March 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Couch Music Player: Party-Friendly Playlist Powerhouse for iPad

Couch Player

When we heard app veteran Clever & Son was unveiling a new creation this week, we knew we had to check it out, because WiFi2HiFi and Panamp are both worthwhile. We’re happy to report that the Swiss company’s latest effort, Couch Music Player (iPad; $2), did not disappoint. Basically, it’s Apple’s Music app on steroids. If you like to make playlists, and you listen to lots of music on your iPad, it’s probably worth your cash.

Couch Music Player, a music player for iPad, focuses on dynamic, gesture-controlled playlist building. When you open up the app, you’ll see two columns: one for your music library (local files and the ones in iCloud via iTunes Match), and one for your future playlist. Drag and drop any song from your library into the playlist column, and then repeat until you’re satisfied.

You can sort your library or search, of course. Tapping an album displays its songs in a cascading view, rather than opening a new screen. If you want to find something similar to a song you’ve already added to your playlist, drag that song from the playlist to your library, and Couch Music Player will serve up some similar music for your perusal.

panamp

Clever & Son's Panamp crams a similar approach onto a smaller screen.

The layout borrows from Panamp, but it has been remade for the iPad, to positive effect. The two-column view, designed with the iPad’s larger screen in mind, speeds the playlist creation process and makes it easier to see what you’re doing. You can build, store, and access unlimited playlists in this same space, controlling playback with the control bar at the bottom of the screen.

When you’re listening to music and not making playlists, switch views. The app displays the cover art of whatever song you’re listening to.

Clever & Son’s Tobias Gemperli emphasizes the app’s potential to act like a jukebox in social situations.

“It’s perfect for parties, events and music venues,” he said. “Different people can easily take control of a wide range of music, quickly change the mood, or even put together new playlists on-the-fly.”

Gemperli said the company used the app at their own office party. It’s always a good sign when a company eats its own dogfood.