FreeThere are a lot of ways to play music on your iOS device, including streaming services, music discovery, new user interfaces, and more. The most appealing apps seem to be the ones that actually change the listening experience, and that’s what Boom Music Player claims to do. Boom is designed to transform your locally stored songs to offer 3D surround sound. That’s quite a claim, and I was a bit suspicious in testing, but the app answered all of my doubts.
Boom lets you listen to your favorite songs like many other apps, but those songs sound brand new with the effects provided. The 3D surround sound truly does work, and the best way to hear the difference is to set the same song in the stock music app and Boom. You don’t realize how much you’re missing with the stock music app, until you hear Boom. The main difference is that listening to a song in Boom offers more depth to the music, and you’ll hear sounds that you may have not heard before. Boom also makes the stock listening experience feel like all of the different instruments and vocals are smashed together. With Boom, it sounds like the vocals and varying instruments are on different waves allowing you to distinguish the fidelity of each one. It’s not a night and day difference, but Boom does give you a new appreciation for your music like no other app in the App Store.
It’s worth noting that Boom is designed for headphones, and works on any pair you have, whether it’s Apple’s earbuds, Beats headphones, Bluetooth wireless headphones, or any other pair you may have. Beyond the music, the app interface makes it easy to create new playlists, set-up an upcoming queue, and change the intensity of the effect. There’s also a neat design that shows the wave form of the current song around the album art. Boom is a free download with a free trial, but you do need to subscribe to the service to continue listening with effects.
Boom Music Player (Free, Universal) delivers a great listening experience that you have to hear to believe.