The iPad is a handy couch accessory, and it does a great job of playing back music, not only to its own speakers, but to many other speaker systems as well. That’s why the new Couch Music Player app makes so much sense, as it’s geared towards controlling your music with your iPad, while sitting on the couch. It can be used in many other instances, and it’s another in a long line of music player apps for the iPad, with all trying to replace the substandard stock iPad music app.
Couch Music Player attempts to stand out in a number of ways beginning with the gesture based interface. You can create dynamic playlists in the app by simply swiping right across a track into the queue. The app supports multiple on the go playlist creations, and you can swipe songs in, and out, and up and down to get them just right. Once you start playing a track, the album view shows full screen, and from there, you can tap to pause/play, and swipe across the album to switch to the next track. One of the little subtleties is the music progress bar, and title changing colors inspired by the coloring of the album, a bit like the album backgrounds in iTunes 11. You can flick through the queue like flipping through vinyl albums, and the next song starts playing instantly.
There’s always the option to go back to change around the current queue, and from there the playback controls sit at the bottom of the screen. Every single aspect of the app is effortless to use, allowing you to turn your iPad into a new age jukebox whether you’re listening solo with headphones, through the iPad speakers, or over AirPlay to the Apple TV or Bluetooth enabled speakers. Couch Music Player is a reimagining of Apple’s stock music app, and Remote app. It also effortlessly connects with iTunes Match enabled libraries. The one main drawback is that it’s not the most feature rich, but it delivers a design that is oozing with polish to make your iPad screen shine.
Couch Music Player ($0.99, Universal) is an extremely smooth experience with effortless controls, and a highly polished design making it a great way to control music with your iPad, and worth the purchase price.