App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to find and fill it with not only the best, but also the most helpful apps out there. Because they come and go quicker than the latest fashion trends, and digging through Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or any of the others is such a mission; a little nudge in the right direction is often very welcome. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.
It’s pretty much impossible to talk about apps this week without bringing up Apple Music, arguably the biggest and most anticipated launch for a mobile service in awhile. A rival and a threat to the existing big shots in the streaming business, Apple digs back into the music roots that brought it to prominence—remember how popular the iPod was not that long ago?—and makes it’s play for the king of streaming.
The dirty little secret about most streaming music apps, though, is that they aren’t all that different. Most draw from the same music library, so it’s just interface and little things that set each apart. Luckily for Apple, that’s what it does well. Borrowing heavily from the Beats Music service it absorbed and adding some of the typical Apple polish, Apple Music aims to stand out above the rest with human curation, streaming radio, and some exclusive tunes (hello Taylor Swift). Time will tell if it’ll be enough, but you’ve got three months of free streaming to find out for yourself. To get it, you’ll need to update the software on your iOS device, and iTunes on your computer.