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Apollo

If you've spent any time using CyanogenMod 9 or CyanogenMod 10, you may have come across the built-in music player called Apollo. Rather than keeping it tied into CyanogenMod though, Apollo is now available for download in the Google Play Store in both free and paid versions. The player itself is quite visually appealing but its feature set is what throws it over the top.

Features:

  • Pin album, artist, genre, and playlist shortcuts to your Home screen
  • Customizable themes and layouts
  • Lyric support
  • Mark songs as favorites
  • Notification playback controls (Honeycomb+)
  • Text and voice search
  • Swipe between screens
  • Automatic album and artist image fetching
  • Headset controls
  • Set songs as ringtones
  • Lockscreen widgets (Jellybean 4.2+)
  • Share currently playing music on Twitter, Facebook, and others
  • 4 widgets
  • Gapless playback
  • Plays most music formats (MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc.)
  • Drag & drop playlists and queue
  • Lockscreen controls (Ice Cream Sandwich+)
  • Local music management (edit, delete, etc.)

That feature list alone is a compelling enough reason to go ahead and give it a go however, there is more features on the way as well including tablet support, Last.FM scrobbling, Google Dream support and customizable widgets. The free version is ad-supported, so if you want a version without ads, you'll have to look towards Apollo+ which is reasonably priced at only $.99.

 
There are 23 comments

shelbz says:

No Google Music support = no go for me. I would love to use Apollo otherwise.

Spork1673 says:

to my understanding its not even possible

Bla1ze says:

Ya, pretty sure Google isn't letting any app tap into Music. No open API, no access.

bjn714 says:

I hope it isn't true, but I fear that due to the licensing agreements, we never will, either.

wezra says:

doubleTwist absolutely brings over all your Google Play music. They just did a major update that allows it to happen. I have 5 CDs on Google Play that I purchased from the market and doubleTwist brought all 5 over. That is why I have use doubleTwist... it's the only app that does it.

bagarwa says:

Not entirely true. As far as I know, Double Twist can tap into only those songs from Play Music, which you have marked 'make available offline'.

Johnson21x says:

CM does it again. Those guys/girls are awesome.

mdye says:

I don't understand why nobody seems to think Google music is important. This article ignores it, and lots of manufacturers push the use of their own proprietary solutions. So it seems the part of the Android fragmentation issue is the rampant redundancies of all the apps that aren't necessary.

ps4rh says:

Google Music doesn't do a lot of things that third-party apps do, and the actual cloud-based music store/player isn't available outside the US, so it's kind of why-bother.

McSqueeb says:

Just wanted to say that it is available outside the US as of this month. And was always "available" to access outside the US, you just couldn't create an account or purchase music outside US currency.

Mr Hat Thing says:

I think there's an element of truth in what you say... however, Android's whole point as I understand it (and I am the lay-est of laymen, so please accept my humble opinion) is customisability. And fragmentation comes with the territory.

Honestly I don't think fragmentation is such a bad thing, as long as people remember the differences between "pure" Android, "skinned", and mods. That way everyone is happy, and we can leave people to their preferences (mine personally is pure Android). I think if anyone wants something that has no fragmentation they should go for iOS (I recommend it for people like my dad who don't know how to use any form of technology post-Cold War) or even WP.

Let the customisers customise. It's open source.

John-Smith says:

Google music would be more important if they updated it and fixed the syncing issues, made playlists easier to make (be able to import M3U files) or have an auto playlist option.

JeeKTan says:

LOL You can get the ad-free version when you install Cyanogenmod and it doesn't install over the pre-installed app on Cyanogenmod. Still, I prefer Google music since it displays the cover art properly while Apollo displays the album art pixelated.

Smalls says:

You can add your own if you want to.

Mr Hat Thing says:

Apollo is a little underwhelming and redundant... this article initially excited me... but when I tested it out it kept crashing and when it was working I was unimpressed. But I still love the fact that we can get heads-ups from AC about apps like this :)

ps4rh says:

Does it properly support Album Artist? I have to give Apple this: iTunes and the iPod get this exactly right, and everyone else seems to get it either subtly wrong (like Google Play Music), weirdly wrong (PlayerPro) or grossly whacked (Zune)

Mobius360 says:

Pretty happy with doubletwist but if podcasts ever get added I may give it a go. I use Google Music now over Amazon when streaming, really though when I stream it's usually via SiriusXM.

No band EQ equals a no go for me. I'm a bit of a basshead oriented audiophile and the band EQ option is something I can't live without now that I have it. I've been using poweramp for about a year now and it has been working wonderfully and it has almost all of those features plus a 10 band equalizer =)

ScottJ says:

Umm..I may be misunderstanding you but Apollo does have an EQ. It's only 6-band, but it's there.

Arizone says:

What the hell is Google Dream support?

XavierMatt says:

This. I keep hearing about it.

Doan says:

Daydream is a feature of 4.2. It's basically a screensaver that is activated while your phone is being charged.

JEvoUser says:

Google dream is like exhibition on webOS. You can set your phone to do certain task when docked or plugged in like displaying photo albums, digital clock, and some cool rainbow screen. So if I had to guess it can choose playlist/songs or something to do when in daydream mode. I'm just guessing though. Oh yeah daydream is a feature built in to 4.2