I first heard about NowPlayer on Twitter where I won a free promotional code for it. Before downloading it, the description had me pretty excited about what I was going to see: gestures, easy social sharing, and the UI customization options. Since I had used so many music player apps that didn’t meet my standards, I was hoping for a good one. Did this app meet my expectations as a music player replacement? Read on to find out.
NowPlayer has a few features that I adore. First off, we have gestures. Sadly, there is currently no way of creating custom gestures, though, the available gestures are easy to use, remember, and can also sometimes make the music experience a little more convenient. Some of these gestures include:
- Three Finger Tap to auto-send a tweet
- Two Finger Tap to play/pause, but can be changed to a double tap if you desire
- Swipe left/right to change tracks
- Swipe up/down to change the volume
The first gesture I listed brings me to another feature; simple social sharing. Automatically send a tweet with the three finger tap, or you can also choose to share your song via Facebook, Last.fm or e-mail, unlike the stock Music app.
Share what you are currently playing easily via Facebook, Last.fm, Twitter, or e-mail.
The GUI is definitely the strong point of this app. As you can see in the screenshots, you can choose from eight different backgrounds, 7 different ways to display album artwork, and 2 other ways to change the look of your play, pause, etc. buttons. That is over 100 different UI combinations you can use, plus the ability to add your own backgrounds in as well, adding to the number of choices.
The buttons, backgrounds and other UI elements of the app are simplistic, yet go nicely with the app; and did not see any graphic flaws whatsoever.
NowPlayer is an app that I use when I remember to as I still continue to go to my stock music app first. Song selection isn’t what one would call convenient, but neither is it in any other music player app. I don’t really believe NowPlayer was made to function as a stock music player replacement, but more of as an app that adds on to the music experience and makes it more convenient (social sharing and gestures)
For $0.99, I would have to say you are getting your money’s worth. NowPlayer does what it is intended to do, and its UI is beautiful, easily customized and just perfect. Its features are worth the money, but things like gestures could be a little more customizable; such as allowing the ability to create their own gestures.
NowPlayer also has a free version in the App Store; perfect for those of you who want to try before buying, or if you use the app for mainly social sharing.
NowPlayer is put together very well, and I did not notice any bugs. The simple social sharing and gestures are definitely a plus since the stock app has neither. Some may find it as a worthy stock Music app replacement, but I don’t really see it that way yet. Things such as social sharing and the nice UI options make this app a nice one to have on your device.
In the end, I would say that if you have $0.99 to spare, NowPlayer is waiting for you.
† All prices are in US currency.
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I received this promo code via a giveaway on Twitter. Thanks to Richard Bennett