July 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

TuTuneMe iPhone Music Player Offers Excellent Controls for the Car

tutunemeTuTuneMe is one of the more expensive music player apps for the car we’ve seen on our long quest to find the best ones — but in this case, you get what you pay for, thanks to a full suite of easy to use gesture controls, access to all your playlists and podcasts through a big-buttoned menu (to the right), and other goodies.

This is probably the most advanced car music app we tested, but it begins very simply. To make music play in PureBlend’s TuTuneMe ($3), all you have to do is start the app, ideally at a stoplight, and tunes start playing automatically. At that point, the usual gesture controls kick in : swipe left and right to skip, up and down for volume and shake for shuffle.

However, TuTuneMe features the most customizable set of gesture interfaces we’ve seen. You can tap twice to view battery life, “long tap” to send your currently-playing song to Facebook or Twitter, “long double tap” to skip to the next playlist, and far too many other configurations to list here. Suffice it to say that if it can be done without looking at a screen, TuTuneMe does it.

We only found one bone to pick with TuTuneMe: If you don’t have any playlists on your iPhone, trying to skip to the next one crashes the app. But that’s of minor concern next to the problems we saw with other car music players.

Customizable themes, playback in either orientation (with the ability to lock the interface either way, which is really helpful if the phone is sitting next to you on the passenger seat), day/night mode, downloadable themes (especially if you don’t like the default purple color scheme), and easy access to all your playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, and the other factors listed above make this app a real winner.

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