Tested version: 1.71
Latest version: 4.5.2
Requires Android: from 2.2
So you’re a fan of the “new” social media era. You also love music and like to share this love with others directly via modern means of communication (i.e. mobile phones & internet). You’re someone that’s always on the go and a fan of the latest in mobile technology. You’re into the type of technology that not only keeps tabs on your friends’ whereabouts, but also lets you know where, when, and what music is being heard and watched right now. If this description fits you, then you should definitely get your hands on TuneWiki!
Features & Use
TuneWiki is a visually slick, multi-functional, and highly personalized portable social music box with integrated television and newscast. Get the picture?
TuneWiki is first and foremost a wonderful music gadget for the young generation, but can also be great for open-minded old-timers with good hearing and eyesight.
TuneWiki includes some the following features:
- Search and watch music videos
- Integrated search with YouTube, for example
- Listen to individual tracks, whole albums, as well as news.
- TuneWiki Community with the following sub-features:
- Lyrics search
- Music maps (who’s listening to what where)
- Top 50 artists (based on either location or time)
- Top 50 songs (based on either location or time)
- Download free tracks
- Comment on songs, videos, texts and etc.
- And much more…
- Search and show related song lyrics for singing along
- Translate song lyrics into your own local language
- Create your own playlists and albums
- Stand-by mode
The trial-period isn’t enough to actually discover all the features TuneWiki has to offer. Every time you use TuneWiki, you seem to stumble across something new. If you weren’t a mobile music fan to begin with, TuneWiki will surely make you one!
Screen & Controls
TuneWiki is a visual easy-to-use application with simple and intuitive controls.
Slide-in menus give the application an iPhone feel, offering users an unexpected level of familiarity and comfort for an Android-based application.
Moreover, the footer navigation with its neat self-explanatory icons makes jumping between menus quick and painless.
Sometimes, however, the menu buttons lag and appear irresponsive giving the user the impression of having failed to press them correctly. In this respect, other applications respond much faster.
Favorable mention: The integrated video and audio player is easy-to-use and virtually flawless. Access to outside media sources, such as YouTube, is clear and well-designed.
The embedded advertisements are barely, if at all, distracting.
Speed & Stability
TuneWiki is a very comprehensive application that basically exhausts all the media functions the Android platform has to offer. It is important to keep in mind that TuneWiki itself is running on an Android platform that is still new and a bit rough around the edges.
Given all of this, it’s suprising to see TuneWiki run so smoothly
Obviously it’s not perfect; lags and stalls do come up from time to time, the menu navigation doesn’t always run smoothly, and the application crashed during a call.
All the shortcomings aside, the application is very useful and fun. I’m confident that with increased use of this application and the Android platform in general, most of these glitches will be taken care of.
TuneWiki is free to download through Android Market.
It should be noted that downloading uses up a lot of data, which means a mobile data plan is a must.
Finally, many tracks are only available for purchase and there are integrated ads.