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Old November 2nd, 2010, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just downloaded PowerAmp Music Player and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Might use it over the stock player. Features which I'm enjoying is the widgets, eq presets & id tag changer. One thing I love is that it stops music when unplugging headphones. This was a pain for me after coming from an Iphone.

Anybody else using this? This app is off to a great start and has a lot more potential.

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i like it, but i really need the "Recently Added" Playlist that the default player has. Until then i'll stick with the Samsung player.
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I've been using Winamp, and I really like it so far.
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Yeah between this and winamp you've got all you need and more. Each has its own little niche
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Best feature. the ability to organize your songs by folder on your sd card
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It's nice, but the sound quality is still better on the stock Fascinate player. It's a shame really, because I wish the stock player had all of the features these other players have, such as gapless playback, and quicker song switching when skipping songs. :/ But I just prefer the sound quality on the Fascinate's music app.
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the eq on this app is set to flat by default. You can change the eq manually or use presets also after you've set the eq there are optional treb and bass nobs.
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Another thing is even after a reboot, is still remembers the song and time where you left off. Not sure if stock or other players do that.
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Hands down, the best music player out there. It even allows you to customize the widget! I saw this app demo'd on a video and I knew I had to have it. I'm can't wait to see what future updates bring to it!
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I'm using it, it's really good.

I miss the controls in the notification bar of the stock player (prefer this to widgets). The widget that pops up on your lock screen but only when music is playing - BRILLIANT! But it doesn't play nice with Widget Locker, like many apps.
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I would use the stock player, but Winamp I use most of the time because of last.fm. This "scrobbles" your tracks as you play them and sends to the site, which I haven't found any other way to do yet.
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I would use the stock player, but Winamp I use most of the time because of last.fm. This "scrobbles" your tracks as you play them and sends to the site, which I haven't found any other way to do yet.
I used the stock media player until Winamp came out. I love the stock player except for the fact that it cannot scrobble! This is why I started using Winamp. I do like Winamp, but still would prefer the stock player if only last.fm would support it for scrobbling. That said, this music player looks pretty awesome, I may have to give it a go
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I would use the stock player, but Winamp I use most of the time because of last.fm. This "scrobbles" your tracks as you play them and sends to the site, which I haven't found any other way to do yet.
This is the number one reason I'm using Winamp.
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I don't understand scrobbling
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I don't understand scrobbling
If you have an account at last.fm you can download their scrobbler. The scrobbler is a lightweight program which sends information to the last.fm website anytime you play a song on your computer/ipod/iphone/android phone and records that song to your profile on their site. The act of scrobbling is sending the song you're playing to last.fm. Basically, it lets you build a library on their site of what songs you play to show your musical taste, make friends with similar tastes, etc. A social music site. But your music player has to support scrobbling for it to work. Or really, last.fm has to support the music player.
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I don't understand scrobbling
Simple... all of the music you listen to gets "scrobbled" to your last.fm profile (here's mine for a sample). It's a good way to keep track of what you're listening to, and discover new artists based on the ones you currently like. You can find people who like the same kind of music you do, then go through their artist list to see if there's someone new. I've been doing it for over four years, so I have a good assortment of artists and songs tracked.

Give it a try, it's addicting.
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Both PowerAMP and Meridian support scrobbling.
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Both PowerAMP and Meridian support scrobbling.
Hmm. I may have to give PowerAMP a try.
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If for nothing else Kaessa, the UI is really nice
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I went back to stock music player which is quite excellent. I pause in full screen to turn it off and use the stock app killer which is superb to make sure it is not running in the background and killing battery. I like power amp but it sounds a bit distorted compared to stock.
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You're right, I like the UI. I'll bounce back and forth between Winamp and Poweramp and see which one I like the best.
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You're right, I like the UI. I'll bounce back and forth between Winamp and Poweramp and see which one I like the best.
I've been simul-testing them both this weekend. Im not much of a music guy. The gym is about the only place I listen to tunes consistently, unless Im on Pandora or EPSNRadio, which is rare. Im having the same problem I did with choosing a keyboard. Each has advantages and disadvantages for me and while some sort of non-existent hybrid would be perfect it does not exist
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I'm just gonna throw this out there - I think this made my phone freeze (forcing a reboot) a few times and not wake up from sleep a few more times. A quick Google found another guy who had issues but not many more.

