ArmAmp – an MP3 player for audiophiles
May 1, 2013 3:43 PM –
ArmAmp is a well-designed and smooth audio player for Android. It offers a number of very cool features too, including radio streaming, equalizer, lyrics, file browser and a neat little widget. Now, it’s fair to say that audio players are very common in the Google Play Store, so why would ArmAmp drag you away from your favourite? Read on for more…
Price: Free or ~$2.99 for the ad-free version
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Easy to use!
- Lots of functionality!
- Last.fm scrobbling!
- User interface might not been quite as slick as what you are used to. But read on as to why this shouldn’t matter.
- Using the app is straightforward, but more advanced features are less intuitive.
ArmAmp is a feature-stuffed audio app that might just catch your eye. The idea behind it is to create an audio player that boasts the same features and ease of use than that of a desktop player. And I think it’s fair to say that it delivers on both fronts.
The app is quite simple to use, with bold tabs, a clear menu system and simple controller along the top of the interface. The app is laid out very well, with bold Browser, Equalizer, Shuffle and Repeat buttons along the side. This means you can jump straight into the music easily. The equalizer comes with a load of presets, but you can tweak the levels as much as you like.
While these functions are quite simple, some elements left me scratching my head a little. Why would you need to enter a URL? Why would you bookmark audio content? The simple stuff is great and the sound quality is excellent, but some features are not explained well. There is a help section, but this is quite limited.
For the audiophile, the app is superb. In addition to the equalizer, you have things like last.fm login and scrobbling, sound effects (reverb, balance, pitch), ReplayGain, Heuristic for gap-less MP3 playback, fade in and out, lyrics via LyricWiki and buffer size adjustment for streaming. It should be mentioned too that all this is free for all users. The app does feature adds, but for about $2.99 you can remove these.
Overall it’s a powerful app, with a bunch of great features which is great for connoisseurs who like powerful sound functionality at their fingertips. For the beginner though, who just likes to plug-in-and-play, it’s perhaps not as intuitive to use as other music players in the Google Play Store.
ArmAmp – Selected track
ArmAmp – Browse
ArmAmp – Equalizer
ArmAmp – Effects settings
ArmAmp – Gapless mp3 playback
ArmAmp – Track info
ArmAmp – Presets
ArmAmp – Menu
ArmAmp – Scrobbling
ArmAmp – Sort
ArmAmp – Umm no, I’d still like to leave please!
ArmAmp – Widget
For listening to music and other sound files, tweaking the sound quality to just how you like it, creating in-the-moment playlists and even scrobbling via last.fam- all within the main app- ArmAmp is a top little music player that is full of features. If you’re not an intermediate or advanced user however, you might find much of just sails over your head.
Ease of Use:
For basic usage, it is easy to use. For the more advanced features- it does take a little bit of trial and error. There is a help section, but this could be more comprehensive as it only provides tips for a fraction of the functionality actually available in the app.
If you’re a big sound fan, audio players might be something you have plugged in all the time, so definitely something you can use on a very regular basis.
The interface is functional- not great- but okay. Really though, this shouldn’t matter too much. If you’re plugging in, sitting back and listening to your favourite music, it’s really no big deal.
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