Almost every Palm OS5 device can play a variety of audio files. My Treo 600 is no exception…but it lacks a media player. A basic version of NormSoft’s PocketTunes ships with all new handhelds – let’s look at how the Deluxe version fares.
On the Treo, background playback is implemented very smart – the volume keys on the side control the playback volume. The usual console is available on the Treo, too(altough the swipe options don’t work):
Graphic equalizers are included, too. They work very well on the Tungsten T3, but the OMAP CPU of my Treo is overloaded… . A plain volume overdrive is included too…that works very well for silent songs like AlphaVille:
The screen of the Treo can be turned off to save energy. PocketTunes can somehow connect to the PC(I don’t need that) and can play ShoutCast streams, too.
When playing, the Treo slows down a good bit(but remains usable most of the time). Here are the Speedy scores for two MP3s:
Calc Test 1.17 sec
Mem Test 0.53 sec
Graph Test 0.69 sec
Total 2.39 sec ~126 MHz
628 % / Palm Vx
Calc Test 3.07 sec
Mem Test 1.37 sec
Graph Test 1.83 sec
Total 6.27 sec ~48 MHz
239 % / Palm Vx
Calc Test 3.28 sec
Mem Test 1.44 sec
Graph Test 1.93 sec
Total 6.65 sec ~45 MHz
226 % / Palm Vx
PocketTunes can support ogg, mp3, wav and ogg files. It is said to have support for Napster to Go too…can look at that one day, too.
This review looked at Version 3.1.5 on a Tungsten T3 and a Treo 600. The programs web site is here, and a full version costs 34.95$.
Overall, PocketTunes is a very good media player. This review could only look at a small part of the product – get a trial version and look at it yourself! The only nuissance I experienced was the occasional splash screen/search delay…other than that, power to the groove!