Depending on your mood and the type of music you want to listen to, you might turn to one of many sources for audio entertainment. You’ve probably got a decent music collection stored on your hard drive, and you could use iTunes to listen to this.
But what about new music, or tracks that you don’t already own? There are a number of online music services available – such as Spotify, Rdio and Last.fm – so you may find that you’re constantly switching between apps and web sites. This could all come to an end when you start using Tomahawk.
Music Your Way
Tomahawk addresses a problem that has become increasingly common with the increased popularity of online services – there are just so many to choose from. The program enables you to consolidate all of the services you use so that they can all be accessed from the same place.
Searching high and low for a track you know you have is now a thing of the past as any track you are able to access through any of the service you use can now be accessed through Tomahawk – forget hunting through iTunes only to discover that you don’t have the track you thought you had purchased, you can just listen to it through Spotify or one of numerous other music delivery services.
The ability to bring together all of the music you have stored on your computer with all of those you have stored in the cloud gives you access to the widest range of music possible – and all at no additional cost. Before you can sit back and enjoy your favorite tunes, you’ll have to spend a few minutes getting things set up.
There is an impressive list of services that can be linked to Tomahawk – YouTube, SoundCloud, Last.fm and Grooveshark to name just a few – but you can also associate the app with your Google and Twitter accounts so you can get social with your music.
Opting to do this enables you to discover which of your friends are also using Tomahawk, and post messages about what you are listening to. If you are running Tomahawk on other computers on your home network, you can use the app to connect to their music collections so they can be played back more easily.
Not everything you can do with Tomahawk is free of charge. This does no mean that you need to pay to unlock feature as such, but in the case of some online service – such as Grooveshark – the app is only compatible with premium accounts.
Tomahawk In Action
There are numerous ways in which you can approach listening to music in Tomahawk; it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to keep up to date will all of the latest releases, just head to the New Releases section of the app.
Tomahawk is about more than just discovering and listening to music, it can also be used to find out more about bands and artists. You can click on any artist or album title to jump to a biography, and the footnotes that appear at the bottom of the screen can be used to track down similar artists. There’s even an integrated Wikipedia section that can be used to conduct any searches that spring to mind.
Any music you discover can be added to your play queue, and this in turn can be transformed into a playlist for sharing with others and accessing yourself in the future. The search function of Tomahawk is simple, but amazingly useful. If you have slightly more obscure tastes in music you may well have found that you have had to look across various different services to find what you’re looking for.
With Tomahawk you can search them all from the same app and it does not matter where a particular track is hosted, it can be played, added to a playback queue and marked as a favorite in exactly the same way.
The approach that Tomahawk takes to music collection consolidation is great for anyone who uses two or more services to cater for their music needs. Just because you’ve paid for a Spotify subscription, it does not mean that you are tied into using only Spotify software and Tomahawk gives you many reasons for ditching the apps and web sites you may have been using up until now.
There is room for improvement, but this is to be expected in an app that is yet to reach version 1. But that said, the scanning of locally stored music files can be rather slow, and it would be helpful if there was a guided wizard to help with the initial set up. That’s not to say that it’s difficult to get up and running, but it would serve as a friendlier introduction.