we7 for iOS review

Another online music streaming service that’s seen as a rising star and a decent alternative to Spotify is we7.

There are two free apps available from the iTunes Store. The first is we7, which, like Spotify, provides we7 Premium+ users (£9.99 per month) with access to any track from its library.

One thing to consider is that we7 has a smaller library than other services, with six-and-a-half million tracks in its catalogue. Although that’s still fairly sizable we found the “not available in your territory” messages annoying.

The second app that’s available is we7 Radio, which enables any user to listen to an on-demand radio station by entering a track, artist or genre. In much the same way as Last.fm, rather than having to choose other songs, artists or albums to create their own personalised playlist, the site automatically creates a radio channel based on the user’s selection. This can then be played for as long as the user wishes.

we7 is a great option that’s well worth checking out

The iPhone app streams music at a highly respectable 192kbit/s, which is higher than Spotify and Napster. As with the former service, you can download tracks and store them on the iPhone using the offline button.

A nice touch with we7 is that it’s easier to line up tracks using the Player queue, so you can search for tracks and line them up to play. You can also use we7 playlists from the web service and create and manage playlists.

OUR VERDICT

On the whole, we like we7 and recommend you give it a try as an alternative to Spotify. The smaller music catalogue and lack of any definable killer feature does, however, go some way to explaining why Spotify remains the number-one service.

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