Downloading music? We DO hope it’s legal
by on January 26, 2012
Music downloading applications are becoming prevalent on smartphones, and it feels like we’re back in the early days of the internet when music, porn and angry chat rooms were pretty much the only things you could find.
It’s a simple premise on Android – they’re all the same, these apps, helping you search for a song and then download it easily and in decent quality (so we hear).
This isn’t quite the same on Windows Phone, as the application is basically a glorified internet browser and music player, giving you a list of sites that look like they were invented circa 1997 with lists of MP3s to download (as well as legal repositories of audio books and the likes of Last.FM too).
Annoyingly anything you (legally) download won’t go into the Music and Video Player thanks to the Zune lockdown of Windows Phone, so you can only play the songs and create playlists of such from within the application.
Although there is one really cool bit of functionality in the shape of a multi-touch volume control; simply pinch in or out and the music will get louder or softer accordingly.
The app feels a little on the wrong side of legal to us, and the list of sites a little dodgy/useless, but we think this will probably be the first of many apps in this vein, so at least we should salute it as something of a trailblazer.
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