There are a lot of ways to listen to music on your iPhone, and that includes your own music collection. Apple’s stock music app is a no frills get the job done offering, but if you’re in search for something more, the App Store has you covered. Stringer is a new choice that focuses on shuffling up your music collection, and then controlling the shuffled playlist. If you have a big music collection, you probably shuffle often, but then you’re just left with random playback with no idea what’s coming next. Stringer is all about letting you see what’s coming next, and giving you the ability to add to the upcoming queue.
The main interface gives you a vertical scrolling string of albums, and you can just let them play in order, and swipe up to skip to the next song. There are also swipe gestures allowing you to swipe to the left to see all of your songs on the current album, or swipe to the right to see all of your albums of the current artist. In either menu, you can tap on any of the songs listed, and drag it right on to the string to play next. The app is designed so that if you come across a particular artist, or album you’re into while shuffling, you can add more of the same to your shuffled mix. Sometimes shuffle can work like scanning the radio, and you want to hear more of something in particular, and now you can do so right in line, rather than going through a few menus like the in the stock music app. You can also swipe to previously played music in your shuffle, and add in related tracks to what you skipped earlier. All of it is presented smoothly, and the app also supports iTunes Match music.
Stringer (Free, iPhone) is a well designed utility to make music playback more enjoyable, and easier to use. The app is free with a $4.99 in-app purchase to unlock access to related albums, your music playlists, and the ability to save strings.