Everybody likes something for free, and most paid streaming music services tend to offer some kind of limited sampler for prospective users to accustom themselves to. But whilst many of us will have tried out 30-second clips of songs on iTunes or ad-befuddled Spotify Free, an intriguing new iPhone app allows you to play full length tracks without parting with any of that hard-earned cash. What’s more, it’s completely legal, so if the idea of a free app containing free music has piqued your interest, be sure to join us for further details and that all-important download link after the leap.
It wasn’t so long ago that Apple’s iTunes Music Store was seen as the go-to portal for those in search of digital music. But nowadays, the likes of Pandora and the aforementioned Spotify reign supreme, and since users needn’t clog up their device’s storage with tracks, streaming makes a great deal of practical sense in the age of The Cloud.
BOOMiO touts itself as a social music and discovery service that permits users to source new content and share new findings with friends. The aspect that tends to put folk off trying out new music apps is the fact that they’re often lacking in terms of sheer content, but as per BOOMiO’s description, it’s crammed full with "millions of original, full-length, licensed tracks."
Once you’ve found something worth shouting about, you can ‘BOOM’ a track to a friend or group, while getting a conversation going about the music in real-time.
It all looks pretty neat, and having briefly tried it out, we’d be lying if we said there’s no potential there. But it’s still very early doors, and given how Spotify and Pandora dominate this field like Netflix does video content, it’s hard to see anybody, BOOMiO or otherwise, making any kind of headway just now.
Still, with upcoming improvements including the Spotify-esque ability to follow artists, it’s certainly worth a peek, so grab it below, for free, and let us know of your thoughts via the usual channels.
(Download: BOOMiO for iPhone on the App Store)