NavMusic, developed by Justin Pashley because he “found the bundled iPod application a little hard to control when driving,” provides only a little improvement over Apple’s iPod app.
Essentially, this app is just a white-on-black version of the native black-on-white iPod app, which makes helps you glance at it while driving at night without causing a temporary blind spot in your vision due to the screen brightness.
In addition, as with many of the other listening-while-driving apps we’ve seen, NavMusic ($1) or NavMusic Lite (free) from Soft Objects lets you swipe a finger across the screen in order to adjust volume and skip songs. (The difference between the two versions is that the Lite version has to scan your library each time it opens.)
However, swiping from left to right returns one to the previous song, while swiping right to left skips to the next — the opposite of what we’ve come to expect from these apps.
As such we’re hard-pressed to recommend Nav Music, unless you’re really used to the native iPod app interface, and don’t want to learn something new. In that case, Nav Music fits the bill perfectly, this odd navigation foible aside.
There is one bonus, however — NavMusic supports Apple AirPlay, so if you eventually score a car stereo that works with that wireless protocol, you’ll have another way to play your music over your car stereo (in addition to Bluetooth or a wire).
Nav Music is a music player that builds on the familiar native iPod music app, with subtle improvements to make it easier to to navigate and select your music when you're driving your car, working out at the gym, or simply listening to music at work.
The standard iPod application is great if you are holding the iPhone in your hand, but a little tricky to select a specific songs when it's docked, at arms length, on your car dashboard or clipped onto your favourite running machine. With Nav Music you can safely and accurately select what you want to hear whether the phone is standing up or on its side.
Swipe the screen to select the next or the previous track or simply tap to play or pause. There's no need to take your eyes off what you're doing to look at the screen.
From the 'Music Library' screen you can conveniently;
* Select music by Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists and Genre's,
* Select Artists, Albums & Songs by First Letter,
* Search for Artists, Albums & Songs,
* Shuffle All Songs, shuffle Artist, shuffle Album.
* Select Audio Books and Podcasts.
From the 'Now Playing' screen you can;
* Swipe left to select the next track and swipe right to select the previous,
* Tap once to pause, and tap again to play,
* Swipe up to increase the volume and down decrease it.
* Enable and disable Shuffle and Repeat.
Nav Music supports AirPlay - stream audio to Apple TV and to third-party AirPlay speakers and receivers directly from Nav Music.