There is no doubt that music is a big part of many people’s lives. People get their music through many different methods, from CDs (yes, people still buy those) to iTunes to streaming music. Indeed, there are some pretty good streaming services out there, notably Slacker and Pandora, but there are some other good ones out there as well. After I found out that there wasn’t an article about these lovely two apps I’m about to share with you, I was shocked.
About DI.FM & Sky.FMDI.FM (DI is short for Digitally Imported) and Sky.FM are my most common sources of music. DI.FM and Sky.FM are basically the same as they come from the same company, but they are separate because DI.FM focuses on many types of electronica while Sky.FM covers all other “traditional” forms of music. These two sites are true streaming services in that you really tune into a live stream; you can’t go back or skip forward.
While this might be a turnoff for some people, I am personally fine with it as the music the two sites stream are carefully selected by channel admins. I really enjoy using these sites, and better yet, they have some killer Android and iOS apps as well!
Installation & First Launch
Both apps can be installed by searching for DI.FM and Sky.FM in the Play Store or iTunes store, or you can click on the corresponding links (Android: DI.FM & Sky.FM; iOS: DI.FM & Sky.FM). Getting straight to the music is very simple: once installation completes, launch the application and choose a genre from the list. You should then be able to listen to whatever you picked out!
Like I said, Sky.FM specializes in everything not electronica, so the possible list in their app will be different.
Thankfully, these apps have a lot more features than just a list of different genres. In the DI.FM app, there is a tab for all currently running and upcoming shows. Shows offer special opportunities to listen to music that isn’t in the regular stream rotation, so if you’re into them, it’ll be easy to keep track of when they go live.
Going along the list of available tabs, both DI.FM and Sky.FM have a Community tab, where Facebook posts and tweets from Twitter are compiled from all kinds of active community members around the DI.FM and Sky.FM sites. If you want to get involved in the music community, this is a great place to start.
Finally, there is a tab called Premium. All this tab does it lets you know if you’re correctly logged into the Premium service if you decided to subscribe to it. Premium service from these two sites (pay for one site and it works on both) allows you to get your music at much higher bitrates and without any commercials.
There isn’t a lot you can change in the settings except the preferred bitrates depending on whether you’re a subscriber or not and whether you’re using your data plan or using a WiFi network. You can also choose to have it automatically lock your phone when the screen turns off.
ConclusionThese apps are really high quality and I definitely enjoy using them. In fact, most of the time I reach my monthly data limit thanks to these two, but it’s still worth it to me. If you’re into streaming music, you should definitely check these out if you haven’t already. Just remember to use your WiFi whenever you can!
What’s your favorite streaming music app? How does this compare to your own collection or hybrids like Google Music? Let us know in the comments!