Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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While the stock iPod app is fine, there's always room for a new music player, especially one with a gesture driven interface. That's what Q it: Music Player offers, leading to an app that will prove particularly useful to those exercising as they listen to music.
Admittedly, the look of Q it: Music Player won't instantly beguile. While the controls are very stylish and exactly what you'd expect of a quality iOS app, the looks don't quite match. Using chunky fonts and coloring makes it ideal to check at a glance, but it lacks the finesse of the minimalist apps that iOS is associated with.
Dig deeper than the surface, though, and the benefits become apparent. This chunky appearance ties in nicely with controls that lend themselves to activity. Running on the treadmill or in the park? It's still pretty easy to glance down at Q it: Music Player and see what track is playing. Similarly, controlling playback is easy to do, even while on the move.
Queuing up a playlist of music is a matter of flicking the track to the left with browsing through music collections as simple as tapping through an enlarged keyboard. Once a playlist has been arranged, swiping through tracks skips them while swiping up or down adjusts volume. Holding a finger down to one side of the screen causes tracks to fast forward or rewind. It's simple and intuitive. The full screen interface makes it easy to see the album art as well as what tracks are coming up.
Q it: Music Player sticks to the basics but it does provide a choice of colors for the background. It's a small touch but one that I still found myself instinctively adjusting to make the app my own.
Simplicity is key to Q it: Music Player's potential success. There's no sharing functionality to advertise what music is being listened to, or anything like that, because it's not essential to music playback. Instead, it focuses on helping its users listen to music quickly. In particular, it'll be a great addition to the exercise addict's arsenal.