Play It: iPhone Written App Review
Looking for a new way to enjoy your tunes? Look no further than Play It, this gesture-friendly music playing app from Jeroen van Rijn plays with a tap and sports some sweet customization options we really dig. So before you bust a jam, tune in to our iPhone app review of Play It to see how to do it with style.
Play It interfaces directly with your iTunes library, connecting you to your music without skipping a beat. You can peruse your tracks by playlist, artist, song, alum, genre, podcast or audiobook. The app features album art, and a unique option to view lyrics (if they’re included in the track info) simply by swiping to the left when you’re listening to a song.
That’s all pretty standard stuff, because the way Play It really shines is through its unique user interface. Read on after the cut for more about that.
One of our favorite features of this app is its customizable color scheme. By accessing the app’s options menu you can adjust the app background, font color, and even the detailed text color. A single tap can send those settings back to default, or you can always adjust them again and again with primary color slide controls.
It’s also cool that you can start playing music in your iPhone’s standard music player, then move to the Play It app for easier controls. As players go, Play It is simple yet effective. It also syncs automatically over iCloud, so any changes you make in the app on one iOS device will appear on others. It also makes the most of iOS 5’s Twitter integration, making it easy to share what you’re listening to.
On the down side, we found ourselves missing the ability to create playlists in this app.
Alright, we promised some dirt on Play It’s gesture controls and here it is. In this app it’s all about the swipe and tap. That’s probably why the app suggests spending some time with the instructions before diving in. A tap will open a category, and tapping a title or album art can start the party. Once a song is playing you can swipe through the album or playlist to control which track you’re listening to, and use two fingers to swipe to a lyrics tab or back a screen.
To control the song you can touch the title, which will pause and play the track. Changing the volume is also easy, just run your finger up and down to manually manage it. If all this sounds like a whole lot of gesture-based controls on one screen you’re right, it is. It can be a little confusing, and occasionally the app might pause when you’re trying to swipe, or the volume might change when you’re trying to do something else, especially when you’re using the app on an iPhone or iPod touch.
Play It is a unique take on music controls. We like this universal app, with its customizable color pallet and bevy of gesture controls. If you’re dying to manage music from a pink background, this might be the app for you. Otherwise we don’t really see the point, consider the app is missing several features such as the shake to change option and the ability to create playlists.
You can see Play It in action for yourself in the developer’s YouTube demo.
Play It iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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