The history of streaming has seen plenty of standalone apps from independent developers try to plug the feature gaps they see in big streaming services. MusicSmart is the latest example.
Created by developer Marcos Antonio Tanaka, it works with Apple’s Music app, pulling in detailed information (the equivalent of liner notes) for music in the user’s library – both music stored locally on their iPhone from their downloads collection, and the tracks and albums they’ve added using Apple Music.
The blurb for the £1.99 app: “Have you ever wondered who is behind the music you’re listening to right now? Who are the writers, producers, and everyone who has credits for it? Or also which samples have been used in this song, and which songs have used it as a sample? And what is the story behind it, interesting tidbits and facts?” It’s a good idea, and has already won praise from at least one Apple Music staffer on social media.
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