Have you discovered all the ways your cellphone can play music? It may be worth a second look. These days, the options for music appreciation on cellular devices just keep growing, even on our feature phones. And thanks to all the new technology, expanding your music collection or finding new artists is easier than ever.
For starters, many cellphones include a built-in FM radio receiver and tuner that actually uses your headphone or earbud wires as an antenna, so you can dial into your favorite station whenever you like. Our Doro 626 PhoneEasy and the Consumer Cellular 101 are great for enjoying the radio on the go. No data plan is required, either! Smartphones have even more radio options for you to try, which we’ll talk about in a second.
Another way to catch your favorite albums or songs is by using an MP3 player. Found on most cellphones these days, this simple feature allows you to play songs you’ve saved to your device or stored on its SD card. MP3 players are a great option when traveling, especially while on a plane because you can keep listening, even in ‘Airplane mode.’
You may have noticed people playing songs or music videos through their internet connections lately. It’s called ‘streaming,’ and thanks to faster internet connections and newer technology, the quality is now comparable to MP3s. Smartphones and tablets like the Huawei MediaPad stream music using a variety of apps. Some even take music listening to a whole new level that’s tailored to your specific tastes, allowing you to listen to music in real-time and by genre. Download a free app like Pandora (which we’ve reviewed here) and you can even create your own playlists!
Also, check out the endless internet radio stations or podcasts to stream directly from their own apps or via iTunes like Radio Paradise. Some even provide an option to save their station’s broadcasting for later, so you can playback the songs without using data.
If watching music videos is your thing, don’t miss out on all the new and legendary ones on sites like YouTube. Sharing them with old buddies can definitely revive some fun memories. They’re also great for family reunions or theme parties with friends. Keep in mind though that streaming music or videos will consume data from your plan, so do try to use Wi-Fi connections whenever possible to avoid this.
It’s true, there’s always a reason to celebrate. And, nothing warms up the soul like good music. No matter where you are!