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There's no shortage of media players in the Android Market, so creating one that stands out from the rest of the pack can be somewhat of a task. Enter a new music player called N7 Music Player, an app that brings a unique way to browse through your tunes. Have a look:

As you can see, the interface is definitely an interesting take on browsing your music collection. If scrolling through the poly-sized fonts isn't necessarily your thing, a quick pinch of the screen will display all album covers in alphabetical order (by artist). Tapping on the album gives a rather nice flip-out style animation that displays all available tracks from the selected album, again, in alphabetical order. Yes, you read that correctly, alphabetical order. So, unlike every other music player on the planet, it doesn't show tracks in the order which they appear on the album. This is definitely a huge annoyance for many people (myself included), but keep an open mind here, people - the app is still beta, after all.

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It isn't clear whether or not the app actually reads the tags of music, as it has an odd way of grouping, well... everything. It sometimes shows two of the same album cover (and splits the tracks up) for albums in which other players keep grouped together. Again, a minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless.

If you just can't stand the quirky default interface, don't fret - there's still hope! The bottom leftmost icon (with the music note) takes you a much more traditional style music player. In fact, it looks very similar to Winamp, another popular music player.

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The app has a few other features that we all love to have, like an equalizer and lockscreen music controls, both of which seems to function as they should.

Despite its shortcomings, this app is definitely one to keep an eye on since its still in open beta for the time being. Given the beta state, the app is free in the Android Market, but only for a limited time. When the full version is released, the current version will expire and users will have to buy the pro version in order to continue using the app.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jason

    "No, you're not crazy. There's no sound."

    Um, there's sound.

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

      There's music when he plays it, but no voiceover or background music. So yeah, there's sound.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Interesting. I had to turn the volume up much louder than I normal to hear. The sound is incredibly low on my end.

  • hyperbolic

    I never felt the need for a new music player, the stock by Samsung was good enough.
    But after I saw this player I was blown away ! :)

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

      The UI is really interesting, I love the tag cloud approach that turns into coverflow. The ICS UI guidelines were also followed when you swipe between tabs, so that's a plus.

      But right now I can't replace PowerAMP with this, it's still too young and beta. However, I think it has a bright future.

  • Joey Golden

    I actully love this app...

  • Eric

    I like the layout it is very different. the problem is I never keep music on my phone anymore seeing that I use Google Music so I just stream it. If they could add something to do that (which could be a long shot) I'd change over very nice though.

  • Lazarus Dark

    Dude. Is that your music? That's like 90% of my collection (though I can't fathom how Lady Gaga and lmfao fit in that music collection)
    Extra, extra kudos for featuring BTA, on of my top three bands

  • MicroNix

    I'm not really sure, but I think he likes Pearl Jam.

  • http://androidpolice.com Brian O’Toole

    Necrotizing Fasciitis eh, gotta love that flesh-eating music.

  • Edward Germanotta

    I love the interface but cant read art cover

  • Xander A.

    Looks like a good, solid player.. especially loving the multi-touch function!

  • Calvin

    Nice player, but I still love UberMusic player

  • RazorHail

    damn, I thought this was mass effect related lol

  • Zen

    Someone does listen to the same bands as i do :)

  • JeffDenver

    Does not recognize embedded album art. Fail.

    Nice idea though.

  • Preey

    The old version 1.0 is good, but according to Google Play, the new version 2.0 is not compatible with my Nexus 4 and 7. (KK 4.4.2) plus, surprisingly, the old version is not free. I don't mind paying for the latest player, but seems I'm forced into buying the old one?