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simplePLAY Brings Much Needed ‘No Look’ Feature To Android Music App Scene

The developer of simplePLAY is tired of everyone putting themselves at risk while they are driving, and having to look down at their small screens to press skip, back, and pause. He has implemented a no look feature into his music app, and it actually works exactly how you would hope. Using gestures, you can swipe forward, back, or any other feature you might need. 

The interface is well polished, and is on par with any other music app on the Market. Plenty of widgets, including lockscreen controls, and even has theme support. Unfortunately, Google Music is not playing nicely yet with 3rd party apps, so no, there is no Google Music Beta support. If you would like to give the no look feature a go, then you can pick the app up on the Android Market for just 99 cents.

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What is the one feature you wish all these 3rd party app had? I know for myself, that I wish it had some Google Music support. Time to start emailing Google, everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    lyrics. I like having lyrics on screen, if you could search and add them for me that’d be nice, but if not, then i’m find with just a lyric viewer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1953314 Nathan Domier

    Cyanogen’s volume button skip forward/back controls have always been good enough for me!

    • Biohazzard22

      dude, I been looking for a app that does that, do you have the link market please

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  • SubAstute

    I’ve been using this app for several months and it’s very stable and the perfect simple music player, IMO. Essential for listening and controlling music in the car. And the developer has responded to bug reports very quickly. If you want an equalizer and endless power tweaks then this won’t do. But for simplicity and safe driving, simplePLAY lives up to its name.

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  • http://twitter.com/Twisted_Pixels Twisted Pixels

    Please note that the video shown is fairly old, and there have been updates to add album browsing, playlists, lockscreen replacement, widgets and many small tweaks since this was released.  I will try to post an updated video tonight.

    Josh McKinney
    Twisted Pixels Multimedia

  • Kenny

    Does this make the screen stay on, too? The most dangerous part of controlling music while driving is having to turn on the phone, then unlock the screen before you can even tap a button. 

    • Josh McKinney

      There is an option to keep the screen on while driving, and I am looking at adding an option to lock it without power, although battery drain would be a concern 

      Josh McKinney
      Twisted Pixels Multimedia

  • KevParlee

    Zune hands down has the best interface for music imo

  • Blood

    Since we are talking about cars and droids here. What is the best way to listen to music from my phone to the car? Please reply.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I use the Motorola roadster so that it plays through the car speakers also phone calls go through the speakers its awesome

      • http://twitter.com/SoDroid SoDroid (Eli)

        I use the roadster as well, works well, connects via bluetooth and you can control the music from the roadster unit itself. I attach it to my visor. 

      • Blood

        Thanks to all of you for replying. I’m going to check out the motorola roadster

    • Droidoverspeakers

      The setup that’s worked best for me is to use the car mount with my Droid X, connected to my vehicle’s AUX input. It’s effective and cheap. You can take phone calls over the speakers, too.

  • Josh Flowers

    MusicMod has gesture control. (and it’s free)
    that’s the biggest kicker for me–i’m surprised it’s not something more commonly sought.

  • Anonymous

    Both poweramp and Muiplayer has had all this a while. And no folder support = no thank you.

  • Sirx

    FINALLY! Jesus, you’d think that the ability to tap on the screen to pause/resume playback kills the very brain cells of app developers, so they dare not include that capability.  PowerAmp does NOT do this–It allows you to swipe back and forth to skip tracks accordingly, and that is all.  To perform any other function, you have to take your eyes off the road, look at the phone screen, locate the (relatively) tiny amount of real estate dedicated to the task you want to accomplish, then press it.  It’s the same with every other music playing app in the market, and it’s a pain in the BUTT! If this thing can read music from the internal memory, I’m throwing money at them right now!

    To the developer(s) of this app:  Thank you, from one long-frustrated music listener!

  • Dash Speeds

    These players are all useless to me until Google releases the API for music because I can’t be bothered to put all of my music on my phone, I’d much rather stream it. 

    • http://twitter.com/Twisted_Pixels Twisted Pixels

      Streaming from Google Music will be added the minute they allow it!

      Josh McKinney
      Twisted Pixels Multimedia

  • Anonymous

    hm, shouldn’t this be posted on the newly re-launched an.droid-life? as this has nothing to do with vzw android goods..

  • LukeAT21

    I have been using this app for a while now, also great to use while working out. No issues here.

  • Zebra

    PowerAmp has had this for a while…

    • http://twitter.com/Twisted_Pixels Twisted Pixels

      Unlike PowerAmp, simplePLAY allows you to tap or gesture anywhere on the screen.  PowerAmp does have gesture support, but the target is typically half the screen (depending on what features you have enabled), and tap to toggle play/pause is not possible.  My goal was to have a totally ‘no-look’ design, allowing you to safely control the music while driving.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    great idea, I wish Xiia player had this

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that saw that and thought it looks almost exactly like the Zune’s interface? Maybe missing a little of the real shimmer of the microsoft UI. I mean, it’s definitely great and looks like it runs well, but I’ve got the Zune dedicated to music because I didn’t want to cram all my music onto my phone.

    • Anonymous

      I like this because unlike my Zune HD I can use an EQ on my phone not to mention a bigger, better screen. Now I only use my Zune HD for my workouts so I love the look of this. Although Uber Music is just the same as well I might as well give this a shot. 

  • Anonymous

    Power Amp already has the same type of gestures on it’s app.

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