Application Review: OnCue

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iOS has always had a crippled music player, and technically it still does. Although some major overhauls on the look of the player have been done, it’s still not where it needs to be. OnCue attempts to remedy this with a player that uses the fundamentals of a queue to alleviate the problem.  

Features

OnCue is actually not too feature packed. It does have a few perks though over the stock music player. The first one being that it queues songs for you. The good thing about a queue is that you can view it and reorder it. iOS lets you do neither of these in the queue it uses.

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It is the base feature of the app, the queue.

This queue can be seen just about anywhere and is always a swipe or a tap away. Whether you are on the menu screens or the now playing screen, the queue list is easily accessible. This is a nice touch to the app and works well GUI-wise. OnCue should allow fast access to its biggest feature, the queue, and it does.

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Quick access to the queue is located all around, the lock screen for example.

Outside that, it also allows users to view the current queue on the lockscreen. This is one of the nicest touches of the app. It allows users, at a quick glance, to not only see what’s playing, but also see what’s coming up. All of this can be done without unlocking and scrolling through the next and previous buttons. Now all that is needed is for a jailbreak tweak to allow music control using this list.

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The lockscreen has a useful render of the queue for users to view quickly as well.

The queue becomes a powerful tool for OnCue, and that isn’t a bad thing. Something else that the stock music app doesn’t allow is to shuffle by artist or shuffle by album. This app will shuffle the songs, but keep the artists and album orders intact depending on how you shuffle. This is a great feature.

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Want to shuffle, but be in a more orgianized manner? You can shuffle by artist and albums too!

The last feature is one I can’t figure out. OnCue has Twitter support (hopefully Facebook to come as well). You can customize what you tweet, but there is one problem… I couldn’t figure out how to tweet! I searched high and low to find the tweet button, it just isn’t there.

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Beautiful features, done perfectly, almost… I need to be able to use it for it to be a good feature!

Gesture controls are also included with the app. I see this as a necessity for any music app nowadays. It’d seem stupid not to include them. This is just another feature that puts it a step up on the stock music app. The gesture controls do lag every now and then though.

Features: ★★★★½

Graphics

A blue matte texture drapes over the entire app creating a uniform theme. On the bottom is a grey, matted tab-bar that scrolls for quick access to different sorting methods for your music. Use is pretty easy throughout. There are various ways that the app will sort your music, either in a list, or for albums, they can be shown in a grid. Both are beautiful ways to enjoy your music.

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Different layouts are a good idea and help diversify the app.

Like iOS, the app does give you some information about the album you are viewing. It’s a nice touch, but not one that’s needed. Really, it’s there for extra brownie points.

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Like the iOS Music app, album info is also given to the user.
The last thing that I really respect about the UI of the app is the hidden objects. The queue and options for it only show up if you want it to. If you don’t need it, it simply slides away and becomes a tab of minimal bother. The missing twitter button however, is bothersome.

Graphics: ★★★★½

Reuse

OnCue is able to flex the power of the queue and give users ways to listen to their music that no other apps provide. This is most definitely a huge plus. The added graphical nature of the app is a beauty to look at, so that isn’t a problem. There is the unusable Twitter feature, but the stock app doesn’t have it either. This app does have a terrible bug that stops it from starting up if you have it automatically manage your library. This option can be disabled in settings, but is enabled by default. After disabling it, the app runs stable. Outside that, there is another bug that causes an empty queue…

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There are bugs in the app, I think it’s linked to the crashing.

Reuse: ★★★★½

Value

OnCue, I can’t stress it enough is a great app at heart. It has an Achilles heal though that will destroy its reputation. It’s the random little bugs. It’s not enough to totally rid of all value, but it is enough for me to say I’d expect better from a three dollar app. The features are great though, and I do enjoy using the app. For those reasons, it does hold its price tag competitively.

Value: ★★★★

Final Thoughts

OnCue is such a beautiful app. The new UI really freshens the place up over the stock music players, even after the facelift Apple gave it. The UI and graphical nature of the app are a nice touch overall. The features are the selling point, and boy can they sell.

Overall Score

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OnCue

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