Rating: 4 out of 5 stars App Developer: NuageProduction
Wall of sound is one of the most innovative music navigation iPad apps available. The design of the app emulates a wall, with each brick representing a music album. The user can swipe across the wall in any direction to access more bricks, and click on the bricks to sample the music from the album. The user can then access iTunes to purchase the music; and share via E-mail; Facebook and Twitter.
This iPad app is available in a variety of languages and gives the user access to 20 million songs, in a range of genres, including music that is currently most popular. Holding a finger on a brick brings up the artist and album name, and pinch and zoom enlarges and reduces the brick size. The user is able to customise the wall to suite his/her music interests by changing various settings in the app, and the search feature allows him/her to search for any music by artist, album, or both. In addition, the user can rate the app; recommend the app; make suggestions; or access the creators’ website. The user selects an album by tapping on its picture in the brick, and while the music is playing, the picture can be swiped sideways to show all the tracks on the album. The app is AirPlay enabled, and the user can change the volume, pause, or go to the previous and next tracks. The user can also select any track, or choose to shuffle the songs. Swiping upwards and downwards hides and unhides the picture, and music from the app can be used as background music while the user continues working on the iPad. Shaking the iPad, randomly reshuffles the wall of sound.
While the intricacies of the settings and search feature were found to be a little difficult to follow, anything searched for was found quickly and easily. This iPad app is most definitely unique and interesting, enabling its user to experience a wide range of music with a fun visual spin. Search, sample, listen, share and purchase – all within this cool, clever music app.