8tracks radio

8tracks radio

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Search using definite or abstract terms
  • Over 1 million user-generated playlists
  • Free to download and no ads whatsoever
  • Clean, intuitive design
  • Smooth, endless playback
Cons
  • Make sure you have a wi-fi signal!
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Expert's Review
9.0
Awesome

"Make me a mixtape that makes me yours"

Reviewed by / Oct 14, 2013

The best way yet to discover and enjoy new music - for any time, taste, or place

Everyone knows the feeling of struggling to find the appropriate soundtrack for the moment, whether it's for at the office or at the beach, for working out or making out. Sometimes your worn out personal music library just doesn't cut it anymore, and you're in desperate need of some fresh beats. The popular Pandora is one solution, but it's not available internationally, and the library of artists is limited. Enter 8tracks, the mixtape sharing method that's shortly to become your favorite way of listening to music.

Filter through over 1 million user-generated playlists by artist, tags, or keywords. This can be as concrete as "Devendra Banhart" or "free jazz," or you can find appropriate lists for your mood and activity with searches as abstract as "staring at the ceiling," "autumn morning," and/or "whiskey." If you want music to match it, chances are great that someone else has put together a playlist, which other users can rank and comment upon. You can also take your own spin as a DJ and upload personalized playlists for others to enjoy.

Save your favorite lists to your profile for quick access later. 8tracks will also analyze your taste and recommend related lists accordingly. You can follow specific users if you find super talented mix artists, and you can also save your favorite individual tracks to a list that links to playable YouTube/SoundCloud clips.

8tracks is set up to be a 100% legal way for you to listen to music whenever, wherever. It's also completely devoid of ads and totally free to use. The navigation is intuitive and clean, and it quietly (or loudly, if you crank up the volume!) runs in the background of your device. The only caveat has to do with data streaming - you may want to ensure you've got a wi-fi signal, or else you'll insidiously chew away at your data plan as you groove.

I couldn't recommend 8tracks any more strongly - these days, it's almost exclusively what I use to listen to music. I have no doubt you'll find yourself quickly addicted as well.

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Developer's original description available here
Overview

8tracks Radio provides the best music for any taste, time & place.

Need a playlist for the office or the beach? For working out or making out? Do you like deep house or dubstep, indie rock or classic rock, jazz or punk, hip hop or classical, rare groove or metal? We’ve got it all and more.

Choose from nearly 1 million fresh, free playlists, each curated by someone who knows and loves music. Enjoy millions of tracks uploaded and curated by people around the world.

What’s different from other radio & music apps?

✓ Free
✓ No audio ads
✓ No listening limit
✓ Less repetition
✓ Deep selections (something for every genre, mood and activity)
✓ Unmatched music discovery
✓ An interesting (and sometimes attractive) person “behind the music”

Join 8tracks’ global community of more than 5 million monthly listeners and tune in for free today!

Features

- Each playlist includes 8 or more tracks, along with a title, cover art & description
- Listeners browse mixes in a variety of ways:
- Activity or mood tags, like study, workout, party, sex & sleep
- Genre tags, like indie rock, electronic, hip hop, country & jazz
- Editor’s picks like Pitchfork, Vice, SPIN, Rolling Stone & Resident Advisor
- Search by artist or DJ
- If you enjoy what you hear, you can:
- Favorite the track to add it to a wishlist
- Like the mix to bookmark it and send love to the DJ
- Follow the DJ to add his/her future mixes to your “mix feed”
- This version supports:
- Android 2.1 & up
- Both Honeycomb & Ice Cream Sandwich
- Tablets, including Samsung Galaxy Tab and Kindle Fire

Register

Once you’ve installed the app, register with 8tracks to personalize your listening experience. We only ask for username, email and password, or you can simply connect via Facebook. Once registered, you’ll be able to favorite tracks, like or comment on mixes, and follow DJs. While we don’t support mix creation on the app, you can head to 8tracks.com to create a playlist to share with others, using tracks from your personal collection or your favorites from SoundCloud.

Browse

Now it’s time to find a mix that’s just right for your tastes, whatever you’re doing and however you’re feeling. Tap the Home icon to open navigation options, then search for mixes by tag, artist, DJ or description. On the results page, add more tags to refine your search or sort the results by trending, newest or popular.

Listen

Once you tap on a mix, you’ll arrive at the mixpage, which includes title, cover art, and a count of “plays” and “likes” to date. The current track is displayed along with player controls at the bottom of the screen, and the star icon allows you to Favorite it.

Like & share

The heart icon allows you to Like (bookmark) the mix for later, and you can instantly Share it with friends via text, email, Twitter or Facebook. If you don’t like what you hear, click Next mix to jump to another playlist.

Follow

Click on a DJ’s name or avatar on any mixpage to check out the DJ’s profile, which includes basic info (location, short bio, Twitter handle, website), stats (mixes, followers, following), and a list of all mixes published by that DJ. Click Follow to add a DJ’s mixes to your mix feed.

Accolades

“Algorithm-powered ‘personal radio’ services like Pandora are all very well. But they don't feel nearly as personal as 8tracks, a music site where real people do the choosing of tunes.”
- Time Magazine, 50 Best Websites of 2011
“When it comes to finding new music, 8tracks has long been one of the cooler methods.”
- MG Siegler, TechCrunch
“8tracks has slowly and steadily emerged as the industry’s reigning Internet mixtape startup”
- Colleen Taylor, GigaOM
“A free, legal music service we love”
- Peter Kafka, Silicon Alley Insider
“8tracks takes a fun approach to creating custom mixes with the idea being that user-crafted music programming is more entertaining than algorithm-generated lists.”
- Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable

Recently changed in this version

v2.2.14
✓ Fixed Lockscreen widget showing up randomly
✓ Fix various crashes
✓ Updated most external libraries


Comments and ratings for 8tracks radio
  • (69)

    by Sydney Gabor on 09/04/2014

    I'd give it 5 stars if it didn't constantly say 'internet connection lost.' All the time. It won't play the playlists consistently without having that notification when I have a perfect WiFi signal.

  • (69)

    by Claire Gee on 09/04/2014

    App starts off fine, but once the song plays, it crashes 10 seconds into it. Then a little later it lets me know it's ready again. Also it's inconsistent with keeping me logged in. I use this on a daily basis, so I'm hoping it'll be fixed soon.

  • (69)

    by Haleigh Johnson on 09/04/2014

    I couldn't evn log in, wanted all of my info...uninstalled with 10 min of downloading. Just use the online site

  • (69)

    by Majik Pruitt on 09/04/2014

    It requests permission to read all of your data from your Facebook or G+ account then asks you to "check your username or password." Runs constantly in the background and spams notifications like Air Push.

  • (69)

    by Andrew Holzschuh on 09/04/2014

    Wish I could upload my mixes via the app.

  • (69)

    by William Green on 09/04/2014

    Neat idea, but it just uses so much data compared to spotify or Pandora.

  • (69)

    by Taryn Henry-Prospere on 08/04/2014

    On my Samsung Galaxy S2 it refuses to connect to the internet while all my other apps like instagram, twitter and songza work fine