Our Android Tablet Series: What can I do with my tablet? gives you all the information you need to get the most out of your tablet. In this episode, we’ll show you the best ways to listen to music.
Whether you want to listen to music on the go, or you’d prefer to enjoy it at home over loudspeakers, there are plenty of different ways that your tablet can come in handy, with options to control the volume and manage playlists remotely. You can use your Android Tablet to listen to music directly from your device via streaming, or as a remote control to play music from your computer. Luckily, there are many apps that can help make these functions easier.
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Spotify: streaming music on your tablet
This is definitely one of the easiest program to use, as well as one that will guarantee you one of the largest catalogs of music. If you already know and use Spotify to listen to music on your computer, you can use the same account on your Android tablet. Otherwise, you’ll have to create an account to be able to access Spotify.
With a free account, you can play songs on random shuffle from playlists you’ve created on your PC, but you won’t be able to choose which songs you want to play, and they’ll be interrupted by advertisements every few songs. If you use Spotify enough, it might be worth upgrading to a paid account to avoid advertisements and to be able to choose the songs you want to hear, when you want to hear them, but regardless, it’s still one of the best and most popular music streaming services.
TuneIn Radio: listen to the radio on your tablet
One of the best ways to discover new music and not have to stress about making a playlist is TuneIn Radio. TuneIn Radio is the best app for traditional radio lovers, with access to FM, MW, LW, and SW frequencies, as well as digital ones. The best part is, you can listen to radio stations from all over the world, wherever you are. With 70,000 stations from around the globe, you’re sure to find music that will keep your ears happy.
Poweramp Music Player: play your MP3s on your tablet
If you have lots of MP3s and you’ve transferred them to your tablet, you need a great player with good bass and that’ll adapt to different musical genres. Poweramp Music Player plays MP3 and many other music file formats, has a great equalizer with 10 default presets, nice graphics that can display album covers, and many other options that you can use to manage your music collection.
Google Play Music: listen to MP3s from your computer
If you don’t want to transfer your MP3s from your computer or external hard drive to your tablet, you can use Google Play Music, a free service that lets you enjoy up to 20,000 songs in your collection via streaming. With the paid version, the number of tracks is limitless, and you can listen to your entire Google music library. To use it, simply access the service from your PC and sync your collection. After installing the app on your tablet, sign in with the same account and start listening to your personal music collection from your tablet.
foobar2000 controller: manage music on your PC from your tablet
Although nothing can beat the convenience of a portable tablet, the quality of a tablet’s speakers just aren’t the same as that of a good sound system. If you have a sound system connected to a computer, it might be nicer to use it to play your music, using your tablet to control it from a distance. Using foobar2000 on your PC and foobar2000 controller on your tablet, you can use your tablet as a remote control to play your music. The process is simple– all you have to do is make sure to install both the PC and Android components of foobar2000 to remotely access your PC from your tablet.
Spotimote: your remote control for Spotify on your PC
If you’re a Spotify fan but again, don’t like the sound quality of music coming from your tablet, you can use Spotimote to control Spotify remotely using your tablet. You need to install a PC app for the Android app to function, and then you can virtually manage all of your Spotify settings from anywhere in the house.
So, now your tablet is a stereo…what else does your device have in store?!
Aside from using your tablet to stream music, you can also use it as a remote control to access and listen to music from your computer, although as we’ve seen in our Android Tablet Series, there are plenty more things that you can do. In the next episode in our series, we’ll show you how to turn your tablet into a photo album.