Gaana.com Launches HTML5 Web App For iPad For Indian Music; Hack Also Brings It to iPhone

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Gaana.com, an online Indian music portal which was earlier available only on flash enabled browsers, has launched a slick HTML5 web app for iPad. The site features an impressive catalogue of Bollywood and Indipop music along with a small number of international tracks as well. The service tries to fill the void that the absence of services like Pandora and Spotify in India have created.

The website presently has a user base of 1.4 million listeners and plans to increase this through the iPad web app. Like its flash based counterpart, the iPad web app is equipped with standard features like search, personalised playlists, recommendations, top songs and favorites. The service lets you create an account using your Facebook or Twitter credentials, which would then allow you to save playlists for listening on other devices.

Gaana.com on iPad

Gaana.com on the iPhone

The web app also works in the background thanks to Safari’s background audio feature. It is however buggy and may interrupt at times. Nonetheless the site tries to bridge the divide between web apps and native apps, like Amazon tried to do with the Kindle Cloud Reader.

Times Internet Limited, the company behind Gaana.com, plans to make the web app available for all tablet devices very soon. Presently the web app works only on the iPad.

All you folks who don’t have an iPad and would like to listen to Gaana.com on your iPhone, read on for a way to do that. Gaana.com’s reliance on the user agent string to check whether the device is an iPad, makes bypassing this check really easy. All you need is a third party browser that lets you spoof your user agent to an iPad, thus fooling the site into loading the web app on your iPhone.

You can use an app like iCab Mobile (iTunes link) that lets you change the user agent through a “Browser ID” option in the settings (Tools -> Browser ID) to iPad, to load the web app 0n the iPhone or even iPod Touch. Since the interface is optimised for an iPad, the experience on your iPhone’s small screen isn’t all that smooth, but features like background playback works fine.

Other options to listen to Bollywood and regional Indian music legally on your iOS devices are Raaga.com and Saavn, both of are available as native apps on the App Store for free.

So all you fans of Bollywood music, head over to Gaana.com on your iPad (or you iPhone) to stream you favorite tracks, and tell us how it goes.

(For those of you who are curious, “gaana” means a song in Hindi)

[via TNW]

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  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Only hindi songs, right?

    • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

      Not just Hindi, regional Indian music as well as English music is available on their catalogue

  • kiddowiddo

    Great thats just great, I mean I listen to indian music all the time right? Do I? No not really, this would better to put the indian iphone hacks website if you made one, why you put on here, I will never know…

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com/ iPhoneHacks

      In case you were not aware, iPhoneHacks is also visited by a lot of Indians and this one is for them.

      • Ankit

        Thank you.

    • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

      Even if you don’t listen to Indian music, you should have a look at the site on the iPad to see the improvement web apps have seen over time.

  • 187

    kiddo you fool, all types of people come on this website not just you.
    Its a universal website,plus there is english music on there aswell from neyo to snoopdogg.

  • navas mohammed

    We are 1.22 billion people mate. According to latest probability and statistics theories i discovered in my last dream, we account for more than 25% of total hits on the web since Rahul Gandhi began to sleep at poor people’s home.