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App review: Audio Master Floating!
- — 22 January, 2014 12:10
Audio Master Floating! is a pop-up, floating music player for Android. As the name suggests, it’s a player that can appear over any app you are currently using, allowing you to listen to your music, or even to record voice, without leaving your current application. This makes it ideal for users who like to multitask.
The app is very easy to use thanks to its clear interface and it can automatically detect all the music stored on your device. The floating window is black and it can be brought up by tapping on the app’s name from your device's pull down menu. It has play/pause and stop functionality, as well as an audio scrubber down below. You can skip audio tracks with the left and right arrow buttons, and also enable shuffle mode. There is a timer above the audio scrubber to show you just how much of the song you have listened to.
Adding to the clean look of the interface is the lack of any advertisements to hinder to hinder your experience — despite being a free app. For getting to your music, there are seven category folders you can access: All music, Album, Artists, Favourites, Recently added, Recently played, and Top 25 most played.
There is a pop-out function, which you can use to slim the player if need be — it’s the button next to the playing time. By extending the player you will have access to audio recording, and folders from which you can choose tracks. When searching for tracks, you can tap the top of the window, where the music name is, to go a step back.
Clicking stop if an audio track is playing in the background will allow you to search your entire music library, delete tracks and convert the tracks into MP3 files.
In the settings you have access to many audio customisations. For example, you may choose to record audio in WAV, MP3 or FLAC formats, and there are quality settings you can choose from for each format. The app also supports recording from Bluetooth headsets, and it has volume boost and audio detection features. A cool visualisation of the sounds you hear can be displayed above the player, too.
A perk of this app is that it can easily appear and disappear, which makes it ideal for swift audio selection and multitasking. The app is always accessible by swiping down on your android device to activate the notification screen, and then clicking on it in the ongoing apps section. When you want it to go away, simply click the ‘x’ button at the top-right side.
While in use, we found that the app was much less cumbersome to use than the stock music app for Android. It takes up less screen real estate, leaving you to have more freedom to use other apps, you can even toggle music or record sounds while using another app or while playing a game. The app, however, does not have the ability to rename files or create playlists, and during intense usage it also crashed a few times.
Although not perfect, we highly recommend this app for users who multitask and want a quick, simple music app alternative.
Simple, easy to use
Convenient for multitasking
Includes audio recorder
Doesn't have a function to make playlists
Can't rename files
May crash in intense usage
Requirements: Andriod 2.0 and up
Reviewed on: Samsung Galaxy Note 3