Went through the usual suspects - Beautiful Widgets, SetCPU, Widget Locker. No go. Uninstalling this and using the stock music player instead and I've been stable for a few hours (happened several times today). Also, my problems with Ti backup disappeared (wasn't recognizing my license key for some reason).

My phone isn't stock, I have a BUNCH of possibly culpable stuff installed, I'm not saying it will happen to you, and this is still a beta version. It is an awesome player for sure. Just keep it in the back of your mind if your phone starts acting funny before you start blaming Voodoo/BW etc..
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weird squid, I've actually never had a problem with poweramp, BW, or setcpu
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I've had no problems with BW or setcpu but others have so its always worth checking
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So if I read this right, with the new update, the free version will expire now? we'll have to pay for the app?
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I downloaded this last week sometime, but never used it (one of those 'sometime I'll find a moment to mess with it to see if it's worth keeping' apps). Updated and now if I launch it it says the demo has expired. Yarg, frustrating.
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So if I read this right, with the new update, the free version will expire now? we'll have to pay for the app?
Oh, wow, that is what it looks like. I recently did the update without really paying too much attention to what the changes were and I just launched it for the first time after the update and it says that it is a "Time limited trial" and will expire in a couple weeks.

That is pretty sleezy of them. They put this out as a free app, tons of people downloaded it and gave it great ratings and now they decide they want to make you pay to use it. I will certainly be deleting this when I get home from work tonight.
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That is pretty sleezy of them. They put this out as a free app, tons of people downloaded it and gave it great ratings and now they decide they want to make you pay to use it. I will certainly be deleting this when I get home from work tonight.
It wasn't "sleezy" (sic). It was leaked as a WIP beta for private testing and never intended for general use. Every edition has noted that it's a limited beta, and the author has always stated that the market version would be paid.

The amount of entitlement people have these days is sad.
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Well, I guess that makes up my mind for me. I don't have any problems paying for apps (see my app list ), but I didn't see a big enough difference to justify paying $5.
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I'm just gonna throw this out there - I think this made my phone freeze (forcing a reboot) a few times and not wake up from sleep a few more times. A quick Google found another guy who had issues but not many more.

Went through the usual suspects - Beautiful Widgets, SetCPU, Widget Locker. No go. Uninstalling this and using the stock music player instead and I've been stable for a few hours (happened several times today). Also, my problems with Ti backup disappeared (wasn't recognizing my license key for some reason).

My phone isn't stock, I have a BUNCH of possibly culpable stuff installed, I'm not saying it will happen to you, and this is still a beta version. It is an awesome player for sure. Just keep it in the back of your mind if your phone starts acting funny before you start blaming Voodoo/BW etc..
Been stable today. 99% sure this was my problem.
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It wasn't "sleezy" (sic). It was leaked as a WIP beta for private testing and never intended for general use. Every edition has noted that it's a limited beta, and the author has always stated that the market version would be paid.

The amount of entitlement people have these days is sad.
I guess that I never saw that it was Beta. I just saw it on the top apps one day and it had good reviews so I figured that I would download it. Oh well, no biggie either way, I don't need a music player app that bad.
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I purchased the full version and I am so glad that I did! It is well worth the money IMO. The 10 Band EQ alone is just awesome compare to stock...I didn't like Winamp for that splash screen for one and I used the stock player before PowerAmp. The quality of the graphics and options for customization AND the lockscreen Widget is the cherry on top! I think the time & effort the developer put into the app sets a precedent for future apps. Great job!
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It wasn't "sleezy" (sic). It was leaked as a WIP beta for private testing and never intended for general use. Every edition has noted that it's a limited beta, and the author has always stated that the market version would be paid.

The amount of entitlement people have these days is sad.
Well if you had your information right it would be sad. What IS sad is that you are wrong. It WAS released as a private beta, THEN it was released in the market, with no mention of it being a trial or demo. Then they sneak in an update that shuts the app down. It most certainly was sleezy!
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It wasn't "sleezy" (sic). It was leaked as a WIP beta for private testing and never intended for general use. Every edition has noted that it's a limited beta, and the author has always stated that the market version would be paid.

The amount of entitlement people have these days is sad.
It doesn't have anything to do with entitlement. I'm not paying $5 for an app that essentially reproduces stuff I have other apps for. It was represented as a free app in the market, and I was willing to give it a fair shake and even deal with ads, but now I'm not even interested.

