Talk about simple. TuneControl for iPhone, designed for music fans who find themselves behind the wheel of a (possibly large) automobile, displays track information in a large, easy-to-read text format.
This design aesthetic shares more with a retro film slate than your typical music player. (Film slates are those black and white clapperboards most associated with the words “marker” and “action.”)
“Simple and straightforward” sometimes translates to elegant; we love the practical layout of this player, which lays out lots of helpful options so that they’re accessible with a glance.
TuneControl hides a little car-shaped icon towards the bottom right of the screen, which could probably stand to be a little bigger. Selecting this option enables the gesture controlled Travel Mode and further simplifies the UI, setting artist and song title info as scrolling marquees while leaving the better half of the screen blank for the aforementioned gesture controls (this area can also display album art.)
The gestures are a bit different in this app compared to the others we’ve seen, which could be more or less intuitive depending on what you expect. Swiping to the left brings up the next track, while a swipe to the right takes you to the previous one. While this is how things work in the real world (we drag things that we want towards us), it’s the opposite of how most other swipe controls operate.
Despite its straight-forward user interface, TuneControl offers tasteful customization options. Users can assign any image as semitransparent wallpaper and change color options and border effects, though if the goal is readability for car operation, we recommend the default black-on-white look.
The only annoying glitch that we found with this app came with multitasking. While returning to the home screen will keep music playing in the background, reopening the app causes a momentary pause before playback resumes (an issue we didn’t come across in other multitasking enabled players we tested.) If its developer fixes this quirk, TuneControl’s retro layout and elegant controls will do no wrong.
TuneControl provides you the most stylish, secure & fun audio listening experience especially while driving your car.
✪ Georgeous looking Retrostyle User Interface
✪ Cool & Complete DJ Device in your Pocket
✪ Gesture UI in Travel-Mode for usage in your Car
✪ Remote Control the app via Car Connection Kits
✪ Use Secure Gestures if you don‘t have a Car Connection Kit
✪ See Song Title, Artist in a Ticker and Cover Art
✪ Easy Touch interface with large Buttons & Knobs
✪ Select any Song, Playlist or Album from your iPod library
✪ Create, Save & Arrange your favorites in a TOPLIST
✪ Configure UI for your needs with a set of Options
✪ Detailed Tutorial/Help to become an Expert on-the-go
✪ PRO: Landscapemode in Travel-Mode
✪ PRO: adjustable screen brightness in Travel-Mode
✪ PRO: Fancy animations and color effects
✪ PRO: Colorization lock of background
✪ PRO: Cover Art Effects
✪ PRO: Wallpaper as bckground
✪ PRO: Intelligent Song Information
✪ 100% iOS5 compatible (also backwards compatible)
ATTENTION: The app is totally free. But to get the maximum fun you can easily upgrade to an unlimited PRO version using the built in shop. This unlocks all features marked with "PRO".
Did you ever experience difficulties using small buttons? Did you ever have the need to get to know the song title playing in the car? Did you ever want a nice design which makes fun to use? Did you ever want an app which makes it a lot easier for you to play your music? Then try TuneControl.
Next version of TuneControl will get a lot of new add-on's to upgrade your app with even more options, e.g. custom colors. Watch out!
Thanks for all this great feedback. I'm thrilled to improve the app and to bring you more useful extensions. Enjoying music while driving your car will be my 1st priority. Following things are on my to-do-list for the next update:
✪ Ease the way to delete/reset the TOPLIST completely
✪ Some really cool ideas which I am working on right now
Thanks again for all your kind words and good ideas. I love to see reviews what you really like about the app. Please keep me updated on your wishes, what do you want to see next in TuneControl? Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org