There are plenty of music streaming services to choose from, and these services are inspiring a growing number of add-ons and companion apps designed to help you get even more bang for your subscription buck, either by finding new things to listen to or helping you save songs you enjoyed.
That means you’re not restricted to just the features inside Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, or whichever streaming platform you’re signed up for, because you can use tools that run on top of these services as well to add extra features and options beyond what you get by default.
Some of these tools can actually be used with any music streaming service, while others are focused on one platform in particular. Here are a few of our current favorites, which we hope you find useful.
Songpocket (for iPhone and iPad) plugs right into the Music app on your phone or tablet, giving you more control over how your music is arranged. In other words, you don’t have to settle for the automatic ordering and grouping that Apple imposes on you—you can put your favorite artists at the top, group albums together however you like, and so on.
The app works with anything inside the default Music app, whether that’s synced from the Apple Music streaming catalog or imported from elsewhere. When you first open up the app, you’ll see all your music organized by artist name, and from there you can start reordering the lists and moving albums between groupings that you’ve created yourself.
You’ll have to pay $5 for Next (for iPhone and iPad), but it’ll be worth the investment for many serious music lovers. It works like a smart shuffle, looking at play counts for the tracks in your library to surface some of the songs you love as well as a few “hidden gems” that you might not have heard in a while, and which would otherwise not get rediscovered.
Next works with the library in the Apple Music app, whether that’s tunes you’ve purchased, imported, or saved from the streaming music catalog that Apple provides. The integration is seamless too, and Next works with Siri, CarPlay, and AirPlay, as well as the Music app—and there’s even a widget for pinning this smart shuffle feature to a home screen.
Boil the Frog
Boil the Frog (web) borrows the old adage about a frog being slowly boiled in a pot to apply it to playlists: The web app takes you from one artist to another, in as few tracks as possible, using artist similarity data generated by Spotify. For the most impressive results, try going between two artists that are known for completely different styles of music.