Gaana is a music app which lets you stream music for free. It was launched by Times Internet, an Internet subsidiary of The Times of India Group, in April 2010. The app provides Indian music as well as international music content. Gaana app has music content from 21 different languages and has access to more than fifty thousand songs.
Gaana has a good-looking, colourful interface and looks inviting. The home screen is divided into 5 sections: Home, Social (which gets useless if you don’t wish to connect with your friends), Search (they’ve improved a lot and the search is quite efficient now), Radio (of curated playlists, top singers and albums) and My Music (which holds all the songs you added and your local music files).
The sidebar slides on demand in all screens except the Search. It holds the options for app settings, theme settings and the Help for the app. The app also supports Night Mode which can be turned on or off or can be set to automatic which changes it according to daylight times. Gaana Premium allows unlimited streaming and downloads in different packages. Although, if you’re a free user, you cannot download songs for offline listening.
The music player has a clutter-free look. It has all the features of a normal music app along with a special setting to change streaming quality. High definition is allowed only for Gaana+ (premium) users. The queue call is pulled up from the bottom of the window seamlessly and different songs can be arranged, removed or added efficiently. Another special feature of the player is it has a lyrics option, where you can read the lyrics of the currently playing song.
- Good UI, seamless transitions
- Available on all platforms
- Gapless playback
- Facebook integration
- Good playback quality even on data
- Need to sign up to like songs or add them to playlists
- Spam notifications
- Needs more attention to the less popular categories
- High usage of mobile data
Overall, I think Gaana is a good music app and I cannot not recommend it. Especially when I myself use it!