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Best Music App Finalists

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

The built-in Music app that comes with the iPhone and iPod touch is a great way to create and play your portable music library. But music apps can do a lot more than just play music. They can help you discover new music, find nearby concerts, and make music. Vote for the best iPhone/iPod touch music app here.

amp - Audyssey Media Player
Price: $0.99
Rather than an app that helps you discover new music, amp helps perfect the listening experience for music you already have. Using Audyssey's high-end audio technology, amp is able to detect the headphones you have plugged into your iPhone or iPod, as well as the volume, and then modifies playback to make songs sound their best (this only works on DRM-free files). Save your preferred settings for later use.
Download at iTunes
Bandsintown Concerts
Price: Free
Want to see live music tonight, but not sure who's in town? This app solves your problem. It offers two interfaces: the first based on the bands in town today and the other based on the music in your device's music library. For bands playing near you today, the app combs listings and displays a list of top acts. In its other view, you can tap any musician in your library and, if they're currently on tour, see the dates and locations of their upcoming shows.
Download at iTunes
Dr. Seuss Band
Price: $0.99
With this app, you won't listen to bands' music--you'll be the band and make your own music using all kinds of off-the-wall Dr. Seuss-style instruments. The app comes with pre-loaded songs you can play along with (the themes to Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat, for example) and lets you create your own songs. If you choose that, you'll have dozens of built-in sounds as your raw materials. Unlock new instruments, songs, and effects as you progress through the app.
Download at iTunes
exfm
Price: Free
exfm helps you discover new music. Search for and stream music, see what your friends are listening to, listen to your music library, or check out the album of the week. Choose from the app or the web-based player and take your favorite music with you wherever you go. After installing the exfm browser extension, you get access to a particularly cool feature: anytime you visit a site with music on it, that music is automatically added to your exfm account for you to listen to.
Download at iTunes
iMashup
Price: $6.99
Thanks to this app, you don't need to be an experienced DJ to create innovative and unusual mashups of the songs in your music library (though you'll get even better results if you are!). Just fire up iMashup and select two songs. The app then puts them next to each other and lets you match beats, create loops, adjust the volume of tracks within songs, and export high-fidelity WAV files. Share your creations via Facebook and email.
Download at iTunes

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3. Voting runs from Feb. 19 through 11:59 pm ET March 19, 2013. (The voting in any or all award categories may be audited for voting irregularities, so winners are not final until the official announcement.)

Results

Winners will be announced March 27. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the web.

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