Music Apps For Wearables

music-appsGet down with these five unmissable music apps for your smartwatch.

It’s worth remembering that the digital revolution didn’t really kick off until Apple launched the first iPod all the way back in 2001.  Since then, delivering music to the masses has been one of the main goals of almost all devices that have been released. Smartwatches are no different, offering you a multitude of ways of connecting with the tunes that you love.

What are music apps for smartwatch?

Music has always been, and remains, one of the most competitive spaces in the digital world. There are so many music apps available for smart devices, and they all offer subtly different products, from streaming full albums or artists, music reviews, tour information and buying tickets and creating radio stations built just for you.

The smartwatch off the bat would seem to be at a disadvantage to other devices available. Firstly, it’s size doesn’t allow for the storage of many files, and it’s lack of speakers or ear phone jack mean that music can rarely be played directly out of the device. However don’t let that put you off, because there are a wealth of apps available on smartwatches catering to a widely different set of needs.

Here we take a look at some of the apps and developers who are duking it out to bring you your music the way you want it.

What are the best music apps for your wearable?

Music AppsAbout the AppCompatibilityPurchase
Music BossMusic BossThis popular app for the Pebble smartwatch allows you to control your music from whatever device you’re listening to it from your smartwatch. It displays information, and allows you to skip and rate tracks right from your wrist.Available for Pebble smartwatches from the Google Play app store.
HighnoteHighnoteThis interesting little app allows you to adjust the timing or key of any song in your library. While that may not mean much to most of us, I’m sure if you’re a dancer or if you sample a lot of sounds this could be the app you’ve been waiting for.Available for Apple Watch from the Apple Watch app store.Buy now
Music Player Smart ExtensionMusic Player Smart ExtensionThis is Sony’s official extension of the Music Player service that they offer on smart phone and tablet devices. It allows you full control of the music on your device straight from your Sony Smartwatch or Smartwatch 2 (SW2).Available for Sony Smartwatch or Smartwatch 2 from the Google Play app store.
PandoraPandoraPossibly the internet's favourite radio station comes to the Apple Watch with a small and tidy remote that links to the Pandora app on the iPhone. The app will allow users to skip and favourite tracks for a constantly changing and more personal listening experience.Available for the Apple Watch from the Apple Watch app store.Buy now
ShazamShazamThe ubiquitous and ingenious music recognition software comes to your wrist, as Shazam announced it would be available on Android and Apple smartwatches earlier this year. I remember downloading this app with such excitement, followed quickly by never really having the need to use it. Still it’s really cool and will be a welcome addition to the wearable tech market.Available for Apple Watch from the Apple Watch app store and for Android from the Google Play app store.Buy now

Frequently asked questions

Can you tell me about smartwatch apps in development?

Unfortunately not, developers are notoriously secretive about upcoming products and you often have to wait for official announcement before getting any news about what is coming next.

Can I download smartwatch apps for free?

Yes (sometimes!). There are a whole host of smartwatches apps available completely free from the various smartwatch app stores, however, sometimes there is a small charge. It’s a good bet that if you can afford to buy the watch though, that you will be able to afford the small fees charged for applications.

What are the best apps available for smartwatches?

The quality of an app largely relates to your interest in having it. Gamers love games, shares love sharing, and so on, and so on. However, with so many great apps available, you can be assured that whatever your interests there will be an app that caters to your tastes.

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