This may only annoy us music “buffs” but upon playing on my shiny new Samsung Galaxy S II (when it was shiny and new and before it drowned in relentless; story for another day!) I found the built in music app just wasn’t up to scratch compared to apps I was used too. Firstly, things were missing such as a lock screen widget – something I found very useful on my HTC desire (out of sheer laziness so didn’t have to unlock the phone to switch tracks) and the general choice of widgets was actually rather poor.
So I found myself scanning the android market for something a bit more “man for the job” so to speak….. which lead me to Power Amp Music Player. I was very unsure at first; rocking in at $4.99 I wasn’t sure of the purchase as I saw this as a lot to spend if it wasn’t any good. Luckily there was a free trial version.
The user interface is generally very slick with smooth track changes and all the widget requirements I wanted! Other built in features include a reasonably good equaliser (some of the effects do sound a bit distorted but not too terrible), track queuing, easy lyric access through musicXmatch, can download as an extra app but power amp can source without downloading. The folder layout is easy to use, likewise with the options/settings and the whole app is generally very clear and easy to use.
The only major downside I can find to this app is that every audio/media based file on your device gets imported into the track listing- which is fine but most of the larger sized android games such as PVZ or Sonic CD have all the bits of music saved as audio files which then get imported. Also the general volume doesn’t seem quite as loud as normal but we shouldn’t be listening to our tunes at an ear shattering level anyway I guess. Plus this is probably just me due to already damaged hearing!
Overall I’d rate this app 4/5 as has a friendly user interface and if very clear on how to use to get what you want out of it. For $4.99 it is definitely worth the cost and money well spent! :)