Google made computing with a computer a little more like computing with an iPhone on Tuesday, with the launch of the Chrome Web Store, which already includes a selection of music apps.
On the one hand, Emporer Google has no clothes: Most of these apps are already available as regular old websites or, well, smartphone apps. Who needs to install them from a web app store — especially if only Google’s Chrome browser makes them easy to access?
But on the other hand, it has often been difficult for users to discover web-based music apps — and for the developers of those apps to charge for them. (For more on why Chrome Web App store matters to music fans and the music industry, see our earlier story.)
If you’re looking to try some of these early Chrome music apps out yourself, see this handy list of those available on this, the launch day of Google’s Chrome Web Store. They’re listed in alphabetical order with their developers’ descriptions, some abridged:
Audio Editor by Aviary: “Aviary’s Audio Editor is a powerful audio editing tool used to remix your favorite songs or record your own. From trimming and looping your audio, to reversing it altogether, Aviary’s Audio Editor allows for powerful clip editing. Creating a custom fade-out and adding pitch bends and reverb to your tunes couldn’t be easier. Create your best work in Aviary’s Music Creator and send it over to our Audio Editor for a little touch-up. This one-two punch can’t be beat.”
Beat Petite: “Beat Petite is a mini drum machine that allows you to create beats from your browser. Planning a pleasing a pattern is the perfect way to secure your rhythmical tomorrow. Do it now with Beat Petite.”
Buddy FM: “Buddy FM creates a station out of your favorite artists that you can listen to in your browser. Connect with Facebook to save your picks and explore your friends’ musical tastes.”
Freshspotify: “Freshspotify notifies you when new music from your favourite bands is added to spotify’s library and lets you browse the latest new music. [Features include:] never miss new music by your favourite bands again; browse the freshest new music releases on Spotify.”
Grooveshark: “Grooveshark gets you straight to the music you love. Search and play millions of songs on demand, save playlists of your favorite tunes, and share music across the web. Add and collect your music to take it with you wherever you go. It’s the world’s music library, accessible anywhere–right from Google Chrome.”
Libox: “The Libox team believes everyone should have the ability to share and experience high quality media on any device for free, without limitations. With this vision, Libox created an innovative platform and interface designed to offer users the best experience available when it comes to syncing, sharing and viewing digital media for free. Using a unique combination of distributed and grid computing architecture and peer-to-peer networking, the current Libox platform takes a big step toward making that vision a reality.”
Leyzi: “Leyzi does everything. You can search for music, listen to it, create playlists, save the lists (without even registering), and share them too… To share music, click ‘share’ next to whatever song you want. We support Facebook and Twitter so far, with more coming. To create playlists, click ‘add’ next to any song in the search results [and] Leyzi will automatically create a new playlist and add the song to it. You can close and reopen Leyzi and your playlists will remain intact [even without] an account.”
Listal: “List, rate and review movies, TV shows, music, games and books. Automatically find people with similar tastes and get recommendations of other things you might like. View top rated movies by your friends, keep track of items friends have rated or reviewed. Create lists and customize with appearance, sorting and filtering options. Vote and comment on lists created by the community. Browse and contribute to the huge database of items. Keep track of your watched movies, books you’ve read and much more.”
Listube Free On-Demand Music Player: “Listube [is an] online on demand free and unlimited music player. Make your online music playlists and share [them] with your friends.”
Mashmush: “Mashmush is a free music streaming service. Search for an artist name, click the album you want to listen to, and music will start playing — it’s that simple.”
Metrodome: “Tick tick tick. Keep the beat with your browser. Tap your way to musical success with Metrodome, your trusty teetotalling timer.”
MOG: “For everything you do, there’s a song that hits the spot. Get them all at MOG. As a MOG subscriber, you’ll enjoy unlimited access to over 10 million songs on demand, both on the web and on your TV (with Roku or GoogleTV). Plus, enjoy a revolutionary new radio that reveals the huge limitations of satellite and other Internet radio services. Perfect your music-listening experience: Try MOG for free for 14 days.”
Music (mSpot): “mSpot music is a cloud service that offers easy access to your entire music collection synced across smartphones and PCs/Macs. Just upload your music into the mSpot Cloud and start listening to it from popular desktop browsers and mobile devices immediately.”
Music Creator by Aviary: “Start with a beat and end with a hit. Aviary’s Music Creator gives its users the opportunity to let their voice and musical talent shine through. With over 50 free instruments, users can create simple beats or an epic masterpiece with our simple point and click interface. Once you’ve created a hit song or a new ring-tone for your phone, collaborate with friends or share your creation with big name record executives. The possibilities are endless.”
Music Shown to Me: “[This is a] web-based music player, similar to iTunes or Winamp. No need to download anything. Songs live [on] YouTube and SoundCloud.”
Musweet: “Musweet keeps track of what artists and bands publish on the social web. You can explore recent pictures from concerts and artists, read the most recent tweets and check out the newest videos, all in realtime. Like an artist in particular? Add him/her to your watchlist and get all media tailored to your music taste.”
NPR for Chrome: (We know, this one isn’t specifically for music, but NPR does quite a bit of music programming.) “NPR for Chrome: Experience NPR in magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music content that’s broad, deep, and timely. Popular features include playlist, hourly newscasts, station finder, and sharing.”
Seesu App: “Really nice app for downloading, searching and listening MP3 music [that is] powered by Last.fm, Vk.com [and] Soundcloud.com.”
Shazam Web App: No description appears for Shazam, but it apparently uses your computer’s microphone to identify currently-playing music, the same way the company’s smartphone apps do with their microphones.
Rdio: “Rdio is a social music service on the web and mobile phones. Follow your friends and other people with great musical taste, and find new music to listen to. Play any of our seven million-plus songs as much as you like, make your own playlists, and collaborate with friends on theirs. Search and find any song, album or artist and start listening immediately.”
Rhapsody: “America’s number one subscription music service lets you experience 10 million songs on demand. Give it a try for free. If you like it, keep listening to all the music you want for just 10 bucks a month.”
Whylophone: “Whylophone is a pointless xylophone for your browser. It’s not up for percussion! Compose and discard with Whylophone.”
YouTube: If you don’t know what YouTube is, you are not reading this right now.