Top 3 Music Mobile Apps for Contractors

Posted by David Chism | Tue, Jun 14, 2011

 Top 3 Music Mobile Apps for Contractors
My pri­ma­ry ser­vice is being a mar­ket­ing man­ag­er and keep­ing ser­vice com­pa­nies account­able with their mar­ket­ing and cus­tomer ser­vice. My sec­ondary ser­vice, which ends up being more of a hob­by, is test­ing out cloud com­put­ing pro­grams and mobile appli­ca­tions for con­trac­tors. Small busi­ness con­trac­tors tend to be on the road a lot these days try­ing to stir up work. Many of them use their time wise­ly by lis­ten­ing to books on tap and pod­cast, which I high­ly rec­om­mend. How­ev­er, if you are like me, I some­times like to use those short trips to do noth­ing pro­duc­tive but lis­ten to good music. So what are the three top music mobile apps that I’ve used? I will list them in order of my top choice to third choice. #1 Groove­shark Groove­shark works pri­mar­i­ly on a Black­ber­ry or Android plat­form. It can work on an iPhone, but the iPhone must be jail­bro­ken.” What does that mean? It is easy to do but com­pli­cat­ed to explain in this blog post. If you real­ly want it on your iPhone, shoot me an email and I’ll tell you how to get it on there: it is free and easy to do. Groove­shark lets you choose what songs you want to lis­ten to. Once you select the song, you can cre­ate your own playlist. It takes a bit more work using Groove­shark because you have to man­u­al put all the songs you’d like togeth­er. I tend to go through phas­es where I lis­ten to 20 or so songs a hun­dred times. So for me, Groove­shark is per­fect. I have a cou­ple of favorite playlist that I play often. Once I get tired of those songs, I cre­ate anoth­er playlist. The only down­side to Groove­shark is the month­ly cost. It is free if you use it on your desk­top com­put­er, but if you want it on your phone, it is about $9 a month. Good app, def­i­nite­ly cheap­er than just buy­ing indi­vid­ual songs from iTunes, if you real­ly like music! #2 Jan­go Jan­go has recent­ly intro­duced their own mobile apps to the Android and iPhone com­mu­ni­ties. I have been wait­ing for this App for about a year. I have not test­ed this App on the Android but use it on my iPhone. Although I like Groove­shark when select­ing indi­vid­ual songs, Jan­go does an excel­lent job help­ing me select a good playlist. How it works: I choose an artist. Jan­go then gives me a list of sim­i­lar artist. I then tell it whether I want to play more or less of those artist. Once I’ve built my desired artist, it will begin play­ing them. I then begin to rate whether I like the song and/​or artist (like Pan­do­ra). If I don’t like a song, it will tell me it won’t ever play it again and will then ask if I want to con­tin­ue play­ing music from that artist. It is pret­ty intel­li­gent, because some­times, I don’t like all the artist on a cer­tain sta­tion” that I cre­at­ed. Jan­go is still new to me, but so far, I real­ly like it. The songs it is play­ing are pret­ty much right to my lik­ing. The good part: it is still free! #3 Pan­do­ra I was a huge fan of Pan­do­ra when it was released. I won­dered who the heck could ever com­pete with this com­pa­ny. I would play Pan­do­ra at my house, com­put­er and car when­ev­er I could. Groove­shark and Jan­go have tru­ly done an awe­some job in my book mov­ing ahead of Pan­do­ra because of the cus­tomiza­tion fea­tures. Pan­do­ra is still a great App, sim­ple and easy to use. The only down­side I’ve expe­ri­enced with it is it is not so cus­tomiz­able. It also tends to play the same songs sev­er­al times in a short times­pan. Do I still use Pan­do­ra? Yes but not as much as the oth­er two apps. My wife still is use to Pan­do­ra and plays it pri­mar­i­ly. That is only because I have not intro­duced her to Jan­go! What do you guys use on the road? Any­thing I’m miss­ing that should be on the list? I’ve yet to try Rhap­sody, though it sounds very sim­i­lar to Groove­shark and is $9.99 a month.

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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