PowerAMP, hands down the best music player in the Android Market, was updated today to include a couple of long-sought features, most notably true gapless playback and crossfading between tracks. Gapless playback is pure joy for people who listen to a lot of mixtapes broken down into individual songs, and crossfading is the icing on the cake, preferred by many music lovers.

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Other notable additions include .cue file support, a silence remover, backing up and restoring settings into the cloud (finally someone's implementing this functionality available ever since Froyo!), and a host of bug fixes. Full changelog along with the app widget and download links awaits you below.

  1. build 369 - album art selection hot fix
  2. crossfade
  3. fade in/out for play/pause/stop/seek/track change
  4. true gapless for mp3
  5. silence remover
  6. .cue file support
  7. repeat queue
  8. Genre/Albums list
  9. queue start/return options
  10. settings backup/auto-restore to/from cloud (Android 2.2+)
  11. equalizer presets mass assignment/unassignment
  12. option to restore built-in Equ presets
  13. option to show filenames instead of title tags
  14. playlists re-sorting
  15. new help
  16. native wavpack decoder
  17. bug fixes

If you haven't read our interview with the creator of PowerAMP yet, you owe it to yourself to read it by following this link - the guy is a genius. Great work as always, Max!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • thegreattaurus

    does power amp have a gesture lockscreen control

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I don't know what you mean by gesture, but it has a bunch of lockscreen controls, yes.

      • erKURITA

        The 9-dotted screen lock. I don't think it does, because it basically takes up the whole screen and removing dots reduces drastically the security strength of the gesture.

        • Saauron

          Wait, are you under the impression that the lockscreen widget for poweramp covers up the lock screen (in a way that reduces the number of dots in the screen lock)? Because the lockscreen widget is a full screen one, with a button "To Lock Screen" on the bottom. Security is in no way compromised.

  • Tee

    Is there a good player with an equalizer? Free, I might add...

    • http://mac.com mac

      support devs and buy the app.. power amps is worth every penny

  • asdase23e

    the best music player out there, worth every cent!

  • Breakthru

    I'm afraid true gapless doesn't work, which is a deal breaker for me. There's a less than a second long pause between songs that are interconnected.

    This is what Winamp player or others that claim to be gapless have been offering for a long time now. Calling it "true gapless" when it's same as the competition is misleading...

    • http://wwww.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

      Check how your files were ripped and encoded.
      I've just checked this -- and I'm incredibly picky about gapless and won't settle for "nearly gapless" -- and it seems to work perfectly so far.

      I've checked it on:

      * Tool - Lateralus - Parobol -> Parobola

      * The Beatles - Abbey Road - Medley of tracks near the end.

      * Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile - 1st two tracks.

      Even with headphones, I cannot tell where one track ends and the next begins. There is no gap, overlap, click or volume fluctuation. This is the real deal.

      MP3s all encoded with dbPowerAmp DMC (unrelated to the Android PowerAmp AFAIK) from CD rips I did myself.

      Fantastic news. Instance purchase. Really glad someone finally got gapless working on Android.

      • cowgaR

        haven't had time to try it, but does it finally work with .FLAC?

        who's listening to mp3 these days anyway? (am I suppose to convert my gigantic collection prior to putting it to SD card or what?)

        • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

          Until someone comes out with a 160GB SD card/format or an Android phone with a HDD, I think I'll be sticking to lossy compression. :)

          (I've got everything in lossless on my PC and iPod Classic, though. Not because I can tell the difference but because, well, why not? And it means I can batch-convert to whatever format/bitrate I might need to at times like this without having to go back to the original CDs.)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's possible that your phone (for example, its filesystem) is too slow and is creating problems, slowing down PowerAMP while reading the next track. I would guess that you're using something relatively old and probably Samsung. What is your phone model?

      • Simon Belmont

        Haha. "Probably Samsung."

        That made my day, Artem. Nice one.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Heh, well, I didn't say it just because - Samsung is known to use one of the slowest file systems on their phones, which prompted the need for "lagfixes."