Listen to Hype Machine tracks on Android
I have to admit that I have not really explored many audio streaming options on my Galaxy Note II. The core reason for that is that I'm on a plan that limits the available bandwidth, and that I do not want to waste it on music.
This is different when my phone is connected to a local Wi-Fi and I recently have started to explore some of the options available in form of Android apps. The most recent application that I looked at is UberHype, which taps right into the popular Hype Machine database of songs. If you never heard about the service before, let me give you a quick rundown.
The Hype Machine is a music aggregation service that makes available songs that are posted on other websites and blogs. While it usually does not provide you with mainstream titles and artists, it is an excellent way of discovering new artists that you may like.
What I do not really like about the service on the web is that last time I checked, you had to register an account to listen to music continuously. The application appears to not be limited in the same way.
When you start the application you are presented with a list of popular songs right away. Each song is represented with a thumbnail, artist and song name as well as the location on the web it was found on. You can tap on a song to start playing it right away on the device.
The application from that moment on will cycle through all available songs automatically from that moment on just like a radio would. Each song is displayed with a larger screenshot of the band, artist or cover art when it starts playing along with the usual song and band information you get. You can use the controls here to go back to the last played song, skip the current song if it is not interesting enough, or use the controls at the top to access more music by that artist or the blog the song was posted on.
Here you can also open a link to the original blog post to read it which may be helpful in finding out more about the artist or song.
You can alternatively tune in into the latest songs posted on the Hype Machine, use a keyword search to find artists, songs or blog, log in or register an account to use things like adding tracks to the favorites or using Last.fm's scrobbling technology. Songs that you have discovered can also be shared across major social networking sites.
UberHype all in all is a great application if you are interested in independent music and music discovery.Advertisement