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App of the Week: Winamp



Hello all, sorry for missing you with an App of the Week last week. Today I will start out with making this painfully obvious statement: music is a huge part of our lives. A revelation, I know, so why not have an app that makes our music experience even better. Sure, there is nothing wrong with the stock music app for Android. It plays music and that was the intention, right? Well, yes, but there are some other features that are useful that aren’t there. Now I am not bashing Android’s music app, I just think there are some others, specifically one, that has some cool extras. Give it up for Winamp.

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Winamp is a music player, and the main thing we want a music player to do is play music. Well, Winamp plays music and the UI of the app is pretty cool. It has the basic play/pause, next, previous controls at the very bottom; and on the right side of those it has a home button. The home button brings you to a screen with your different artists, songs, etc. On the left side of the music controls is a feature called the Play Queue. What this allows you to do is take the songs from an album, artist, or your entire library and arrange them in the way you want to hear them. If there are three particular songs on an album you like and you want to hear them first, just put them ahead of the others in the Play Queue. This is an awesome feature that I absolutely love from Winamp.

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Winamp also has some more fun things to check out in the “settings” option as well. In the settings you can make all of the basic adjustments like enabling auto-mount and naming what your device will be called when it mounts, but two specific features stand out to me. The first being the option to use the lock screen player. Using the lock screen player can be very helpful to quickly access basic controls. Whether you need to pause to hear something, or skip because you absolutely hate this song, the controls pop up right where you need them.

The second feature that stands out is the ability to wireless sync with Winamp’s desktop application. This feature is really helpful for some easy syncing without having to worry about using the USB cable. Really, it just comes down to ease of use.

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The last thing I will touch on about Winamp is the little bar at the bottom. While having all the features I previously mentioned, a little bar at the bottom is waiting for you to scroll up. It is opposite of the notification bar and when you scroll it up you get back to the full control screen and the album artwork. In, my opinion, that is a pretty slick UI idea that Google should get their hands on. They have a knack for scrolling bars up and down.

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Winamp is an awesome music player. It is my default player and I recommend it to you as well. Its robust features make it a great music player app for Android and that is why I have chosen it to be this week’s App of the Week.

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about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 15 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]

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