You know how some things as you are browsing, catch your eye, well this app did that. Things that catch your eye, sometimes turn out to be a mirage. We’re about to find out if Smart Music is real or a mirage.
Smart Music – main screen
Smart Music is an app to play music based on your mood. I think that is a great idea. As you can see music is separated on the main screen by what category it falls into. I’m not sure who decided which category each belongs in, but ok I can live with the choices. The music seems to be primarily recent pop in the limited songs that are available. I’m don’t object personally (except for any rap) but it gives an indication that this is only the beginning (hopefully) of this app and there is more to come in the future. The app does provide semantic view for quickly jumping to a mood.
Smart Music – choose your mood
So if you have more specific needs than only Happy, Sad or Crazy, you can choose your mood. I did a test. I chose Happy, Sunny and Morning and “Owl Eyes” was the first choice with 12 songs. Next I chose Happy, Sunny, Evening and “Owl Eyes” appeared in the list in 4th position, but when I re-ran it with same choices it was 3rd! It seems the choices are more or less random based on the first choice.
Smart Music – mood results
Above is the results of just clicking on the InLove choice from the main screen. If you use the “chooser” then you will get some different albums in perhaps a different order. When I clicked InLove for this screenshot, Celine Dion was first, a perfectly understandable choice for many (unless you can’t stand her music then it isn’t a choice you’d make). However now I do it and Leona Lewis is first. Clearly no science involved here. How is it to play music, that is what you really want to know.
Smart Music – play screen
You have the choice to only play albums. There are no playlists. Some albums choices may not have the full album. In fact one choice I looked at for Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway was empty and another of hers was just one song. While I might like an album, if you want mood music, most often you prefer to listen to random songs of that mood. I think right there you have a severe knock against the app.
The controls are ok, where you have play/pause, a progress bar and volume controls. It also provides forward and back for going through the song list, but to me they look like fast forward and rewind buttons (because of the double arrow). The control buttons are too tiny at least compared to most Windows 8 apps. You can also access a song list by clicking on that text button under the song info. It brings up a list with just titles, no other information. The only way to return to the single song view was to choose a song. What if I just wanted to see the songs, not start my song over? Too bad.
Search – there is no search possible. Share - this is where it gets into dangerous territory. First it has a Facebook and Mail icon on the song playing screen but either one does the same thing (they are also too small). You can share to more than just those two things which makes it even clearer there should be either one icon or preferably NO icon. The dangerous thing is you can use Share to get the location of the music to download it. Simply copy the link that appears into a browser and get that song, free. I’m not trying to promote theft, but should be fixed immediately. Settings – no settings exist.
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I really wanted to like this app and judging by reviews so far, others really like it. They might be liking it so much because of the ability to get free music. The app concept is nice, but the execution leaves something to be desired. It crashed on me several times while trying to use it (in the background it occurred). It will not continue to play music in the background. The music selection is poor and you cannot create playlists or randomize the song choices. A nice add-on would be some way to incorporate your own music to tag it for inclusion. It is the first version, so that should indicate improvements to come. As for now, the app turned out to be a mirage.
Category: Music & Video > Music
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