Jun 10, 2013
MixZing comes in trying to be an All-Star. It mostly succeeds.
The design decisions make for a very pleasant opening salvo. The interface is smooth, with the opening screen looking pretty snazzy with its stock red theme and dark highlights. There is also a rolling pane of recently played media files for quick access.
The main navigation screen gives boxes for Music, Videos, Folders and Internet Radio. Tapping the music button leads to the listing of individual songs, with headings for listings of by artist, album, songs, and genres. There is a also tabs for playlists as well. The music player has all the options one would expect from a premium player: big, visual buttons, play all and shuffle functionality. In addition to that, it has a sleep timer, file scanner, per song equalizer and a pretty nifty song identifier.
The music identifier works to search an online database to pull up information like tags and album art. The ability to attach art to individual music files is quite a welcome feature. In a lot of cases, its possible to select from different ones, too. Each song, if properly identified, yields tons of track data if he info button is tapped: lyrics, artist bio, Google, Wikipedia and Youtube links included. I did find one or two lyrics imaginative, but overall, the database it pulls it from seems accurate.
The scanner is great too; a big test, for me at least, is the ability to pull in music files from different parts of the phone. This app does this relatively well, and allows me to not include songs from, say, my ringtone folder or game sounds.
The online radio is a relatively new feature, but it’s pretty fun. There are several choices to choice from, with track info included, just like for the on-board music.
One of the cooler features is the lockscreen widget. When toggled, it allows music playback to be controlled without unlocking the device; advanced features include waking the phone when tracks are changing and only having the widget available when the app is active.
Even before you toss in the mood player functionality or the Song Recommender, MixZing comes across as being an all-round media player capable of handing hefty tasks. With free and pro versions, it’s easy to find a reason to get addicted to it.