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In a musically-themed Fresh Apps, never miss your favorite artist when they come to town with the handy Songkick Concerts app. Also, we’ve got VirusTotal which can ensure your phone stays free of viruses, trojans and malware. Finally, we’re back to the music with a complete overhaul to the already-popular Spotify app.
Songkick Concerts (Free)
Songkick got an iOS release last year, so we’re glad to see it finally emerge on Android. The app tracks your favorite bands so you never miss them live. It lets you create a personalized concert calendar based on those bands, your physical location, and it can even scan your music library or Google Music account.
Songlick lets you import your favorite artists from Facebook, Pandora or Last.fm. It features gesture-based navigation and a handy home screen widget with recently-added events. Though that widget is only for Ice Cream Sandwich users right now, at least there are alerts when new concerts are added for your favorite artists, and the app can stay in sync with your account at Songkick.com if you have one.
Unfortunately, rogue apps still exist out there, despite Google’s best efforts to clamp down on them. Then there are the ones you install outside of Google Play, which could contain malware or viruses. Fortunately, an app like VirusTotal can help. VirusTotal checks your Android applications device against the master list at www.virustotal.com.
Once it finishes scanning, it will let you know about any malware (virus, trojans, worms) on your phone and even allows you to upload any unknown applications to VirusTotal itself. VirusTotal gets your apps scanned by more than 40 anti-virus algorithms, and flags any undesired content. It’s a handy app to have around, but as the description notes, it doesn’t offer real time protection, just a second opinion if a regular anti-virus app misses something.
Spotify update (Free)
A lot of updates merely fix bugs or increase functionality, but Spotify’s update, which hit the Google Play store just yesterday, offers a complete visual overhaul of the popular streaming music app and a huge number of new features. It was in beta since April, but now every Spotify user can enjoy all the spoils.
Spotify now sports a faster interface, support for Android 4.0, high-res artist images, and other enhancements like a playback queue, folder support to organize playlists, and a home screen widget for easy access to what’s playing. The app now functions a lot more like its desktop counterpart with gapless playback, crossfading and the ability to stream at a sparkling 320kbps.