PocketTunes 3.1 was recently reviewed by TamsPalm. We covered the changes in version 4 here. This review looks at the changes in local playback, Jonas Sell will publish a detailled piece on the wireless capabilities soon…so lets get to action.

The earlier versions of PocketTunes had a user interface that had small controls that were difficult to tap. The latest version ships with an all-new skin that has much bigger elements and looks good even on my Treo 600:
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However, the new skin doesn’t show stuff like bitrate et al..

PocketTunes 4 now supports Album Art. The default skin shows the album cover in a small box, clicking on it gets you a bigger view(that still is too small – no zoom here). If you want album art, this can be useful – for me, music is audio and thus images are not too interesting:
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PocketTunes 4 is said to introduce a new player core. This version is said to be slightly faster, and indeed, testing showed slightly improved speed on my T3:
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Audio quality was stellar on version 4 – but since V3 already was almost perfect, I didn’t note much of an improvement. However, the equalizer has become much faster – Treo 600-freaks can now use Bass Boost while working with the smartphone, and even the equalizer is (barely) usable:
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Overall, the main improvement in v4 is support for aac files and album art – but I disagree. The speed improvements are very handy if you use your Treo while listening to music. I don’t regret this update – download the trial and see if it pays out for you..

Ah, and tune in soon for Jonas Sell’s look at the wireless functionality!

Related posts:

  1. PocketTunes 4 released – review coming soon
  2. PocketTunes Deluxe review
  3. PocketTunes 5 – what’s new? (2)
  4. Media Players for the Palm, Hands on Review!
  5. Comparison of Palm OS music players

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