For most people, stepping outside of their musical comfort zone is just not something they normally do. It’s not often you’ll find a country music fan listening to metal music or vice versa. However, with the growth of music services, and easy access to music via the internet, an increasing number of people have begun to expand their horizons a little bit. Museed by Esmes Digital Oy is an app that can help you in your quest to discover new and different music from around the world. This app has samples of music from every corner of the globe, in just about every category you can think of. For the true music lover this app is a gold mine. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Museed is quite a unique app. Sure there are tons of music apps available for download, but not with the global variety that you’ll find in this one. Most music services concentrate on the most popular forms of music, Billboard Top 40 and the like, but totally ignore the vast variety of music that’s available at our fingertips. With Museed you get a glimpse into what others around the world are listening to and some obscure musical offerings as well. If you’re tired of the same old thing Museed is the perfect app to discover new music.
There are a couple of issues with this app. It doesn’t show you how far into the track you are and it only plays short clips of individual tracks – if you want to experience the whole song you’ll have to do a Google search or try and purchase it for your iTunes library. Museed is really only intended as a music sampler to give you a taste of what’s out there. There aren’t any instructions either, but the app is pretty simple to use so this isn’t a major concern. This app will require 11.3 MB of available space on your iOS device.
When you open the app it will pick a random style of music from around the world to get you started. At the top of the app is a simple music player with a play/pause button and the ability to go back a track or skip ahead. Underneath the music player is a list of some of the more popular tracks in that genre – you can tap on any individual track to listen to it but it will only play for a few seconds before switching to the next track.
If you want to search through all the available genres, there’s a search button in the top left corner that you can tap on which will bring up an extensive alphabetical listing. If a style of music exists, chances are you’ll find it here. If you find something that interests you, all you have to do is tap on it to bring up the sampler for that music style. It’s a little frustrating only hearing a few seconds of a song at a time, but it does give you an idea of what the genre is like.
Access to samples of music from every corner of the globe
Can’t see how far along the track is
Only plays a few seconds of each track
Museed is a great way to gain an appreciation of different types of music from around the world that you’ve probably never had the opportunity to experience before. It features an easy-to-use interface, but unfortunately it only plays a few seconds from each song. Still, if you want to get an idea of what others around the globe are listening to, it’s a good place to start.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.