Virgin Mobile has launched a music app called Virgin Mobile Live. You don’t need to be a Virgin Mobile wireless subscriber to use the free app, which provides streaming radio stations, music videos, and content from music blogs as well as concert listings.
On paper, the app sounds pretty cool. In practice, I found everything aside from the internet radio station to be kind of worthless. The radio feature is nothing to write home about either. There’s only one internet radio stream available, and while the audio quality is decent, there are no real features to speak of. You can see a scrolling song title at the bottom of the page and a stop button, as well as a link to purchase the song or share the song information with your contacts. That’s about it.
As for the video content, Virgin Mobile Live provides you with links to a small number of YouTube videos for live performances, commercials, and movie trailers. You could probably find better content just by firing up the YouTube app and typing “music” into the search box.
Most of the content from music blogs isn’t really available in the app either. You just get excerpts to blog posts. If you want to continue reading, you tap a link to open the articles in your phone’s web browser.
The concert listing feature would be nice… if it worked. While I was able to get a list of performances around the globe, all that showed up for me was a Lady Gaga tour. The app wouldn’t load any local concert listings for my area at all. Theoretically if more concerts actually start to show up here, you’ll be able to check-in to concerts and share info with your Facebook and Twitter contacts.
Virgin Mobile Live is available as a free download from the Android Market for Android 2.2 and up.