 2 will find missing album art, provide artist photos, and bios.
For drivers, the App supports smart gestures so you can control volume and playback without breaking any traffic laws.
iAlbums, available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, is all about providing more information about the artist, song, or album you're currently listening to. Lyrics, stories, photos, videos, and much more help you connect with your favourite artists like never before.
Play by AOL Music, available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, not only grants access to your own music library, but also lets you listen to over 47,000 SHOUTcast radio stations. Facebook and Twitter integration is standard, and the custom interface gives you something different to look at.
Muzik made for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch gives your music a Windows Phone make over. Big bold text and full screen pictures give you a visually different experience. Gestures also let you place your phone face down to pause music while picking it up again will let you resume. Sharing the song you are currently listening to with twitter followers is easy as well, simply tap tweet and type #nowplaying giving all your followers .
Spotify released its highly-anticipated iPad app for its premium subscribers. It's really, really good. The app makes full use of the new iPad's high-res Retina display. Your album art will pop off the screen. Plus, the extra screen space makes it easier to browse playlists, new albums, and your friends' favourite songs.
Both the iPhone and iPad versions of Spotify also let you listen to music you've already downloaded to your computer. You can wirelessly sync your tunes to your device using the desktop app and a Wi-Fi connection.
Price: Free, but you'll need a $9.99 per month premium subscription to use it.