Brain.fm: Music for the Brain (iOS Version 3.3.10)

Synopsis of the App: Brain.fm provides functional music to help you focus, relax and sleep.

Price and Platform: Free. Apple and Android

RDN Score: 4/5

Pros

  • Simple, easy-to-use app with a cheerful tone.
  • Select music designed for focus, relaxation, sleep or meditation.
  • Music genres include classical, cinematic, electronic, piano, atmospheric, chimes and bowls, nature sounds including rain, forest and even drones.
  • Music is designed to work in the background.
  • Starts with a goal-setting exercise: Users can select to work on focus to get more work done or experience fewer distractions and less procrastination, or to get results in sleep, meditation or relaxation.
  • Set up a habit; choose the days of the week and length of time to practice.
  • Go with guided and unguided meditations or relax to chill, recharge, destress or unwind. The sessions don’t require much prep; instead, the app selects an appropriate length and music sounds for you to start automatically.
  • When sleep is the goal, users can choose deep sleep, guided sleep, sleep and wake or wind-down options.
  • Save favorite tracks for easy recall.
  • Includes white papers and links to the science to support the app’s work and claims.
  • Pro members can download sessions to use offline.
  • Trial includes five free sessions.

Cons

  • Requires sign-up with an email account rather than remaining anonymous.

Bottom Line: Although the science is new, it’s promising. Brain.fm is ideal for those seeking to focus, relax or meditate to music that won’t be jarring.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.