The app lets you browse, discover, pre-order and purchase mp3's in their new online store.
The app, which is available for free on iOS and android, combines image search and sound search technology with high quality mp3 downloads. What this means for the user, is that say you are browsing in-store, and would like to hear what a certain album/song sounds like, all you have to do is take a picture of the chosen album and the app will bring up the album details and will let you listen to a 30 second clip. Or you have the option of 'sound search', (highlight of the app for me!) which is basically Shazam built into the app, for those who are not familiar with Shazam, the sound search lets your phone listen to music (be it radio/tv/in-store) and will pull up the song/album details and give you the option of purchasing the song or full album.
The app will even match up some 'similar' music/band options for you to discover & browse from your search.
Once you buy online, the mp3's are integrated into the users own iTunes or Windows Media Library on their Mac or PC. HMV have priced their music to match that of iTunes.
According to a statement from the company, the HMV app is the first non-iTunes-based service on Apple's iOS platform to allow the purchase of digital music downloads through a native app.
We are liking the new digital direction HMV are embracing since the company was taken over by Hilco Capital earlier this year and are looking forward to new progressions from HMV.
Soundwave is an Irish developed music app making waves around the world. With everyone from Bono to Stephen Fry and even apple co-founder Steve Wozniack raving about it we had to download it for Appy Monday!
Soundwave allows users to discover new music by looking at what their friends, families, idols or even just people in a certain region are listening to. Available on both iPhone and Android, Soundwave is set to bring social media with music to the next level. Signing up to Soundwave is easy and in just a few minutes you are ready to rock and roll. Soundwave captures data from the music playing on your phone from the tracks in your music player as well as subscriptions to services such as Spotify.
You can check the app out on this cool Android demo:
So I'm a massive music fan. I discovered Spotify roughly a year ago and since then, I've moved almost totally over from iTunes to streaming music - either through my phone, or on my Mac.
One of the annoying things about it though was the iPad app - it wasn't native to the iPad and as a result you had to tap that annoying (and highly pixelated) x2 icon to zoom into the glorified iPhone app.
BUT yesterday - Spotify released a brand new snazzy iPad app. You can go download it now - it's uber cool - as you would expect, has all of the main features - access to your playlists, what your friends are playing, access to offline songs if you've got Spotify Premium and so forth.