PowerAMP, my music player of choice, has just been updated with a number of new features and fixes, the most exciting of which to me are the addition of reconfigurable widgets and widget management. You can now tap the top right corner of a PowerAMP widget to go to a new management UI where you can customize and completely change it without the need to remove and recreate it from scratch. Neat, I've been waiting for it.

The other changes are less exciting - here's the full changelog of v2.0.9-build-528:

What's in this version:

- each widget type now have selectable predefined styles and can be further customized/saved/exported/imported/shared
- widgets can be re-configured by pressing top-right corner (2.2+)
- 4x4 and 2x2 are now resizable on phones, all widgets - on tablets (3.1+)
- Disable Route Output Button option
- Album Art/Use 24-bit RGB option
- Look and Feel/General/Notification Album Art option for old Androids
- Arabic (BLueBLaze, mohjif)/Vietnamese (alienyd, robot_boy_tn, thanhtai2009)
- few issues fixed

Grab the update in the Play Store and switch up your widget style for a change. I just did.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • http://profiles.google.com/tdrussell1 Trent Russell

    I love poweramp, but i NEED google music. Still can't have my cake and eat it too :(

    • ProductFRED
      • S_Dot

        You beat me to it. Why don't more people know about this?

        • ProductFRED

          XDA "homebrewed" apps don't get as much exposure as Play Store-hosted apps.

      • kay

        I've used GMusicFS and it is extremely flakey. Especially with caching. It's still in beta so it's expected, but I don't think people should be advertising it as a one-stop-shop solution for this issue.

    • http://twitter.com/tmadd8 Tyler Maddocks

      Sorry, but it's I "can't eat my cake and have it too." Spreading knowledge every day! Also, you can have both, if you are rooted. GMusicFS will allow you to play Google music tracks through Poweramp just like any other song and it actually implements it well. Hope I helped!

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    :D i love the new update, now i can have a epic minimal home screen without having a shitty music widget on it :D now i don't need to worry

  • Simerre

    Waiting for Poweramp 3 and the definitive holoification of the app. Music player bliss then.

    • HellG


      • AndroidFan

        This is the first time I say this, and hopefully last. FACK OFF RETARD!

        • HellG

          How dare you insult the holy phrase?
          This guy needs some holy #3b5e5 to heal!
          May our lord and saviour duarte matias throw your soul into the deep hell of gingerbread and iOS!

    • Davy Jones

      Acc to the creator: "We probably will skip 3.0 big update and instead implement all 3.0 and beyond features in incremental updates."

      Although an updated UI should be coming soon: "There is a new "default" theme pending, not just theme, but a new UI for
      tablets. For the phones it's also reworked (flat style, new side menu
      etc.). This will be added in one of the intermediate builds (earlier on
      this forum)."

  • wurst

    Poweramp is good; but for people who actually want to listen to music (and not primarily have shiny widgets etc.) GoneMad is an even better choice. I don't understand why GoneMad is still so criminally underrated - it should be much better known, instead no one is writing about it. The developer is really hard-working and is spewing out substantial updates at a really awesome rate. The app is highly configurable, very stable, looks good, supports a shitload of formats and works wonderfully with large libraries (something Poweramp is not so great at). Please end the fairytale that Poweramp is "the" music player, thanks.

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

      I paid for both and I didn't see anything obvious in GoneMad that would make me switch.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Mii123me Alex James Simon

        Try Neutron Music Player, its very underrated, and the UI isn't great but the sound is the best on Android, better then PowerAmp.

      • wurst

        But can you name a reason why Poweramp should be preferrable to GoneMad? (Except visual gimmicks please.)

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

          I started using PowerAMP first, way before GoneMAD, and got used to it. It has a great, talented dev, and GoneMAD or any other player (I don't use Google Music, I just have a 64GB SD card and nightly autosync using FolderSync) just hasn't tempted me with any features to switch to anything else.

          • PA_user

            The "talented dev" you speak of is good for folks that stay on generally stock roms.
            But if you report bugs that he says "I've never experienced" then he is quick to blame it on the ROM.
            Which understandably, he might not have been able to know of, but he will practically ignore your requests to find a fix from that point on.
            Things move super slow in the development to be honest.
            He has been working on v3 for a long time and he himself said it would have been out before the end of 2012.
            He also promised a better tablet UI but he has probably given up on that.
            These new widgets are a good addition but if you try to enlarge them on a grid bigger then the default size, they look terrible.
            They don't resize right from edge to edge. The content stays in the center leaving large empty space.
            I would go and suggest it over on his forum, but he might blame my ROM.
            ParanoidAndroid doesn't need that stress!

        • squiddy20

          "should be"? Last I checked, it was a matter of personal preference. You like GoneMad more than PowerAmp? Great. We like PowerAmp more than GoneMad. Got a problem with that?

    • squiddy20

      Please show me where, in any part of the article, that the author even implied that PowerAmp is/was "the" music player.

  • attila_hargitai

    This is nice but yeah, a total UI refresh would be much more exciting! And they seriously need to improve the tag editing feature, it's so basic, I hate it. That's the only reason PlayerPro is still on my phone.

  • Bradley Larcher

    Love the update. The widgets configurations are more than welcomed. Thank you Poweramp

  • kid canada

    If you are a fan of minimalism/the holo theme and perfect album/artist art you MUST use Nexmusic by Loco Main, did I mention there are constant updates and its free?

  • http://twitter.com/godfreap Aaron

    I just wish these other music apps could tap into Google Play. I loved PowerAmp, but nothing beats being able to stream from Play.

    • itai_marom

      cant beat that i wish google would open an API or something D:
      or atleast make the app better

    • Freak4Dell

      Have you tried GMusicFS? I haven't gotten a chance to try it yet, but it may just give you what you're looking for.

  • bse88

    Widgets buttons should be bigger.

  • Ralph1001

    I absolutely LOVE how Power Amp streams bluetooth to my car stereo. It actually makes the Bose system sound good!

  • http://twitter.com/jokesyn8 Jokesy

    Great update by powerAmp.

    .....Your homescreen is fugly. Chai!

  • BaconEater

    Nice..love Digitally Imported Radio app

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

      Same, premium subscriber here.

  • simoleon

    years ago PowerAmp was the king of music player in android.
    but now I prefer PlayerPro, the equalizer sounds better to me (to my ears, at least). but people may be different.
    currently I only use PowerAmp to play FLAC audio, because none of other player seems to support that format on my phone (probably software codec).