Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.2.2
The download for Electronic Beats Radio is 5.7 MB. The required permissions seem okay, access to your exact or approximate location is required for navigation to venues.
Electronic Beats Radio is composed of four different areas, which can be accessed directly from the start window. The main area of the application is, of course, the "Music" area.
In the "Music" area you have the choice of "On Air" and "On Demand" music. In "On Air," you can listen to live recordings of various artists. These live recordings are not always necessarily from the Electronic Beats Festival, but can also come from other festivals or performances. In the overview, the user will see artist names and durations of the various recordings which are available.
Once you select a particular artist, you will be redirected to the playback screen. From there, the mix can be added to the user's favorites or shared with friends. In addition, there’s the possibility to access information on the artist and the playlist contents.
Under "On Demand," however, the listener finds exclusive mixes and DJs. These are accessed in the same way as the live recordings and can also be shared and added to favorites. Events happening now can also be accessed on live streams.
In addition to the "Music" section, the user is able open the "Events" report on upcoming festivals. The calendar can be viewed directly, to see when and where the next event is taking place. In the detailed view you can see more information and news, directions can be viewed and tickets purchased in a jiffy.
Under "Favorites," the user finds their stored favorites. If you change your mind about a mix, it can be quickly removed using the edit function from the "Favorites" list. The app is linked with Facebook and Twitter which allows you to "Like" tracks, so that your friends and peers can see what you're into.
For fans of electronic music in general, and especially for fans of the Electronic Beats Festival, Electronic Beats Radio is certainly an interesting app. The ability to access live recordings and exclusive remixes from artists such as Modeselektor, James Blake, Nicolas Jaar, The Whitest Boy Alive, and many others (over 380) is, in itself, pretty cool. Of course, this is nothing compared to the endless possibilities offered by Spotify. But the Electronic Beats concept means that you not only get the opportunity to listen to your favorite tunes, but you can also view information about upcoming events and - should something get in your way of attending a festival - watch live streams.
Screen & Controls
In this category, Electronic Beats Radio makes a really good impression. The design of the app is quite individual but still clear and functional. All areas of the app are easily accessible. The transitions between the different areas of the application are very nicely designed. There are many graphical transitions used, which makes the use of electronic beats radio more enjoyable. The app, like the music it presents, is never static.
Speed & Stability
Electronic Beats Radio ran fluidly and stable, most of the time. Just once it came to a short hang-up, but this was the only incident while we were listening.
Electronic Beats Radio is free of charge and free of advertising. It's available in the Google Play Store and App Center.