HypedMusic 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)HypedMusic 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Rdio, Pandora and Spotify are all nice options to stream unlimited music rather than buy individual tracks (so last century). But these services cost north of ten bucks per month, which amounts to a $100+ annually. With so many music tracks readily available on the Internet for free, in the form of music videos and what not, Luke Li launched the HypedMusic web site in January 2011 as a legally compliant option to enjoy music on your computer free.

And with an iPhone app launched yesterday, HypedMusic has become a whole lot more useful an alternative to the commercial streaming music services. I’ve included additional info and a few more screenies right past the fold…

Upon logging in with your Facebook account in-app or via the HypedMusic web site, you can start searching for free songs on the web and create your own playlists that can be accessed from the mobile app. If you bypass the Facebook login, all the features are still available sans playlist sync.

HypedMusic works pretty much as advertised most of the time. The app plays music in the background and has a clean, clutter-free interface focused on searching.

On the downside, I did experience occasional buffering problems as certain tracks would sometimes pause as the app was caching data. Other songs wouldn’t stream at all even though they’re searchable because a file type wasn’t suitable for the application.

HypedMusic 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)HypedMusic 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

Such hiccups stem from a source server which hosts the track being unavailable. That said, I would have very much liked the ability to see sources in my search results. Better yet, give me an editable list of sources so I could prioritize servers.

Release notes also mention offline playback:

Store your playlists offline, so you can listen to your music without an internet connection!

I couldn’t find that feature anywhere in the iOS app so if you spot it, tell us in comments.

My wish list also includes the ability to re-order songs in a playlist and rename playlists on the device, scrobble my tracks to Last.fm and share songs with my friends.

HypedMusic is a decent 1.0 release and Luke will address some of the shortcomings in the next update, adding new capabilities such as social integration, trending songs, album browsing, radio and more.

HypedMusic is a free download for your iPhone 3GS and up or the third-gen iPod touch or later running iOS 5.0+ . It won’t work natively on iPads and it’s optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller screen.

A version for Android devices can be downloaded for free from Google’s Play Store.

Let me spell it out once more: HypedMusic is legal.

The service confirms to DMCA’s fair use policy as it works through legal, free to use APIs from web sites that themselves confirm to DMCA policy.

With that in mind, there’s no reason to pass on HypedMusic, especially if you’ve been looking for a more affordable alternative to Spotify, Pandora, Rdio – and especially to Apple’s iTunes Store.

Of course, you don’t get to actually own any of the tracks streamed via HypedMusic.

Wrapping up, it’s a great app to access free music and it doesn’t cost a dime.

What else could you ask for?

  • Awesome, would be better if there is an ipad version

  • Hey i know this is off topic but i want to ask do u know why i keep on getting “Your purchase cannot be completed” when im trying to buy itunes gift certificates thx. Maybe theres a limit of buying itunes gift card? Help please my firends b’day is 3 more days and im living in a place where apple didnt sell itunes gift card but only sell via itunes

  • Must download

  • Jay

    “It does natively on ipad” I’m using it on my ipad 4th gen wifi
    right now

  • Nothing seems to be coming up under any searches I do in the app. I think iDB may have cause their servers to flood.

    • Im having this problem as well.

    • queen_ir3ne

      Yup, same here. Too good to be true

  • boscotherock

    Search is broken… Can’t really try it if I can’t access anything in it…

  • Yes search is completely broken! Would be nice if iDB wrote about quality and working apps! Not a good move…

  • ummmmmmm there are too many music apps…arrgh

  • Along with many other people, I can also confirm that search is broken. I guess we can wait for an update and hope for the best?

  • Africanking

    It doesn’t work. Useless app.

  • Latrese

    Works now and so far so good:)
    The UI is kinda fugly but hey it’s free and that can be fixed with updates. This is definitely a keeper

  • Fizzy

    Every time I search for something nothing comes up. I hope that they fix this soon. I don’t want to resort to spotify for $10 a month

  • Mark

    I can’t even play a music from their homepage.

  • yader

    not bad, Grooveshark is the same in that the playlist sometimes stops playing.

  • queen_ir3ne

    It works now! 🙂

  • Alex Goodman

    Working now!

  • Working now!

  • Mark

    Yey! working now.. 🙂

  • App suck

  • Hey guys! This is Luke, the developer of the app. Sorry, too many people downloaded the app and the servers died. Won’t happen again, I fixed it. Please check it out now and revise your ratings please!

  • this is so dumb.. i hate it

  • I just tried searching on the website, but no-go 🙁

  • BearManPig

    Does anyone know if it works outside u.s.?

  • larry lambert

    i just joined hyped music with my Facebook account to log in and then i went back into hyped music and my playlist has gone, does anyone know why that happened or how i can get it back?