Times Internet (TIL) announced that it has developed mobile applications for its flagship online music portal, Gaana.com. Simultaneously, Gaana is now available as an application for Android, iOS, Blackberry and J2ME devices, with an aim of giving music lovers access to millions of songs on their mobile phones.
Some of the Gaana App’s features include:
– Access to a database of over 1 million Bollywood, Hollywood, Tamil, Telegu, and regional songs
– Social listening: see what your friends are listening to
– My zone: an ability to see your history, your favorite songs, playlists, albums and artists across your computer or mobile phone (automatically synced in real-time across all devices)
– Radio mode: make your own radio station automatically, based on any song you play.
– Social sharing: one-click abilities to favorite a song or share a playlist, via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
– Curated playlists from radio channels like Radio Mirchi and others, to help you find new music you’ll love
According to Comscore (Nov 2012) Gaana has been the leading music service on web, with nearly 3 million visitors per month, who spend nearly 2.5x more time per visit than visitors of other music sites in India.
Mr Satyan Gajwani, CEO, Times Internet, said “We are so proud of the Gaana experience on mobile. Indian consumers love their music, and we’ve built a product that matches their expectations for excellence across every screen that matters to them. Gaana on mobile is feature-rich and intuitive to use, and we intend to use this as a base to build even more functionality and offerings for our users, across all platforms.”
There is very little to choose between Gaana, Dhingana and Saavn in terms of songs inventory. All three have a similar database of songs to choose from, leaving the user experience to be the sole differentiator. TIL had shared the app with us a few days before its release and after having played with it for a while, here’s what we think about it –
1) Not all songs available on the Gaana Website is available on the phone. This could be be a early stage data migration issue and should be possibly fixed by some time. The English and other regional language songs are pretty comprehensive and recent.
2) The user experience of the app is a shade better than the Saavn app, which is a shade better than Dhingana app. Navigation within the app is done very well. Most of the time, you can reach the song you want to listen from the home screen itself. and the interface is a very responsive. On 3G and WiFi networks, the app performed almost flawlessly. What was more impressive was that the app worked relatively well even on 2G.
3) The app still needs to be ironed out. Some issues like the lack of a notifications bar notifier when the app is playing music is something that needs to be added. The app also force closes occasionally, which, again should be resolved soon.
Overall, this is a great music streaming app. With some minor bug fixes and an updated music library, this late entrant into the music streaming space can give other apps in this category a run for their money.
The app is available for download free of cost by visiting gaana.com on your mobile phone
Stay tuned as we bring you a detailed review of the Gaana App and how it compares with other apps in the category.