Mobile music players can be tricky apps to negotiate. It is all too easy to get lost in a sea of album covers, playlists and artists. If you find this, then Phonograph Music Player might be the one for you.
At time of writing it is still in its beta with more features being promised, but right now it is a simple, attractive, easily-navigable music player. It works alongside Last.fm, giving users photos and biographies of the artists that they’re listening to.
The always-there play/pause button also enhances the user experience, making Phonograph a truly enjoyable app to use. If you are a technical music fan, you can also change the equalisation of individual songs to increase or decrease the bass at output of certain frequencies, allowing you to create your very own versions of your favourite songs.
This tutorial will show you how to organise your music onto the app as well as how to construct playlists, jump to artists straight from their song and tag your music for easier future navigation.
For additional help, check our video guide to using Phonograph Music Player on YouTube.
1. Get the app and music
Head to the Google Play Store and download Phonograph Music Player Beta. Make sure you also have music downloaded on your phone. Unfortunately music downloaded from Google Play Music won’t be playable on Phonograph, so you may have to download your favourite tracks from another site.
2. Sort your music
You will be greeted with a screen featuring all your music. Tap on the word ‘Songs’, ‘Albums’ or ‘Artists’ to access your music sorted into those categories. ‘Playlists’ is also an option but you won’t have any set up yet. You can also access these groups by tapping the hamburger menu in the top left corner.
3. Build a playlist
Head into the ‘Songs’ menu and tap on the triple dot menu on the right hand side of one of your songs. Select the ‘Add to Playlist’ option and that will bring up another menu where you can decide whether to add it to an existing playlist or create a new one.
4. Create a playing queue
If you want to play a certain selection of songs but don’t want to create a playlist, you can add tracks to the playing queue. Tap the triple dot menu at the side of the song again and choose ‘Add to Playing Queue.’ Phonograph will then play that track next.
5. Go to artist
If you hear a track from an artist and want more, there is a quick move option available. Tap on the triple dot menu again and either select ‘Go to artist’ or ‘Go to album’. The app will take you straight to your requested destination and play music from that artist or album.
6. Add tags to your music
Tap on the triple dot menu next to a song and scroll down to Tag Editor. From here you can add in certain tags, such as song title or the artist. This is especially handy if you’ve downloaded music without that information.
7. Edit your music
Tap the triple dot menu in the top right hand corner of the app and hit ‘Equalizer’. Press the ‘Off’ button to turn it on and play around with the FX and boost levels. Unfortunately you can’t edit tracks on a song-by-song basis so may have to change it regularly.
8. Change the design
Tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner and then hit Settings. From here you can edit the look and feel of the app. You can change the colour scheme, transparency of the toolbar and what page the app opens onto. This customisation keeps the app fresh.
9. View your albums
Tap on the ‘Albums’ category header. Next, tap the triple dot menu in the top right or the menu button of your phone. This will bring up a menu that has the option ‘Grid columns’. Tap on that to choose how many album covers you want per row.