The iPhone is Apple’s best music player device, but sadly they have let their own stock music player app slide to cause users to look else where. Luckily, there are a bunch of App Store alternatives, and Listen is a highly appealing choice. What really makes Listen stand-out is a gesture driven interface that truly lets you control every part of the app with a specific touch action. You can tap to play/pause, swipe left/right to skip a song, drag a finger to scrub through a track, swipe with two fingers to change the volume, and more. It’s all designed for such a seamless experience that lets you perform basic music controls without even looking at the screen.
In addition to the swipe gestures, there’s also an iOS 7 inspired design with translucent backgrounds throughout, infused with the colors of your albums. The main music playback screen simply offers the album disc at the center of the screen with text details. From there, you essentially interact with the album artwork as you slide it around to perform the various gestures. You can also drag it upwards to send a song to favorites, share, or AirPlay. There’s a slick integration with your entire music library with a circle layout of every playlist, album, and song your have on your device. As an added bonus, the developer have enabled their app to support iTunes Match in the cloud songs, which is actually a rarity in third party music players.
Listen (Free, iPhone) just may be the best iPhone music player, and there’s no reason not to give it a try.