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BlastOn LLC set out on a mission to revamp the default music application for Android users. When I first opened PlayerPro, I didn’t expect much; maybe a few more options and a new layout. Well, I was surprised. The application is amazing. Aside from having a new interface, they offer many more options to make your music listening experience even better.
There are many features that BlastOn LLC packed into PlayerPro to give the best listening experience.
Customize View of Music
BlastOn wanted their users to be able to browse their music how they wanted to. One notable feature in this category is the ability to download album artwork for their albums. Now, this may not be a big deal to some people, but for people like me who want their music collection neat and tidy; it is.
There are many free skins for PlayerPro on the Android market. They can really add some flavor to your music browsing. This really is a feature Android should have had. Some may see the skins as “just colors”, but they may look better than the gray and green scheme to some users.
Widgets / Notifications
PlayerPro offers five homescreen widgets and a lockscreen widget for your Android device. They differ in sizes so the user can decide whether they want a full screen widget, or a smaller one. This really makes it convenient to access your music on the go when you do not feel like sifting through artists, songs or albums. The lockscreen widget gives you the ability to switch songs without actually unlocking the phone. This can be useful for users who have passcode locks on their phone, since they won’t have to unlock it to change the song. The app also places a notification on the status bar of your device letting you know what song is playing.
This shows how the song information is displayed in the notification bar. It also shows the homescreen and lockscreen widgets.
BlastOn LLC has introduced the opportunity to pick from five smart playlists to enhance your experience. The playlists are: Recently Added, Top Rated, Most Played, Recently Played, Least Played. These can come in handy on many occasions. The user can rate songs as he or she listens so they they will appear in a certain playlist. Then, their favorite songs can be listened to at their fingertips.
PlayerPro also offers its own equalizer. There are many preset “profiles” that you can pick depending on what type of music you are listening to. You can also adjust it for yourself. It also offers a few more features such as a visualizer, reverb setting, and a bass and volume knob.
With all of these features, there is only one that I can think of that is missing; the ability to search and download lyrics to the song being played. If it had this feature, it would put the app over-the-top. This does not hinder the app though, it still competes very well with other music players.
PlayerPro offers users an equalizer with preset profiles depending on different types on genre. The user can also edit it to their liking. It also offers a bass knob, volume knob, a virtualizer and a reverb setting. I’ve noticed that the EQ only distorts the music when set above 7.5dB; adjusting the bass knob is only noticeable through headphones, and not so much via the phone’s speaker. Without adjusting any settings, PlayerPro plays music at about the same quality as the default Android music player.
This is the Sound Effects menu.
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
BlastOn LLC created a sleek interface with a default gray theme and grid style layout. It gives you the option to sort your music by Albums, Artists, Genres, Playlists or by Folders. Each option brings up a grid style format for the corresponding category. You have the ability to view Album Artwork, Artist Pictures, Genre Pictures, Playlists and folders on the SD card which contain music. The last option can be very handy if you have songs stored in different places on your SD card because PlayerPro will automatically group all music files into your library. Now, if you’re not one for the grid layout, you can always switch to the list format which displays a small album artwork on the left and an information bar on the right. Either layout is sleek and looks beautiful in the application.
This is the album layout in grid format.
The GUI of PlayerPro is far more polished than the default Android music player. It is far more sleek and visually appealing as well. It is more useful because it offers the folders feature. This can help if music is stored on different places of your SD card. The only problem I see is there is that there is no “songs” tab where the user can just view all songs without albums, artists, or playlists.
Graphical User Interface: ★★★★½
With this many features and a superior GUI, I am almost positive you will not want to go back to your default Android music player. PlayerPro outperforms its default counterpart on every level: interface, features, settings and GUI. After a while, it will just become a part of your Android device.
Reuse Value: ★★★★★
Value For Money
At $4.99, this application may seem a little expensive for just another music player and I totally agree, it is. There are other music players on the market for less. The price seems only partially justified when thinking about the features and the free skins available, but not really. BlastOn LLC should have lowered the price for the application. A reasonable price in my opinion would have been no more than $2.00.
Value For Money: ★★★½
All I have to say is wow! This app exceeded what I initially thought it would be. It has many features that the user can customize to their liking. It will have no problem replacing the default music player on your Android device. The only thing that might deter you from purchasing it is the price. It is a bit much for a music player even with all of these features. If you don’t have the money to spend, you can live without it. If you have the $5 to spend though, I would definitely recommend PlayerPro.