MAGNETOLA is the first sensory-friendly music player that can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened". The player is stylized as a vintage compact cassette player.
The softener filter can smoothen the rough edges of individual instruments, such as the drums or electric guitars, as well as it can follow the overall dynamic of the song and suppress sudden "big" attacks (think the beginning of Pink Floyd's The Wall).
The player also features sliders for adjusting highs and lows (that's shelving filters in technical language). You can either boost or cut off high and low frequencies to your liking; we call these parameters "silk" and "wool" respectively.
Of course you can listen to your music in its original, unaltered form. When the app is started for the first time, all sliders are in their neutral positions that don't affect the audio in any way. You can always double tap on any slider to snap it to its default position.
Magnetola plays songs from your music library. Tap on the top part of the cassette to choose an album or a song to play. The playing, rewinding and skipping buttons are at the bottom, but you can also tap on the bottom half of the cassette to play and pause music. When sent to the background, the player continues playing music with minimal battery power consumption. Tap on the tape window to see the current song position or change it by moving the slider.
Tap on the VU meter screen (the thingie with a needle) to select Bluetooth/AirPlay speakers or headphones to stream music to.
Have fun with the Fast Forward/Rewind functions that work almost exactly like on the old good cassette players. Pressing both buttons simultaneously does something, too.
Currently available for the iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 or later, as well as for the Mac OS X 10.10 or later.
Thanks for considering Magnetola, and enjoy the music!
- Song position tracker with a slider added: click on the tape window to see the tracker
- Library load time improved
- Rewind audio improved (now plays uninterrupted)
- Stability issue fixed for iPhone 6S
Ratings and Reviews
This app is cool and works great. I love the animation! The only reason I gave 4 stars is because there is no way to go back to side A after side B ends unless you rewind back to the first song in the album. Please make it continuous play for the current album! A suggestion would be to make an album repeat option or a place on the screen that would 'flip' the tape. Thanks!
Love it, works great. Would be cool if the color of the label on the cassette was random colored so they weren't all the same. Be handy if you could narrow down what is seen in the library. This still seems to work pretty flawlessly though!
looks great on my 6S. animation is stellar. think i'd prefer "bass" & "treble" over "silk" & "wool". and 2 friends have held the phone to their ears, (somehow) expecting to hear music from the app's speaker!
the VU meter's a great touch, & works. the whole thing is very cool.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.