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We featured Audio Glow when it launched in November of last year. This ultra-stylish music visualizer takes the basic visual component of classic hi-fi systems and gives it a fresh coat of paint. It's gained quite a following thanks to eye-popping visuals and a huge degree of customization. Today's version 2.0 update adds some interesting options, most notably the new "Glowing Strings" visualization, below.

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This nifty option is available as a $1 in-app purchase for the main Music Visualizer app, but the developer has kindly included a 5-minute preview that you can check out before buying. The IAP works across the primary app and the Live Wallpaper add-on.

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Other changes include new swipe controls (so you don't have to display the play/pause, forward, and back buttons on your pretty music screen), higher sampling bitrate for some devices (for better and more accurate display), and some much-needed reorganization of the settings menu. Strangely, the touch controls seem to be reversed - a swipe from left to right goes forward, while right to left goes back a track. There have also been a few tweaks to the method of displaying metadata.

Audio Glow works with most media players for display and control. The base Music Visualizer app is free and the add-on Live Wallpaper app is a very reasonable $1. 

2.0.0:

• Increased audio sample rate on some devices for more accurate motion

• Reorganized the settings into categories

• Moved "show meta data" out of the theme settings into General Settings.

• Added swipe controls. Turn them on in General Settings.

• Some minor tweaks to meta data to improve behavior.

• Enforced 32bit color (improves appearance on some devices)

• New visualization style (glowing strings) is available as an in-app purchase. It is fully customizable with its own themes.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Adie

    So elegant :O. Only if my phone was powered by a nuclear reactor, I would use it all the time.

    • Matthew Fry

      It's actually not that battery intensive, or rather, if you're listening to music and staring at the homescreen, it's not your biggest battery concern.

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  • Jays2Kings

    "a swipe to the left goes back a track, while left goes forward."

    Uh what?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Whoops.

  • Ryad El-Dajani

    I love this live wallpaper. Purchased it months ago and never regret it.

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

    I hope he reverses the swipe in the next update. It makes no sense right now.

    • http://www.cyphercove.com/ Cypher Cove

      Alright, alright, I'll change it. :) It was more intuitive to me this way, but you make some excellent points.

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

        Yay!

      • Chalupa Grande

        I think the original approach is more intuitive. Remember, we're switching tracks, not swiping visual cards.

  • someone755

    Lol, 'string visualisation is an in-app purchase'. All I can say to this: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m89kyy7gsb1qcshtk.gif

    • omegavesko

      Yeah, I'm not usually one to whine about updates not being free but this just seems like a ridiculous feature to make an in-app purchase.

      • Mark

        Stop being such as cheapskate. Why should developers work for free? The main app is totally free with no restrictions, so it's perfectly reasonable to ask $1 for additional visualisers.

        • someone755

          The thing is, I hate iaps. Give me a standalone app for 3x the the price and I'm yours. Have iaps and I'll hate you.

          • Mark

            What's wrong with IAP? They are tied to your account, you never lose them. I can't see a difference personally, except IAP are usually very small.

          • someone755

            Small. One to three dollars, usually. But MILLIONS OF THEM.
            So I rather pay $3 for an app than pay 10 times $1 with IAPs...

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