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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/ipad.jpg”>The iPad is the ultimate portable entertainment gadget because of the flexibility of how it can be used. When it comes to just listening to music alone on the iPad, there’s a variety of ways you can do it. Whether it’s listening to specific artists or songs of your choice from your own library, from the net, or listening to various radio stations depending on your preferred genre of music. You can even use the iPad as a way to explore and discover new music.
We’ve put together a list of iPad apps that give users a variety of ways to keep up with the latest in what music has to offer, or listen to your favourite songs. iPhone users should also check out 6 iPhone Internet Radio Apps For Every Type Of Listener. If you’d rather make music than listen to it, be sure to check out 7 Free Apps To Make Music On Your iPhone.
Explore New Music With Aweditorium
Aweditorium [iTunes link] offers a very unique listening experience for iPad users, but it’s not surprising, considering that the app comes from the developers behind the popular music streaming site, TheSixtyOne. When you first launch the app, you will be presented with a grid of artist/band images. Tap on the band of your choice to begin the song.
Much like the website’s interface, the entire iPad screen is dedicated to a photo of the band or artist, with a small menu of controls at the bottom right hand corner which disappears when you tap the screen. To easily listen to the next song you can swipe the screen to easily skip forward.
While Aweditorium offers a fun and sleek way to discover new music, the app’s main flaw is the inability to select at least a genre or mood when listening to music.
Listen To Your Own Music Collection With Audiogalaxy
You can take your entire music collection with you on the go using your iPad and. Install the desktop app on your Mac and once your music library has been automatically scanned, you can access your entire iTunes library using the iPad/iPhone app [iTunes link].
One of the best things about Audiogalaxy is that there is literally no set up process. Simply install the apps on your desktop and iPad/iPhone and let the app do the rest.
There are no restrictions on Audiogalaxy’s use, giving you unlimited access to your music collection from anywhere. You don’t have to be on the same network to access your music, but the computer containing your music library must of course be left on with the Audiogalaxy Helper running. Audiogalaxy can also be used from your iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone, or can even be accessed from your computer’s web browser.
Also be sure to check out ZumoCast, another great option for iPad and iPhone users for accessing their music library from their iOS device.
Listen To Specific Music From YouTube With Vevo
Vevo makes it easy to listen to pretty much any major or up and coming artist on YouTube, providing high quality music videos and exclusive firsts. The iPad app [iTunes link] lives up to Vevo’s great reputation. You can look up specific artists and videos, watch Vevo-created playlists featuring the Top 10 songs in each musical genre, and a music map to see what videos are being played in your neighbourhood. In addition, you can also create your own playlists.
While Vevo doesn’t continue to play in the background when you exit to the homescreen, we can’t really fault them for that as, after all, they are first and foremost a music video service.
Also be sure to check out Muziic, another iPad/iPhone app that takes advantage of the amazing amount of music available on YouTube.
Listen To Genre Radio With Goom Or iheartradio
Goom [iTunes link] provides 5 radio stations, each playing a specific genre of music, from pop, to hip hop to metal. The app doesn’t give you many options or features. Simply play music, and download the currently playing song on iTunes. Goom continues to play in the background if you exit to the home screen.
Another great iPad radio app is the aptly name iheartradio [iTunes link]. Browse radio stations by musical genre, with a special list of commercial free radio stations. You can add radio stations to your favourites to come back to them easily, as well as watch a selection of music videos that are provided in the app. There is also an iPhone version of the app available. As would be expected with a radio app, iheartradio continues to play if you exit to the home screen.
One of the best iPad radio apps is TuneIn Radio [iTunes link], because in addition to offering genre music stations, they also offer local, talk and sports radio stations. With TuneIn Radio you can add radio stations to your presets, as well as access your most recently played radio stations and local stations from the home page.
How do you listen to music on your iPad? Let us know in the comments.
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