What better way to clear that brain of yours than to fill it with mind-numbing tunes?
Sure you could load up your iPod or iTunes libraries to get your fix, but what if you wanted to try something new? Cloud-based music streaming apps like Pandora are nice, but they are limited and require accounts. If you’re looking to jump right into fist-pumping beats, pop into Cydia and grab SimplePlayer.
Much like the aforementioned Pandora, SimplePlayer will give you access to a large library of music that isn’t on your iDevice.
Unlike the popular music streaming software, SimplePlayer won’t limit you on the number of songs you select in an hour. It allows you to browse through top 100 charts for different genres, or you can just type in the name of the song or artist into the search bar…
To my surprise, this app located every song I threw at it. From Lil Wayne to the Beatles, I didn’t have any problems finding the track I wanted. Granted my taste in music is fairly mainstream, but I searched for a wide range of music from different genres. The search engine even returned underground and unreleased tracks I hadn’t heard before.
I also liked the fact that the app supported multitasking. Switching to other apps didn’t cause the music to stop, and the music was controllable via the iPod shortcuts. It also played the entire list of results for my search, continuously. This resulted in uninterrupted music play, without having to manually select songs.
As expected with any app streaming media, the music takes time to load. Things like fast forwarding are not immediate like they are on your iPod. This particular app seemed worse than others though, as many songs I played required multiple pauses to buffer the track. Switching to Wi-Fi alleviated the issue for the most part, but it still happened.
Even with the skipping, the songs weren’t unbearable to listen to. You can’t really complain, considering the app is a free download. So don’t expect a fancy interface, or get upset when you come across personal remixes of your favorite tracks. There is obviously some amateur content mixed in with other music.
SimplePlayer is available for $0.99 in the App Store, and is free to those who download it from Cydia. It is important to note that the paid version, SimplePlayer Pro, supports the ability to build playlists and other features.
If you haven’t had a chance to play with the app, the free version is definitely worth a download. If nothing else, it will entertain you for a few hours.
Have you tried SimplePlayer on your iDevice? What do you think?