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Rocket Music Player – Rock on!

Jay O.

It feels like you could swing a bat and hit at least one alternative music app. Don’t get me wrong: I love music and am thankful for alternatives to the stock Android music player which, let's face it, isn't exactly the bee's knees. But with so many options out there, should one go for Rocket Music Player?
Find out in today’s review.

4 ★★★★


Tested version Latest version
1.1.2 Varies with device

Features & Use

Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.1.1
Root: Yes
Modifications: Yes / Popcorn Kernel 11.5

App details:
Runs as of: Android 2.0.1
Apps2SD: ACouldn’ be detected on the Galaxy Nexus
Size Ca. 8.6 MB
Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean optimised : Yes

Permissions: At first we found there to a be a lot of required permissions, but we soon caught on that all of them made sense.

If you’re a technology geek like me you will no doubt also be able to remember the day you got your first Android device. Well, I loved my very first smartphone, but I couldn’t say the same for the rather abominable music player that came with it. Android is continuously evolving, and while the stock music player still looks a bit frumpy and dated, Play Music is a pretty good app.

Still, I like to keep my eye on alternative music apps, especially the ones that strike me has having found a good balance of cool design, easy controls and useful features. Rocket Music Player, in case you were wondering, does well on all three counts.
The way the app is set up is not completely unlike the good old Play Music app. There are tabs for artists, tracks, genres, playlists and podcasts, and the latter two can be linked to iTunes.

Navigate these categories by clicking or swiping in the upper bar.

One of Rocket Music Player’s great features is the very good equalizer function, both the preset option and the fact that users can make their own adjustments. Equalizer options can even be set and saved for a specific album. A brilliant option of people who like fiddling with audio adjustments.

With Android 4.1 there’s also an excellent adaption to the notification bar in which album art and control elements are displayed. Looks nicer than the Play Music app!

Lockscreen is also an option – and a useful one at that – but there seems to be a little bug on the loose here: when you activate the new lockscreen the standard one pops up which has to be unlocked.

Bottom line:

The Rocket Music Player is a great alternative to Play Music: it looks good, is easy to use and comes with a bunch of useful features.
A downside: it can’t access music that’s saved on a Google Music account online, whereas Play Music can.

Screen & Controls

The Rocket Music Player design rocks—if you like a grey, sleek kind of aesthetic, that is. However, the categories bar looks a little outdated.

Speed & Stability

Rocket Music Player performed well during our test runs and didn’t crash. There is, however, an unfortunate bug with the lockscreen.

Price/Performance Ratio

Rocket Music Player is free and available for download from Google Play. The only feature that does not come with the free version is switching audio output to the left or right channel. I for one am not missing this feature in the least, but if you are you may want to considering buying the full version for €2.99.


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  • Dandy Belleza Jul 31, 2012 Link

    How can we say if this is really a good third party music app if the demo or trial of rocket is very limited to functionalities, better they open all the features/functions and give at least a 15 days trial period. Just my 2 cents.

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