If you look at my app purchase list, I'm not afraid to spend money on an app that does something I NEED it to do. This one doesn't do that.
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Well if you had your information right it would be sad. What IS sad is that you are wrong. It WAS released as a private beta, THEN it was released in the market, with no mention of it being a trial or demo. Then they sneak in an update that shuts the app down. It most certainly was sleezy!
Ok, I don't feel so dumb now. I didn't think I saw anything that said it was in beta when I downloaded it, but thought I could have missed it. I will be uninstalling this promptly.
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If you have an account at last.fm you can download their scrobbler. The scrobbler is a lightweight program which sends information to the last.fm website anytime you play a song on your computer/ipod/iphone/android phone and records that song to your profile on their site. The act of scrobbling is sending the song you're playing to last.fm. Basically, it lets you build a library on their site of what songs you play to show your musical taste, make friends with similar tastes, etc. A social music site. But your music player has to support scrobbling for it to work. Or really, last.fm has to support the music player.
Sounds like a symptom for a social networking addiction.
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Well if you had your information right it would be sad. What IS sad is that you are wrong. It WAS released as a private beta, THEN it was released in the market, with no mention of it being a trial or demo. Then they sneak in an update that shuts the app down. It most certainly was sleezy!
When I installed the beta/trail from the market it said it would expire in two weeks at the end of the install. If you weren't looking you could easily miss it as it was just one of those little balloon type messages. BTW does anyone else hate those stupid balloon messages that never stay on screen long enough to read?
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Hello all, First let me say that I did not make this post to bring heat to the thread. I installed this program about 5 days ago. It stated that the trial would last 2 weeks I think. I didn't update, my version still says trial. I don't fault the app owner for wanting to get paid for his/her work, but still its a little sneaky to push through an update that disables the program, without some sort of warning.

I know, I know... "If they said what the update would do, would you have updated?"
Just my 2 cents, take it for what its worth.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Hey ladies and gents!
I purchased this app after using the beta/trial version, and so far, I'm 50/50 on whether or not it was worth it.

Now, I'm a smartphone, android, AND SF noob, so please don't flame me if I post misinformation: I'm still learning!

My biggest complaint with this app is it's resistance to closing. Yes, I use the back button to close programs. This rarely shuts PowerAmp down. I'm sure most on here say this is a BIG "no-no," but when the back button fails to shut it down, I resort to the SF's built it Task Manager/Task Killer. Opinions vary, but it seems to me that this method saves my battery. Unfortunately, PowerAmp is a PERSISTENT little app! It'll re-open within seconds and continue to play! It's the Energizer Bunny of apps, "It keeps going and going and going..."

So.. I wrote the developer to ask for some sort of "close" button on the app. Here is his response, which will likely please those who believe that Task Killers are bad but frustrate users like me, who simply want their phone to do what I say, when I say it:

Hello Landon,

thanks for the report.

PowerAMP service doesn't do any job if it's paused. No background scan or anything. Scan takes few seconds when new card is mounted.
Android os doesn't support process finishing on app will - it does manage processes by itself.
PowerAMP strictly follows Android OS API specs.

PowerAMP service asks android to stop itself after 15 seconds of idle. It's the Android OS privilege to stop process then, it does it only
if there is no memory for other apps. Keeping paused PowerAMP in memory (as well as other good written apps) won't discharge a bit from battery or
take a cycle from CPU. Killing PowerAMP or other database dependent applications can result in database corruption, because Android OS database
implementation is not designed for such killing. Android os restarts service if it thinks it's crashed - task killers can stop other processed only by crashing them.

I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me on any questions.
Thanks!

Best regards,
Max.

Anyhow... I have a hard time recommending this app (paid version) until an update makes it easier to close, but everything else about it is GREAT! Good album art inclusion AND album art finder, GREAT ID3-tag editor, OUTSTANDING eq and appearance.
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Old November 13th, 2010, 08:26 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Sounds like a symptom for a social networking addiction.
You could say that, though I'm rarely on there anymore. The only thing I occasionally use is FB to stay in touch with people.

Anyone have any comparisons of the trial and paid versions, wondering if the lagging I was experiencing was just me or just the trial?
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