Musx is a lovely iPhone app that aims to simplify music sharing with your friends. While many apps make use of their own music streaming service, Musx leverages YouTube’s enormous library of music so that your favourite tunes are available to you wherever you go. Musx is a venture by The Fourth Group and has been developed by the folks at Savvy Apps who brought to us Agenda Calendar & Today Weather. Musx uses blurs quite exquisitely and has a polished UI that makes it simple and fun to use.
Musx starts you off with a handy tutorial then prompts you to create an account using either Facebook, Twitter or Email. Once you’ve signed in, you can find your friends and follow them on Musx. The Home View is where you’ll spend most of your time on Musx. Here, you can see what your friends have posted and what’s currently popular on Musx. You can also search through YouTube’s extensive music library using the in-app search. I must admit, I’ve discovered some really good songs through the Popular Now section and I’m very happy with it. Tapping on any of the songs that are displayed as thumbnails from YouTube takes you to the Now Playing screen, which is really well-executed. The entire screen is on a blurred view with the current YouTube video displayed in the top third. Under the video, there’s information about the Musx user who shared it along with other sharing options and comments. You can repost, like or comment on the post within Musx or share it on other social networks as well.
One feature of Musx that I love is its ability to continuously play a song when the Now Playing screen is minimised or even when you go back to your iPhone home screen. On minimising, the Now Playing screen aligns itself to the bottom of the app. This allows you to browse Musx for other songs and continue adding them to your Queue. There’s a small ‘+’ on the top right of every thumbnail in the home view that lets you add songs to your Queue. Musx also supports playlists. You can add songs to a playlist by tapping the button on the top right of the Now Playing screen. I found myself using playlists a lot. You can switch between Home, Playlists, your Queue and your Profile by tapping on the title in the navigation bar of the app. This drops down an little navigation pane with a delightful bounce animation.
Musx is still a growing platform and will get better with time, especially as new users join and share music that they enjoy. The app is promising and has already helped me find some great new songs and artists. If you too want to discover new music and keep up with what your friends are listening to, Musx is what you should get. The app is available for free on the App Store.