We have got something a bit special here for Android music fans. Read on.
When you start to get fed up with your Android phone or tablet’s built-in music player and begin searching for a new app to play your music on, it can quickly turn into a daunting and disappointing task.
There are so many options that it can seem impossible to ever find the one you want, and if you follow the crowd and download one the more popular players, you are going to end up disappointed, as they never seem to match up to the hype.
However, Backspin might just be the player you have been looking for. It looks fantastic, has a great suite of features and, most importantly, it is completely intuitive to use, with features and settings right where they should be. Backspin is great, and is obviously designed from the ground up to work perfectly on all screen sizes.
If you are running the app on a phone, it works great and suits the screen size well, but if you boot it up on a large screened tablet the app transforms in a multi-columned beast of a music player and one that you will probably never replace.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
– Equalizer with bass boost.
– Stream from Dropbox, and create playlists with songs from both the device and the cloud.
– Smart Shuffle. Songs won’t repeat until everything has been played (play any song on a list while shuffling, and the shuffle won’t start over).
– Pinch to zoom album covers.
– Undo button: Undo accidental plays (resumes last song); undo add/delete a song from a playlist.
– Export playlists in xspf format: When an xspf is imported, the app finds music files wherever they are on the device.
– Folders View (2 columns on tablets). You can “add all” or “shuffle all” subfolders.
– Save Now Playing as a playlist (You can save the shuffle order!).
– Find album art.
– Consolidate Albums with only one track, or hide albums with only one track, to unclutter large libraries of music.
The Dropbox integration is superbly done, and is a fantastic way of freeing up space on your device. In fact it works so well that I would say it would be worth signing up to Dropbox just to use this feature as it works so much better than things like Spotify and you can put any music you like on it.
Some of the things the app does are things you only notice when going back to another music player. Ever tried importing a few tracks or albums and end up spending more time re-organising the tracks to fit the app than you do actually listening to the tunes? Well, the developers of Backspin clearly share your frustration as importing and getting things organised is incredibly simple. In the course of reviewing apps like this I have spent a lot of time moving my library about and fiddling with the playlist and track listings, so I was very impressed when after importing it all just worked as it should.
This review could turn into a book if I had to mention all my favourite features of the app, so I will just give you a couple of highlights: you can save the ‘now playing’ list as a playlist, including the shuffle order(!). You can hide albums with only one track (I love that). You can zoom in on album covers…and on and on.
Backspin is gorgeous to look at, is endlessly customisable, has some world-class exclusive features, and is probably the best music playing app in the world. Actually, scratch that, Backspin is the best music playing app in the world right now.
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