Songvoo is a nice little app from developer E2D for people who play a lot of music while their iPhone is in a dock, like in their car or office. Songvoo provides a different playback experience than the traditional iPod controls and lets the user choose what they’re seeing while the tunes are playing.
Songvoo presents things in a very straightforward manner. Tapping the + button in the top right corner allows the user to pick what music they want to listen to. You can load playlists, individual songs, or entire collections of specific artists or genres. This matches up with the level of control the tradition iPod controls give the user, but Songvoo’s selling points aren’t in the music, but in the controls and visuals.
You can randomize the backgrounds, which come in a varying colors and graphical styles. None of them in particular are striking, but you can be sure you’ll find something that fits you. Songvoo also displays large readable text so you can see the artist and song title at any angle and from a distance. This is where Songvoo’s specialization turns into it’s biggest selling point. Album covers are great, but let’s face it, some of our iTunes libraries aren’t the most organized and not every music file has cover art attached to it. Songvoo’s large text display also lets you see what you’re listening to in the car without having to squint, which is bound to make for a safer road trip.
The range of different touch controls Songvoo available to the user are also a great feature. Tap controls include tapping once to pause and play, tapping twice to skip to the next track, and tapping three times to go to the previous track (much like the headphone dongle controls). There are also a wide variety of swiping controls to use which make changing songs in the car a breeze. Swiping in any direction skips a song, swiping a less-than sign goes to the previous track, and drawing a circle repeats songs. You can even draw an unfinished question mark to see the info of the current song.
E2D has done a great job of creating an app that solves a lot of very specific problems people may have with the traditional iPod app present on the iPhone and iPod Touch. If you listen to your tunes while driving your car, or maybe want to be able to have more control over your music while the iPhone is sitting in a dock, Songvoo is for you.
Songvoo is compatible for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later.