Your music can be played practically anywhere these days, but it seems digital interfaces can only provide so much. There’s nothing quite like the the flair of a Hi-Fi system with deluxe receiver, speaker, turntable, and music library. BeatBlaster is a new app that attempts to turn your iPad into a Hi-Fi system filled with the various parts. You begin with the main receiver, and it looks great filled with all the controls and dials as well as track info, equalizer, and lyrics. The receiver screen is the home of the app, and you simply swipe in one of the four directions to reach another aspect of the Hi-Fi system.
A simple swipe to the left brings up a full screen speaker with the main cone coiling to the beat of the music. Swiping to the right brings up your iPod music collection, and all of your songs are displayed like CD cases. Then you can swipe down, and reveal a full interactive turntable with spinning album, and familiar needle control. You can also swipe up to reveal a very simple control screen, and there’s also a free iPhone app that can control the iPad music, and provides a similar control screen.
There’s so much detail put into each different screen, and it’s very smooth to switch between each aspect of the sound system. The app goes all out to provide a full on experience as compared to just a music playback app. Each of the five sections provides a different feel, and still provides a way to control your music. The stock music app from Apple is so poor, providing a niche for third party apps, and BeatBlaster has stepped up to totally immerse you in listening to and interacting with music.
BeatBlaster ($1.99, iPad) does exactly what it claims in the App Store description, and replicates all the best aspects of the past on to the iPad. It’s a great choice for music playback on the iPad, although there are a few stability issues relating to iTunes Match and shuffling. Planetary is still our go to choice, but BeatBlaster is worth picking up as it truly does turn your iPad into a Hi-Fi sound system.