Radio Velvet: Written iPhone App Review
Do you like music? Do you like really good music? If so, then we might just have the next greatest app suggestion for you. No, this isn’t another Pandora or Spotify clone. Rather, Radio Velvet by developer NGSE presents us with a new way to listen to some of the greatest music ever made. It’s an Internet radio station within a cleverly designed app, and the end results are often quite magical. For our full review of Radio Velvet you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept an Functionality
As stated, Radio Velvet is more or less an Internet radio station contained within its very own app. The app itself claims to provide the listener with music that’s rarely translated and always golden. In our opinion, the app does seem to do this quite well. It tends to pipe out a lot of now “golden oldies”—if you can consider Huey Luis and the News this—but that’s fine with our musical tastes. It also throws in quite a few modern numbers as well, but all of it very tasteful. The lineups tend to have quite a bit of groove and flow, too. All in all, you’ll not be wanting for quality music with Radio Velvet at the helm.
The app itself, doesn’t supply much, aside from a queue list to see what’s coming up when, and a pause button to halt the action. You’ll also get a pretty wicked illustration of some classic music legends in the background. It’s a sort of Where’s Waldo? of classic rock, which we enjoyed immensely. All in all, we can simply say that the music contained within Radio Velvet is absolutely pitch perfect.
Design and Interface
Sadly, we can’t exactly say the same for the app’s design. You see, there’s not much else to the app. It will play the tracks it has arranged, but you’ll not get any more information about the artists, the groups, the tracks. It’s just a list of tunes and a small control button. At the very least, we’d like to be able to share what we’re listening to with our friends on social networks. Or, even just having the option to favorite a track within the app would go a long way toward smoothing out the need for what Radio Velvet has to offer.
Granted, Radio Velvet is completely free in the App Store. But at the same time, it’d be an hard sell to recommend the app over more established music radio stations like Pandora or Spotify Radio. Granted, Radio Velvet is sans advertisements of any sorts, which is a tremendous boon. But still, with very few additional hooks to draw the user in, we can’t quite recommend the app just yet. However, we’re quite hopeful for future updates as they emerge.
Radio Velvet requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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