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MortPlayer: For those with eclectic tastes and poor organizational skills

4 years ago 15

You know what I hate? When my music player is smarter than I am. Sometimes I don’t want my phone to flip cover art, anticipate my musical moods, or group my podcasts by (often incorrect) tags. Sometimes I just want it to play music.

If your music collection is very organized, tagged correctly and completely, and generally consists of well-known artists, there are better music players out there for you. For those of us with more eclectic tastes, and poor organizational skills, there exists MortPlayer. MortPlayer is a free music player that organizes and plays music based on the folder location, not the metadata tags. This can be a godsend for anyone who listens to random podcasts or that mp3 your friend sent you from that great new band his neighbor’s kid is in.

MortPlayer comes in two flavors, and each is a separate download. There is a MortPlayer for music and a MortPlayer for audio books. Both exhibit a basic, no frills layout with all the normal controls one would expect from any music player. MortPlayer for music includes some pretty generic options for shuffling and repeating various files.

MortPlayer for audio books, however, offers some unique features. It auto-saves and auto-restores your position for each individual track, as well as allowing for manual bookmarks in each track, both of which make listening to audio books or long podcasts much easier. This means that it’s possible to stop in the middle of a podcast, listen to a little music, then pick up right where you left off. MortPlayer also offers a set of widgets in still another download that give you basic music controls right on the android desktop.

Pros

  • Offers an enjoyable audio book or podcast experience
  • Greatly simplified from Windows Mobile versions
  • The price is right

Cons

  • Music player is boring and offers few unique benefits
  • Why do I have to download 3 different apps to get all features???

Special Notes: MortPlayer is still in beta, so expect the occasional bug.

Final Verdict

If you listen to a ton of audio books and long podcasts, or if your metadata tags are in disarray, definitely give MortPlayer a try. Otherwise, there are better options out there.

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Note: This review was submitted by Adam Littell as part of our app review contest.

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