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8tracks Radio for iPhone App Review

8tracks Radio for iPhone App Review

The mix tape is an art form that future generations will never truly get to appreciate. While it is easy enough to make someone a mix CD and the sound will be of a much higher quality, it just lacks the charm and qualities that a mix tape embodies. However, nostalgic complaints aside, in this world of music on demand and superior technology, sharing playlists has never been easier and now there is an app that allows you to effectively make a mix tape for the world and receive millions in return.

8tracks Radio is a new music app for the iPhone and it is completely free from the App Store. This is one all music lovers should download because it really is something special. If you are a fan of such music services as Last FM then this is a much more innovative way to enjoy music, share music and discover a whole world of undiscovered songs. There really is nothing like it.

All the music available on 8tracks radio is submitted by its users, including you if you so choose, and there really is no limit to what you can find on there. Playlists come in the form of virtual mix tapes that have been put together by users and submitted. It could be a whole album, or at least a selection from one to fit into the 30 minute playlist limit, it could be various songs from the same genre or it could be a completely random selection. Whatever you find, music apps have rarely been so fun.

You can start searching straight away and the Featured section is a good place to begin but there is no organisation here, you could find anything. But you can also search by artist and genre, although there is no guarantee as to what kind of playlist you will find. This only adds to the fun though and there is a real charm to the whole thing when you listen to homemade playlists from other users. You can also view the profiles and see what else that person has been submitting. Mixes can be paused or skipped and details are included as to what you are listening to, although the description is only as good as the user has bothered to make it. You should however be able to find any artist you are looking for, as well as many more you weren’t but this is a great way to discover more. Naturally you can share your favourite mixes on Twitter too.

There is just one flaw and it is a small one. If you do want to create and upload a playlist you cannot do it through the app. Instead you need to go onto the website and do it there. But apart from that, this is a truly great music app that provides endless entertainment. It is hard to fault the hours of free music you gain access to and it is a very innovative way to discover new music.

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