UberMusic is a music player inspired by the Metro UI and Zune Player for Windows Phone 7, and it is the most gorgeous music player you will find in the Android Market. It mimics the Zune player even in the animations. This skinnable music player, made by the same developer of LauncherPro, is gaining fast popularity in the Android Market; in less than a week out of beta it’s already sold almost 10,000 copies of. Lets see why this app is growing so fast, and why it’s really worth it!
The first thing that got my attention was the ability to install skins. One of the key features to an Android phone is the possibility to give your own look to your phone, and as I’m a musician and totally addicted to music, another great thing to have in my phone is a good music player. So why not fuse both?
Default skin and Metro skin
You can give the app the look you want to, and although it’s only recently been released, there are already some great skins available. The app itself has an already styled skin that’s really cool — not as cool as the Metro Skin, but still keeping the feeling of the Windows Phone 7 music player.
If you’re a developer, you can find a guide on how to make your own skin for UberMusic on the official website.
The UI of UberMusic is like a clone of the WP7 music player. It even mimics the animations and the super smooth scrolling it has. I believe the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7 is one of the most beautiful UIs ever designed, and UberMusic takes this same attitude to heart.
If you swipe as the player starts, it will softly change to the next tab, out of (by default):
If you don’t want all these tabs you can take some off in the Settings menu.
Selecting a letter on the Artists tabs shows a interface to let you sort by letter, just as in Zune on Windows Phone 7; again, it mimics even the animation of this interface.
Sort by letter
When you’re on an artist’s tab, it will download a picture of the artist in question and used it as the background (you can configure it to download only on Wi-Fi). Another great feature is that it downloads the biography of the artist and shows it in another tab inside the artist tab.
Artist Bio's tab
Likewise, when playing a song, it shows the cover art for the album you’re listening to as the background, and if you swipe you’ll be taken to the next song on the playlist.
Another great UI feature is the “Now Playing” status in the notification bar, which displays a minimalistic status including the cover art of the album.
Now playing screen and the notification bar
Scrobbling and Shuffling
As with most music players, UberMusic has the option of scrobbling your listened songs to Last.fm, either through the Last.fm app or through ScrobbleDroid/SLS.
Also, UberMusic uses a true shuffling system that never repeats the songs you already listened till the playlist has played all songs. To activate the shuffle, you just tap the cover art of the playing song and then select the shuffle symbol; you can also select the repeat mode through the same interface.
Widgets and Wallpaper
This wonderful music player comes with 6 widgets in different sizes, and these, too, are skinnable. The skin may be just for the widget or it may come together with the player skin you’ve downloaded itself. Even without any skin, it is already beautiful, with a semi-transparent background and the controller buttons, alongside cover art for the song.
But what really impressed me is the UberMusic live wallpaper. I thought it was just another slide show or something, but it’s actually a really beautiful display of cover art, all in the same screen, with a gorgeous animation that flips the covers, just like Windows Phone 7 does with its Tiles.
Live Wallpaper Animation
I usually run through the Pros and Cons of an app in my reviews, but I’ve never saw a player as complete as this. It really does its job, and with extreme smoothness and charm. I’m not a fan of WP7 but I am of its interface, and so I downloaded this app just for eye candy, but it surprised me: it’s not just beautiful, but it is extremely functional, without needing too much to make a difference.
The only thing I might consider criticising is the price. It’s pretty expensive for a player, but I really think my money was well spent. But for those who can’t buy it: wait a little longer, the developer Federico Carnales is about to release an ad-supported free version. In my opinion, though, ads can make an app ugly, and the key feature of this player is its beauty.