Panamp is a music app for the iPhone from Clever & Son. It allows you to listen to your music, control playback, organise tracks and browse your music collection all via a very well considered and designed user interface.
The Panamp UI has clearly been given thought, not only are the aesthetics very pleasing but the overall experience is one that will keep the user coming back (it’s certainly kept this geek interested). Controls are very intuitive and Clever & Son have designed in some very nice gesture based controls to make playback control and queuing tracks very slick.
Panamp syncs fully with your iTunes library so you will find all of your music, podcasts and iTunes playlists available. On first opening the app there’s a similarity in layout and presentation with the native iPod app as you are presented with lists of your music. Lists of songs, albums, artists and your iTunes playlists are available via the icons at the top of the screen. However, Clever & Son have made great use of the screen real estate and each list shows a larger selection of tracks, albums and playlsits than the native app.
There are three distinct areas to the app. Search, Music Library and Dynamic Queues.
The left most icon along the top bar invokes the search feature which works exactly as you would expect.
The right most icon along the top bar takes you to the music queue, which is one of the best features of Panamp.
Music can be queued very easily on-the-fly. Navigate to the artist, album or track you want to add to the queue and simply swipe right. The artist, album or track is instantly added to the queue which can then be re-ordered simply by dragging them up or down the queue. Tap any track to begin playing it immediately and use the controls at the bottom of the screen to pause, resume, skip through the track or select the next (swipe left) or previous (swipe right) tracks.
The queue can be updated immediately by adding more tracks, re-ordering them or removing them (swipe left on a track to take it out of the queue).
Panamp is a music payer so of course artists, albums and tracks can be played directly from the appropriate list simply by tapping om them. Tracks are played in order and the same intuitive controls are invoked enabling full control of playback.
When viewing the playlist, album or artist lists, tapping a title instantly expands out the contents of that playlist, album or artist. Tapping the title again intuitively rolls the contents back up. This is another great feature that demonstrates attention to detail in the design process. There is no need to jump around different screens, moving back and forth to view contents of albums. They are simply cascaded right there on the same screen.
Panamp is kept in sync with your iTunes library at all times, including playlists and supports iCloud and AirPlay.
The Panamp site talks about interacting with your music being an effortless delight and they are absolutely right. Panamp is simple to use and offers a very intuitive user interface that makes listening to your music that much better.
Panamp is available now from the Apple App Store, priced at $2.99 /£1.79 /€2.39.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the app to review for this article