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Music touches people in many different ways. For some, it is like a religion — they can’t get enough of it. For others, like myself, it is just background noise. Regardless of how you feel about music however, there are countless music apps online which serve music fans of all stripes. We have covered a tremendous amount of them already — too many to list here.

Today on Cool Websites & Apps, we take a look at 5 great apps and sites you should be taking a close interest in.

Flowkey

As well as the violin, the one instrument I would love to be able to play is the piano. Flowkey helps those who want to play the piano Practice Piano Scores The Fun Way With Synthesia And Your Keyboard Practice Piano Scores The Fun Way With Synthesia And Your Keyboard Computer-aided learning, although not always a substitute for a music teacher, gives you the feedback you wouldn't get from a plain old piano book. Moreover, gamification can make practice easier, and a lot more fun... Read More by giving a variety of songs you can play, so you can play along to them. You can progress through a variety of levels starting at Beginner and making your way up to Pro (in case you’re interested, the Pro level includes the songs for Super Mario and The Simpsons!)

iTunes Artwork Finder

If any of your MP3 files are lacking album artwork 7 Websites To Search For The Perfect Album Cover Art 7 Websites To Search For The Perfect Album Cover Art Read More , it can be a real pain in the…ahem…hind quarters to have to go through Google Image Search and look for the right album cover (and the right size). iTunes Artwork Finder aims to simplify this process by enabling you to type in what you are looking for, and if artwork is available, it will produce it for you in either standard resolution or high resolution for you to download.

The site also gives you artwork for movies, TV shows, iBooks, Apps, and a whole lot more. This is a GREAT site to bookmark.

The Nostalgia Machine

I am obsessed about a lot of things, but two of them are old music from the 1970’s and 1980’s. And second, what was going on when I was born. What day was it, what was the weather like, what was going on in the world, what was on TV, what movies were playing….so The Nostalgia Machine is my kind of site. It combines my love of classic music The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music Read More with the year I was born.

Just plug in your year of birth, and the site will produce music videos from YouTube of what was playing in that year. When I found out that “Kung-Fu Fighting” came out in my year of birth, that made my entire week. I LOVE that song.

The Infinite Jukebox

This site is kind of weird, but what is a CWA post without a weird one? The Infinite Jukebox takes whatever MP3 you throw at it (or search for a song) and it plays it in an infinite loop. As it plays, it moves around the circle, and the site somehow detects new beats and new ways of playing it (hence all the lines in the middle). Heck, we’ll let the site explain it.

We play the song beat by beat, but at every beat there’s a chance that we will jump to a different part of song that happens to sound very similar to the current beat. For beat similarity we look at pitch, timbre, loudness, duration and the position of the beat within a bar. There’s a nifty visualization that shows all the possible transitions that can occur at any beat.

But be warned though. You’re going to get an earworm out of it. I still can’t get “Call Me Maybe” out of my head.

Song Buddy for Mac

And finally, we leave you with a Mac app which sits up in your menu bar, and gives you the ability to look up bands and singers on the fly. It also listens to iTunes and automatically displays the singer / band’s information of what you are listening to. It has links to their social media pages, YouTube pages, and Spotify page. You can buy their music from Song Buddy, and also be informed of any tour dates that they may have publicised. A must-have for any Mac-owning music fan.

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Again, slightly weird, but as I said before, what’s CWA without a weird one or two? Enjoy.

So what music sites and apps do you use to enhance your enjoyment of music? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credits: Enjoying the music Via Shutterstock

  1. Rob
    December 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Flowkey looks awesome! Something similar for guitar would be great- if I could input the chords I know, and it only plays songs with those chords, I'd definitely use it... if anyone wants to run with that idea, I'll share the profits with you ;)

    • Saikat
      December 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Not as innovative as Flowkey, but you can look into Getinstinct.com and its free lessons.

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