Car Player is a simple front end for the iPod app on your iPhone with large “illuminated” buttons to make it easier to switch between playlists, Play, Pause, Rewind and Skip.
The app’s shuffle option takes the shape of a rolling die, easily toggled on and off for sequential playback with a single tap.
Car Player is exactly what I look for in a driving display: no clutter, simple interface, bright but not blinding, with plenty of contrast for low light situations. Album art is a non-essential plus that spices up the look of the player without overcomplicating it.
Because this app isn’t a standalone player, and instead works as a front-end for the native iPod app, switching between iPod and Car Player won’t alter playback, which can be handy for relinquishing music control to the more-capable hands of your copilot, who can use the regular iPod app.
On the subject of looks, Car Player offers three practical display themes (accessible under main settings). Listeners can choose between “Blue Glow,” an easy-on-the-eyes theme for night driving, “Car on Fire,” in slightly brighter orange, or my personal favorite, “Pink Pink Pink” which is, well, pink.
Car Player doesn’t support gestures. Depending on your preference this can be a hit for or against the app. In my own usage (legal disclaimer: the writer always obeys state and local traffic laws), I find that large, well-spaced icons with tap control are sufficient for simplifying playback, and often get frustrated with overly ambitious gesture-based apps, but your mileage may vary.
Car Player is a front end to your iPhone's music player that is optimized for driving. It features large, high-contrast buttons that are easy to hit while keeping your eyes on the road and a stripped-down feature set that won't distract you from driving safely.
Car Player functions by attaching to whatever your iPhone device is currently playing and allowing you to control it with the pause/play, next, and previous buttons at the bottom. Any album, playlist, or any other media selection that your device is playing will continue to play. You can also control the shuffle mode.
One additional feature exists: the ability to cycle playlists. Got the perfect playlist selected for a road trip? The arrows at the top let you change from the default iPod music player's current playlist to any playlist on your device.
Car Player has several color schemes or themes to choose from. These are selectable from your device's Settings app (not from within Car Player).
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