Note II need-to-know: music streaming
Other than death and taxes, there really is nothing worse than being out and about and not having that perfect song to hand when you need it the most.
So it’s pretty lucky that the Samsung GALAXY Note II has a fantastic amount of memory to store thousands of your favourite albums and songs. Though when you want (no, demand!) instant access to millions of tracks at your fingertips then you have to seriously consider the best of the many streaming apps and sites available for your smartphone.
Here we choose five of the best music streaming services around, the ones that not only showcase the many talents of the Note II, but also those that won’t let you down when you want to crank up the volume and get the party started, wherever you happen to be.
Samsung Music Hub
We all know how long it can take to download thousands of songs on to a mobile device, so it’s great that there are now myriad streaming options out there that can save you a lot of time and effort.
The Samsung Music Hub is one such service that’s available on the Samsung GALAXY Note II, with no need to download. It is packed with 19 million songs, available on a £9.99 a month subscription and it can also scan and match your entire music library, instantly putting your content in the cloud ready for accessing at your leisure. Couple this with a decent song recommendation tool and what you have is more music than you can shake an S Pen at. Users should also note that Music Hub is available only in selected countries, and purchase of individual songs or whole albums depends on the local carriers.
Perhaps the most well-known music streaming service and for good reason: no it’s not that there are millions of tracks available (but that is something of an added bonus) but the Android app that’s available for the Samsung GALAXY Note II, downloadable for free then a £9.99 a month subscription, is an absolute pleasure to use.
If you have the desktop version of Spotify then any playlists that you have already organised will appear as if by magic through the mobile app. Throw in a great “What’s New” section, some very decent search functionality and a radio tool that allows you to model a radio station around your favourite artist and what you have is a lovely menagerie of music.
We’re not sure what the makers of Rdio have against the letter ‘a’ either, but this complete lack of vowel love has done nothing to tarnish the reputation of Rdio, a streaming music service that’s had something of a makeover of late.
The new beta build of the app is super slick, offering a much-improved interface that sparkles on the Samsung GALAXY Note II’s 5.5 inch screen. The app is a portal to 18 million tracks, which is rather a lot, so Rdio has decided to help you curate content, allowing you to see what your friends are listening to and to collate your own content into playlists. The subscription fee is the same as Spotify (£9.99 a month) and the like, so if you fancy something a little different then there’s no reason why not to go a little Rdio gaga.
One of the first streaming services out in the market and still one of the best, particularly seeing as it’s completely free. Last.fm offers something different to the market. You load the app up with information about the groups and singers that you like and then Last.fm does all the grunt work, creating a radio station that caters to your musical needs.
You can also share tracks you like with your myriad social networks and if you like a particular band you can sign up for ‘on tour’ notifications. It may not be as slick as other streaming services – we’re hoping there’s an update around the corner – but given this is the granddaddy of streaming music, it still manages to be down with the kids.
Given that the beginnings of Napster are rooted in the murky world of piracy it’s rather surprising how the service has managed to brush itself down and relaunch as not only a legitimate music service but one that houses millions of tracks and looks particularly great on the Samsung GALAXY Note II.
Much like other music services (again, the magic number is £9.99 a month) the streaming capabilities are great, offering music on a subscription and the option of setting up offline playlists for when you head out somewhere that lacks a decent Wi-Fi reception. Add to this radio functionality, similar artists and the like and what you have is a decent audio service.