A few weeks ago I covered PwnPlayer and iSoulSeek
(now called MewSeek) and as of today both are out and available on Cydia. Let me tell you even though PwnPlayer is still in beta this public release version is dang good.
is a great music player alternative for the iPhone already having a solid list of features in this public beta. Of course it has the basics allowing you to play your iTunes music database with coverflow and album art. The lock screen controls allow you to skip tracks and adjust volume without unlocking your phone (although I think these controls could use a bit of refinement). PwnPlayer also runs in the background allowing you to play your music and use your phone for other things.
Forget about the basics. What makes PwnPlayer a must have download are the extra features.
Search is included in PwnPlayer so you can easily look up a song or an album without having to scroll through the rest of your music. It's such a simple feature why doesn't the iPhone have Search as default?
The feature that matters most in my opinion and the reason you need to grab PwnPlayer off of Cydia is the ability to play music from file directory. What does this mean? It means that when you download music files to your phone with other great Cydia apps like dTunes
you can play both your downloaded songs and synced songs from one application. You can also load songs onto your phone via sftp or programs like DiskAid
and skip syncing music with iTunes all together.
To get PwnPlayer to recognize the files I downloaded from dTunes
and MewSeek I had to change the file directory it was looking in for music from var/mobile/Media/Music to var/mobile/Media/Downloads by going to the "Featured" section in PwnPlayer and then clicking settings in the top left corner.
Once I did that I was good to go and able to use PwnPlayer to listen to my downloaded music with no issues.
While this beta release of PwnPlayer is quite good it still needs some more features. Video playback, a custom equalizer (the default ones are already included), and the ability to insert downloaded files into the iTunes database are all things I think that a third-party media player should be able to do on the iPhone. The good thing is errrick
the developer already has plans to add some of the above and more in future updates.
If you want to read more about PwnPlayer you can check out the site
. Otherwise just grab it off of Cydia.
Somehow I forgot to mention the playlists feature which is excellent. Easily create your custom playlists on the go.