For every song you know there are thousands of great ones waiting in the wings. Thatâ€™s why we love music discovery apps so much. Music Hunter for iPad is easily one of the slickest ones weâ€™ve seen and should appeal to any music lover.
Music Hunter [App Store, $0.99] is a product of a collaboration between the popular indie music discovery site We Are Hunted and music app developer The Echo Nest, whose intelligent music platform weâ€™ve written about before. Unlike their first collaboration, the likeable but limited appeal Pocket Hipster, Music Hunter is a music discovery app for the masses.
Instead of a focus on indie music, Music Hunter spans the breadth of musical tastes from progressive to hip-hop and beyond.
When you fire up the app youâ€™re given the ability to choose a genre and theme of music. This allows you to specify selections like electronic music thatâ€™s good for dancing or really loud jazz.
Once youâ€™ve made your selection youâ€™re presented with a gorgeous sliding palette of track samples represented by their album covers. Then youâ€™re free to tap around on the array to hear samples of the tracks.Â You can also choose to simply search for an artist and be presented with a selection of choices that are similar.
All of these options combine to make Music Hunter work like a â€˜seekâ€™ button that only plays music that youâ€™ll like.
Along the bottom of the app youâ€™re presented with buttons that allow you to favorite tracks, get more info about an artist, seamlessly purchase tracks from iTunes and share your discoveries via Twitter or Facebook.
There are a couple of items that Iâ€™d like to see added in the future, like the ability to suggest items based on my library or a continuously scrolling mode that I didnâ€™t have to refresh manually for new selections.Â Additionally, support for external music listening apps like Rdio or Spotify would be a nice touch.
Regardless, Music Hunter has already joined the ranks of my go-to apps for music discovery. If youâ€™re serious about keeping your musical selection fresh check it out and let us know what you think.