Earlier this year, the CyanogenMod team announced that Apollo would be replacing the stock music player to allow for a fully customizable and enthralling experience. When it was first announced, we were told to expect it to arrive in the Android Market within the next couple of weeks. Here we are nearly 10 months later, and the highly anticipated application has finally made its way to what we now call the Google Play Store.
It’s the same music player we’ve come to know and love, and now everybody can take part. Apollo comes in two different capacities: the regular free version and the paid Apollo+ version. Apollo+ costs just 99 cents, features quicker updates and removes pesky advertisements. Future updates are said to bring concert information, tablet optimization, personalized widgets and notifications, as well as support for Google’s Daydream service.
Be sure to scan the QR codes or hit the Play Store download links after the break to try out Apollo. Keep in mind you may need to disable your stock music player within the application settings menu. Also, let us know what you think of the CM team’s new third party music organization tool in the comments below.
I am always a fan of trying new apps out. I am especially a fan of trying apps out that make the most used apps on my Nexus even better. Over the past few months I’ve come to rely on using my device as my daily driver for music listening and media viewing. As this continues to be the case I am finding that the various apps I’ve been using to be somewhat sluggish and clunky. I don’t know why but I feel like I stumble through them in a hap-hazard like manner. Well thanks to the n7player I no longer feel that way as it brings us a polished user interface and some decent features. They include:
- - Innovative, fully multi-touch music albums plane
- - Intuitive music catalog showing: albums, artists, genres etc
- - 5 band graphic equalizer with presets, reverb effects, bass boost and sound virtualization (SRS/Dolby Surround, requires system version 2.3+)
- - Automatic and manual album art download
- - ID3 tags editor
- - Filtered file browser
- - Music widget
- - Lockscreen widget with direct unlock option
While it may not boast all of the features as PowerAmp
it still offers some impressive features. As of right now it’s in limited public beta so if you’re interested in trying it out and giving feedback then hit the break to find the Google Play
link or QR code
below. In my opinion, you won’t be sorry if you do. We also have for you a video that showcases some of these awesome features so check that out too. Enjoy!
About three weeks back we told you that the CyanogenMod team would be bringing more customizations and gesture support to the stock Ice Cream Sandwich music player. We didn’t have an exact time frame for a release but with that you can’t rush creativity. Well even with that said, Andrew Neal brought the customized, beefed up music player to us in a very timely fashion. He brought to us a slew of touch gestures as well as even more added functionality to the app. As he puts it:
“The app comes with a degree of customization that you won’t find in any other Music app, or possibly, in any app. You can shop the Android Market for the currently playing song at the push of a button, share what track you’re listening to with all your social outlets, set your favorite song as ring tones, delete unwanted tracks, and search your music from anywhere in the app. “
With gestures you will be able to do things like flip your phone over to quickly play and pause music. The shake action is customizable and both of these features can run in the background allowing you to use them no matter what you’re doing on your phone. These features will come in handy if you ever need to quickly shut off your music.
While I have yet to play with the app fully, it looks to take the stock player to a whole new level. It isn’t in the market yet as Mr. Neal is figuring out what to call it but you can hit the break below to download the app or view the source. You can also get the template for the app to which should spur a host of templates down the road and the app will also be featured in CM9. Let us know what you think!
I’m sure there are many of you reading this that are avid users of the MIUI ROM. Personally, I bounce between the CyanogenMod7 ROM and the OMFGB ROM. So, for those of you running a different ROM like me, maybe you have a friend using MIUI and maybe you really like the music player that comes along with it. If that’s the case, this news is for you! MIUI’s music player has recently been extracted, courtesy of DroidUniverse. Many argue that the music player is MIUI’s greatest native app and I agree it has a pretty nice look. Granted, I’ve come to rely pretty heavily on stream oriented apps like Google Music Beta and Spotify, but if you use primarily local files, you may want that extra polished look achieved by the MIUI player. Give it a try by downloading the apk from one of the links below. Hit the break to snag the QR codes for download.
We here at TA are very much in love with customizing our phone. An easy way for root users and non root users alike is using an alternative home launcher. There are so many to choose from, but my personal favorite alternative is LauncherPro. The developer is easy to talk to, he listens to suggestions, and he really takes in criticisms from the community. So when I heard that he was releasing a music player naturally I was quite excited. The player ships with the Zune like MetroUI theme, but third parties can theme it however they want. The app is currently selling for $3.49 on the Android Market now, but the developer has reported that a free, ad-supported version may be in the works as well.
Best Buy just announced “Music Cloud,” which is a new cloud-based streaming music service to compete with Google, Amazon, and Apple. What seperates Music Cloud from the others is that it already is compatible with Android, BlackBerry, and iOS.
There is a quick sign-up process which will grant you the ability to download the application for your desktop (PC or Mac), Android device, BlackBerry, or IPhone.
Music Cloud allows you to stream your music or cache them for offline playback. It is free if you only want to use the Best Buy Web player. If you want to stream on the go, that will cost you $4 per month.
What I want to know is if anyone is actually excited about this? Let me be the first to jump in: Not me.
[via best buy]
Winamp has put an update in the Android market for everyone, and it is still Free! Sweet. I use this app like crazy, and love the wifi syncing feature from desktop to Android device. So much better than having to plug in a cable. Winamp has shed its ‘beta’ skin now, and even though there are improvements, the build version remains at 1.0.
Some of the new features are as follows;
- Download and stream free music
- Now Playing screen redesign
- Additional artist info including News
- Album art gesturing for track change
- Home screen redesign
- Browse by Genre
- Lock-screen player redesign
- Integration with Android’s “listen to” Voice Action
- SHOUTcast (2.2 & above) Featured Stations
- Fixed crash issue on Sony Ericsson Xperia series
- Languages: English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (BR), Romanian, Russian, Spanish & Turkish
I highly recommend this app over other music players on the market, and again, it’s Free, with all of these features! It’s only going to get better. A side note, after installing the app, my Winamp widget froze, so I removed it and re-added it, worked perfectly after that. Grab it by clicking the source link below, it’s worth it!
[via Android Market]
It’s no secret these days that the stock music player for Android, to put it nicely, is slightly outdated. Fortunately, with the openness of Android, there are plenty of alternatives for you to pick from. As I always say, more choice is better, right? That being said, check out Zimly for Android. Zimly offers a clean, crisp and new streamlined look for your media player when it comes to playing music, audio and video. And the best part of it all is, it’s free. PowerAMP is another great alternative player, but that will run you $4.99 in the market (free version is a 15 day trial). Music Mod isn’t too bad as well, but I felt the interface left a lot to be desired.
Zimly has all of the expected standard features a media player should have. It’s the design of the application that we’re going for here, being that we just want an updated and contemporary look. However, all of the necessary functionality is there as well. If you’re ready to upgrade the look and feel of the stock media player, then head on over to our apps database for more information and for the download. Let us know what you think of the app in the comments below. And feel free to let us know what your preferred media player is?