In the 21st century, we have seen the boom of technology with the advent of smarter, smaller, faster and pricier gadgets. One of the best yet is the invention of the smartphones. BlackBerry nails this with a phone, not only for business but also for leisure. And what better way to relax, whether you’re at home or on the road, than with a playlist of your favorite music.
Depending on your style and taste for music, there are two main ways by which you can get tunes onto your device. The first is via mp3 files. These are for the people who love listening to their favorites and like having a predictable playlist. The second is via live streaming. You can still choose what you listen to but you have the option of going through an online library of over a million songs and there is always the possibility of finding a new favorite track each time. So whether you want the first or second method, you can see how they can work more for you in the succeeding steps below.
Using .mp3 Files
The simplest way to listen to music on your BlackBerry is by using mp3 files. This is perfect for those who: (1) don’t have access to Wifi or 3G; (2) have the songs they want to listen to; and (3) want the simple plug-and-play experience.
Step 1: Load the songs to your BlackBerry device.
Using your PC or MAC, load your songs to the device using the USB sync feature or through WiFi transfer.
Step 2: Finding the media player for you
All BlackBerry smart phones come with a default media player that is easy to use and user-friendly. But some people may find it too simple and lacking in features. If you’re someone who only needs the play and stop button then you’re done and good to go. But for those with more advanced needs, BlackBerry apps such as MiuTunes and Flipside give the user a more natural feel similar to that of the iPod.
Flipside for example has a resume feature that allows you to go back to the part of the song that you stopped at. Both applications offer a smooth cover-flow experience and allow you to browse the net for album artwork. Another cool app which would be a hit for karaoke lovers is TuneWiki which has a free version and shows the lyrics to each song.
Another option is to use live streaming. This is especially good for people who: (1) are on an unlimited data plan and so have access to an internet connection 24/7, (2)are musically adventurous, and (3) want to listen to music or radio channels not available in their own state or country.
There’s Slacker, NuTsie, iHeartRadio and many more. What’s great about these apps are that aside from getting a global scale of music genres, you can refine the music selection recommended to you by rating songs. The app analyzes what kinds of songs you do and don’t like and it recommends a new set of songs based on how you rated those similar to it.
So who else listens to music on their BlackBerry? Share with us your favorite apps for music. Or tell us why you prefer a different device all together.