Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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It's an exciting time for music fans keen to discover new things that they might not have been able to find so easily, once upon a time. Slyde is one of the latest apps to make the process all the smoother.
The idea is that users browse through a selection of new releases, each indicated by a photo, song title, and the musician or band's name. Once they find something that seems of interest, a quick tap downloads the relevant information and leads the user to a section full of their chosen "Slydes."There, they can then take a look at various things to do with the band. It differs depending on the musician, but often there are videos, album artwork, photos from concerts, and song lyrics. It's a great way to highlight a lot about a group in a relatively short space of time. And, of course, it's possible to listen to tracks to see what they sound like. Everything is on a limited time basis, but there's often a few weeks or more to discover such artists.
There are sharing features too, making it simple enough to share something interesting via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, e-mail, or SMS. I did find it surprising though that Slyde doesn't offer any internal social networking features, despite tying into Facebook and Twitter.
Slyde is consistently easy to browse, plus reasonably speedy to download from, so it's an ideal way of learning more. Real-time updates also ensure there's often something new to discover, meaning it's a good app to dive into on a regular basis. As a music discovery tool, it's certainly a fun and stylish way of learning more about some bands that might have gone unnoticed otherwise.