Why do you need VK Music service

On the last day of November social network VKontakte” decided to please users by running VK Music servicewhich replaced Boom. The bottom line is that the social network finally has its own streaming service with a logical name, and not Boom… However, I had to restore my page to try this application. I was intrigued by the news that indicated how smart this service is. Frankly, more interesting than Yandex.Music, I no longer hoped to meet anyone – perhaps I was wrong. From the main page, everything went wrong, and the number of rap artists’ cards made it uncomfortable. In general, a kind of experience. Try it yourself, but be prepared for the unexpected.

What is VK Music and why is it needed?

How to listen to VKontakte music

Firstly, it is incredibly pleasing that VK Music is a separate application without feeds, news and messages. This is a convenient way to listen to your huge media library, which, I’m sure, you have managed to collect over the years, but not be distracted by messages. Secondly, this is a good attempt by the domestic messenger to compete with Yandex.Muzyka: VK Music definitely has its own advantages. For example, there are clearly more tracks here than in the Yandex.Music database.

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Synchronization is very fast, even if you have several thousand tracks

When launched, the application immediately detects your account and offers to either use it or log in with a different number. You can scold VK, but uniform VK Connect account – great idea. When I log in, the application prompts me to restore the page: well, let’s try. Then the most interesting thing begins: on the main page I already have collections from editors who, apparently, do not listen to anything except rap. At the very top of the card are the performers, which, unfortunately, I have not heard. But not everything is so bad: for example, Sergey Lazarev still keeps the brand and even neighbors Adele.

It is noticeable that VK is actively promoting Russian music in its service.

Below we see the editor’s choice: again playlists with foreign rap and Russian. Where is the dance music? Expand the list and again at the top we see playlists … with rap. In general, there are collections for every taste, but you will not be able to twist to the end of the list. You will find both the Wu-Tang Clan and romantic selections – in general, everything of that kind.

VK Music app

The home page also displays a selection of tracks based on a single artist you like. For example, the application realized that I liked Kravts and produced a playlist of tracks from two performers. Well, it happens. Judging by the main page, VK Muzyka actively promotes only Russian performers, but in the lowest selection “You May Like” everything is mixed together: both ours and not ours.

VK Mix is ​​an analogue of “My Wave”. Streams by track and performer are familiar to you too

Things are much more interesting in the “Mix” tab: it contains not only a button for starting endless playback (analogous to “My Wave” in Yandex.Music “), but also mixes by artist and genre. If you are going to download VK Music, then do not be lazy to clean the VK audio recordings, because a variety of songs get into the mix: from normal performers to Garik Kharlamov’s alter ego.

The main screen of the player is made in a classic style, you can rewind tracks, share, download, to listen to music offline… Most of all I liked the animation of the cards with the cover of the track – it flips smoothly and pleases the eye. But the screen “Now playing” is minimized with a small frieze, during which the thought appears that it is time to change the iPhone. We are waiting for it to be fixed. By the way, do not be surprised if you turned on the music and put the phone aside, and everything stopped – the proprietary restriction on listening works here. Can you subscribe Combo: the first three months you will be charged 75 rubles, and then 169 rubles.

Basically, the subscription is worth the money. But selections in Yandex are much more interesting.

Tab “My music“- probably what interests the most. When you first enter there, the application syncs your music from VK with the application itself. Everything happens quickly enough, my several thousand tracks were synced in 2 minutes. Everything is clear in the settings, but the most interesting thing is the “Accent color”: a choice of 5 colors, including the corporate blue VKontakte.

There is nothing unusual in Settings, but you can change the accent

The app evokes mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is done quite well, on the other hand, on the main page there is entirely Russian rap and Russian pop music, which you hardly want to listen to. I confess I have no idea who I’m meant for VK Music: possibly young people up to 23-24 years old. Actually, the collections on the main page are calculated on them.

There are a lot of playlists, but on the main page, the recommendations are clearly not what you want to hear. VK Music should soon launch an algorithm that will select playlists based on the coincidence of tastes – perhaps the only interesting idea that users should expect from this service.


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