MTV Artists is a surprisingly useful one-stop music search and discovery app

Once upon a time, the channel known as MTV — believe it or not — played music. It sounds crazy, in the these days of non-stop reality show and celebrity coverage, but music was the name of the game, and a new app MTV just released today moves the company back to its roots, at least in one small way. MTV Artists for iPhone is best described as a mashup between Shazam and Ticketmaster. For starters, it comes with a Wikipedia-style database — you can search for an artist and see photos, videos, interviews, a biography, some band history, and other content. There’s also a “top 10 songs in 90 seconds” feature, which pulls audio from Rhapsody to give you a quick overview of the artist.

Another highlight feature is Song ID, which…

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