Albums - album focused player by Adam Linder (Universal)
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Released: Sep 30, 2019
Version: 2.3
Size: 46 MB
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Albums - album focused player

Adam Linder
Algorithm-driven playlists of songs are fine for many people, but Albums is the app for those of us with meticulously curated collections. Albums integrates with your local music and Apple Music library, allowing you to engage with your music deeper than ever before, in an interface focused on the full album.

Key features include:

The My Library browser displays albums by collection type: Artist, Decade, Duration, Genre, Playlist, and Year. If you know what you want to listen to, tap into a collection and select the album. Long press on any album to pull up its release date, record label, and production credits. Not sure what you want to listen to? Keep reading…

Remember the days of listening to a full album, then another random full album on your iPod? There’s a big honkin’ button on the main screen to shuffle all albums in your library. Ever wanted to listen to random albums from 2001? How about random albums from your “Best of the year” playlist? With the "Music Nerd" In-App Purchase, Albums can shuffle albums from any collection in the Library browser.

Explore your library like you're flipping through your vinyl or CD collection by scrolling through album art on the landing screen. When you find an album you want to listen to, just tap to put it on, then enjoy the edge-to-edge artwork on the Now Playing screen*. Want to see every last detail? Pinch to zoom into the Now Playing artwork.

Albums pulls in any available credits from MusicBrainz and Discogs. Along with the release date and record label, Albums can tell you who produced your favorite album, and even where it was recorded.

With the "Last.FM" In-App Purchase, link your Last.FM account to submit scrobbles as you listen. If you'd rather approve them before submitting, you can do that too. Listened to something on vinyl and want to make sure it gets scrobbled? Long press any album to scrobble it manually.

Whether you’re on hour four of a long drive or just hanging out on the couch, let Siri do the work for you. Siri can start/resume playback and skip ahead an album. If you want a little more information about what you’re listening to, you can ask Siri conversationally to get you the release date or record label. Siri can also get you that information for albums you request. If you often shuffle albums from a particular collection, Siri will suggest those actions and allow you to create shortcuts for them.

Albums has full support for VoiceOver and Dynamic Type throughout the app.

Enable dark mode to let your album artwork really pop against the true black background.

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably a music nerd. Albums has customizable settings, allowing you to include only local items, only complete albums, or a combination!

*Edge-to-edge artwork not available on iPhone SE.

What's new in version 2.3
- Two new Collection Types in My Library! With the new Composer type, you can now shuffle all the full Beethoven symphonies your heart desires! The new Album collection type lets you browse… your…. albums. Relatedly, you can now hide collection types you don’t want to see by tapping “Edit” in My Library
- Albums you listened to recently but didn’t finish are now resumable! Selecting one from the Shuffleboard, your Library, or Search will prompt you whether you’d like to start it over or resume your place. Resuming is only available to owners of the Music Nerd In-App Purchase.
- Better handling for compilations, including sorting them under Various Artists and displaying the artist for each individual track when viewing their tracklists
- The Shuffleboard now respects the "Full Albums Only" setting. Scrolling performance should also be improved.
- If the song you're listening to has lyrics in its metadata (not pulling from Apple Music, but actually embedded into the file), the Now Playing "More" menu now has an option to display those lyrics. This option only shows up if the lyrics are present.
- In the event you are one of the vanishingly small percentage of people who uses this app on an iPad with an external keyboard, this update adds a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to the Shuffleboard and Now Playing screens. Hold the command key to display the options.

- Lots of backend improvements to the “Shuffle Collection” (previously "Shuffle By") Siri Shortcut. Unfortunately, these changes mean you will need to reconfigure any Shuffle Collection shortcuts you have set up in the past.
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Our verdict: Ok
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