Five Reasons To Download Beats Music NOW
January 31st, 2014 by Christen
A new gladiator has just arrived in the the music streaming arena and Beats Music has plans on leaving its mark on the music subscription industry. Earlier this week, the much anticipated Beats Music service launched. From the hip-hop artist and impresario Dr. Dre and the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Jimmy Iovine, Beats By Dre has reinvented the headphone category and they are trying their luck at the much more crowded field of streaming music service. With options like Rdio, Spotify and Pandora - I was eager to try out The Beats Music app and service to see if it's really worth all the hype. What I discovered was a whole new way to enjoy good music and wrangled down my thoughts to Five reasons why you need to download the Beats Music app now...
1. Easy Listening With A Human Curated PlaylistIf you hate logging into your streaming music app and within minutes SKIP, SKIP, SKIP - then a better curated experience is what you need. One of the much talked about features is the notion of curated playlists. Many streaming services use algorithms to determine what similar songs to play - based on sound. However, Beats Music enlists tastemaker curated playlists that suggests music based on how they make you feel. For example, if you only like songs featuring 2Chainz but not a fan of 2Chainz albums - there's a "2Chainz Guestlist" playlist that archives the hottest songs by your favorite artists featuring 2Chainz on the track. (Which is great, since we all know that featured artists usually put their best foot forward on guest tracks anyways). Beats comes with a host of other tastemaker playlists that gives the option to just listen while someone else does the work.
2. Mobile User FriendlyThe first thing you notice about Beats Music is the beautiful design. The navigation is simple and clear, the design templates are brilliantly artful and rich. Unlike Spotify, this is clearly a mobile-first service -- and the user experience proves it. Like Spotify you can search for and listen to any album you want. But the Beats mobile app is especially designed to offer myriad ways of browsing, from music offered up based on your history to browsing by an array of genres and activities -- if you're having a party, working out on the treadmill or simply need to thug it out there are hundreds of playlist discoveries on your smartphone just waiting for you.
3. Mad Libs For Music - The SentenceAnd then there's my favorite feature of the app, "The Sentence". Beats gives you a way to roll the dice and discover music bases on your mood. Remember MAD LIBS - the childhood workbooks of the 80's? (80's babies stand up!) By completing a sentence as in: I'm UNDER THE WEATHER and feel like ESCAPING with my FRIENDS to HARDCORE HIP HOP - Based on changing those variables, the app will serve you up hours of music to listen to. I was magically transported to the 90's classic "Check Yo Self" by Ice Cube. (That's pretty accurate to me.)