At the moment I can't stop using 8tracks. It's not a new app, it was released in 2008 but I think it's popularity has had a sudden surge. If you don't know what 8tracks is, it's a online music radio where you can listen to playlists depending on your mood. The playlists have been uploaded from other 8tracks users and you can also create your own playlists. It's free and available to iPhone and Android users. I mainly use this app on my iPhone when I'm out and about - it's perfect for long journeys. But I have got a copy downloaded to my iPad Mini for when I'm in bed reading blogs and surfing Pinterest etc.
Once you've created an account (for free) you can access all the features of 8tracks. You can like or 'heart' playlists and go back to them later, you can save searches for example I previously have searched 'chill+love'. You can also see what playlists are featured and what's popular.
What I love the most is that you select the type of music you want to listen to, depending on your mood. So if you're ready for a workout at the gym there are playlists for that. Or if you're on a long tiring road trip, there are playlists for that too. Pretty much any mood or category you can imagine is on there!
When I find myself wanting to play some music but I'm never quite sure what I'm after, or I'm bored of all my iTunes stuff I go to 8tracks. Find a playlist, check out it's popularity by how many 'hearts' it has and hit play. I'm constantly coming across new artists and amazing songs I'd never heard of before. And 8tracks will play away in the background while you use other apps on your phone or tablet.
As well as liking playlists you can also favourite individual tracks. This is great if you come across a song you love and want to mark that down so you never forget it! You can't actually play songs back through 8tracks. But you can then go online to find that new song and download it.
It seems a bit too good to be true but 8tracks get away with providing this free music service by having rules and restrictions in other places. You can't skip as many tracks a you like - you can skip 3 times in one playlist per hour. You can't go back and replay a track you really like. You can play the whole playlist again but the order of the songs may change. You also can't see the entire playlist before the track has played so you don't know what's coming up. But despite these restrictions I still find the app really useful - especially when you're not quite sure what you're looking for and you want to discover some new artists.
You can have an online 8tracks presence and access music and your account through a computer by going to 8tracks.com. This is also how you create your own playlists. I wasn't asked or sponsored to write this review I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this app so all opinions are honest and my own.
My Current Favourites
- Darling Are You Gunna Leave Me (LCAW Remix) by London Grammar
- Depth Over Distance (Studio Version) by Ben Howard
- Wicked Game (Cover) by Gemma Hayes
- Lay Your Cards Out - Poliça feat. Mike Noyce
Do you have a favourite music app or are you an 8tracks fan too?