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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Sharing A Neat Music App

A couple of years ago I wrote about enjoying the ability to listen to U.S. Radio stations over the net via a nifty app called 'Wunder Radio'.  I have to say, it's great being able to do my Friday pre-Shabbat chores while listening to a Classic Rock station broadcasting from Connecticut (complete with traffic reports and local ads) over the stereo.

That's great while I'm at home, but on the few occasions I've tried to listen to my favorite U.S. stations while out in the car or on my scooter, it becomes frustrating as the music stops, buffers and freezes while I go through areas of spotty cell-coverage.  Also, while I happen to have an unlimited 'all you can eat' data plan on my iPhone, many people don't, and trying to stream music over the web on a long trip can get costly.

Enter a very near app called JANGO.  It is available for IOS and Android phones, and rather than constantly streaming, it downloads whole songs in quick bursts.  I imagine it still would be costly for people with very sparse data plans, but for most people it shouldn't be too bad.

Here's how it works:

They have quite a few pre-set 'Genres' such as:

  • Dance
  • Decades: 70s
  • Decades: 80s
  • Decades: 90s
  • Easy Listening
  • Electronic
  • Events
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Indie
  • Pop
  • R&B / Soul
  • Rock
  • World
  • Classical

And within each genre there are preset 'Stations' such as '70s Hits', '80s Hits', Love Songs, etc.

Or, if you want to customize your own play list, you can enter the name of an artist / band, and it will play songs by that artist and other similar artists.

Now, even if I'm driving through really remote areas, so long as I have even an intermittent cell signal, I can enjoy uninterrupted* music.

Best of all, JANGO is free!

Don't thank me... I'm a giver!  :-)

* The app pushes occasional ads at you every few songs, but I haven't noticed them to the extent that I consider them an interruption.

Posted by David Bogner on September 6, 2012 | Permalink

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I've used Jango, which is good. There is also Tunein which streams.

Posted by: quietusleo | Sep 6, 2012 3:58:13 PM

I also love Jango. Over the years, I have built "my" playlists, that have been augmented by similar artists I might otherwise never have encountered. Jango has also been very attentive to requests, adding artists they never heard of, whom I have found interesting. It really becomes your personal radio station. Good stuff. Enjoy!

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Sep 7, 2012 1:13:41 PM

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