Feeds
95%
N7Player Android app icon

N7Player

Got music covered

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Android App of the Week It’s not often that I come across an application that displaces a default choice on my phone within minutes of me downloading it, but the N7Player music player is just one such. I think it’s brilliant.

Before I go on, let me make one thing clear: I’m an obsessive about album cover art. I go to great, some would say unhealthy lengths to make sure my digital music collection features the correct art. N7Player repays my obsession in spades.

N7Player Android app screenshot N7Player Android app screenshot

Zoom out to view your library as text (left) and in to see the albums (right)

The USP is the UI. Open the app and all your album artists are displayed by name in a grid, graffiti style. Zoom out and all the album covers appear and you can keep zooming out to see larger images of said sleeves.

To keep the tile screen a sensible size, only the first three albums by any artist get single images while the rest are grouped four to a tile. Tap on an artist's name in the text view and the background fades and all the relevant albums are brought to the fore.

N7Player Android app screenshot N7Player Android app screenshot

Select an LP (left) and get more detail (right)

Tap an album and you get a list of all the tracks on it as well as covers of all the other albums by said artist next to it. It’s an essentially simple but visually impressive way of navigating around your music, and the larger your collection, the better it works.

The icing on the cake is the quality of the animated transitions. They are superb. Fiddling with N7Player makes me wonder if this was the sort of effect Microsoft was aiming for with Windows Phone 7. The difference is here it’s apposite and it works.

N7Player Android app screenshot N7Player Android app screenshot

The app lets you edit ID3 tags (left) and add album art (right)

Of course, to function properly all your cover art and ID3 tags need to be in order so it’s just as well the app has editors for both, and rather good they are too. Especially handy is the option to change whole album not just track tags.

N7Player isn’t just a pretty face either. As long as you are running Android 2.3.1 or above you get a five-band graphic equaliser, SRS sound, bass boost and a selection of EQ and reverb pre-sets.

N7Player Android app screenshot N7Player Android app screenshot
RH Recommended Medal

All the basic music library navigation tools are covered too, including folder, artist and album views and there is a useful sleep timer with a ‘play to end of song’ override. Playlist support is a bit basic but the app keeps running lists for recent and most played tracks.

At the moment N7Player is a free - and ad free - beta so I suggest grabbing it sooner rather than later, though I for one will be happy to cough up a few quid to keep it on my handset. ®

Size 4.5MB
Apps2SD No

N7Player Android app QR code

We make our choice of the best Android smartphone and tablet downloads every Tuesday. If you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More Android App of the Week Winners

TuneIn
Radio Pro
iOnRoad Ten Android Games AppAware AirDroid

High performance access to file storage

95%
N7Player Android app icon

N7Player

The best looking mobile music player bar none.
Price: Free RRP

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT
Especially if you are bad at them and keep losing
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.