• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

an attractive but limited music player (test)

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Overview

The music is personal; how you consume and manage your music can also be just as personal. For some, a simple folder structure is enough, while others need more bells and whistles. There are a ton of music library management apps out there. Fabulous is like most in that it’s a simple and attractive music player for a properly labeled and organized library. If this is how you manage your library, Fabulous will fit right in.

Review

Dark and light options screen.

The incorporation of Fabulous material design makes the app feel right at home on your Android screen. The menu structure is very similar to the Google Play Music app. You can customize the look between a light theme and a dark theme, as well as change accent colors.

When first launched, Fabulous scans your device and then imports your media files. You can then browse your library by artist, album, genre and you can also browse or create playlists. But, for this navigation structure to work well, your music needs the correct ID3 tags (fix artist/album/genre fields in media tags).

Different display options for the current track.
Different display options during playback.

Fabulous does not yet support beacon updates, but Last.fm integration is in progress. So, to maximize the user experience, it’s best to update your music tags on your computer before importing files. If you are missing any tags, Fabulous will import your media but you will need to preview (or look at timestamps) to see what file you’re reading.

File support is standard, with wav, mp3, ogg, flac and some of the other most popular file types supported. Fabulous offers a variety of display views, with the basic setting showing full album art with window navigation buttons.

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Playlists screen. Swipe to change.

You can create playlists by pressing the menu button (3 points). From here you can play the next song, add the song to the current playlist or a new one, or navigate to the song’s album or artist. There are 3 auto-generated playlists based on number of plays, rating and last file import. In turn, the current playlist can be a combination of other playlists and individually added albums or songs. This list can be further organized by dragging the songs into the order of your choice.

While creating playlists from the app is easy, I wish importing playlists were supported. If you have a large library (I do) with lots of playlists (I do), it’s tedious trying to recreate that in Fabulous.

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The equalizer supports both custom and preset settings.

Fabulous also includes an equalizer with effects, bass boost and surround effect functions. I don’t make it a priority to mess with these settings (but maybe I should, as they worked flawlessly and provided some interesting results). There are many presets and the possibility to save your own settings is also offered in the “User” menu.

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Although I’m not an audiophile, I tested several songs with different formats and bitrates. I listened first with Fabulous and then with other music apps. I couldn’t discern a difference with the EQ turned off.

Browsing through a tagged library is nice and dynamic, with album art displayed and the artist and title below each image. There is also a list view, which is inherently less aesthetic.

Ads appear whenever you interact with the app (change songs, change settings or navigate to another view). Once you’re listening to your music, there’s no interruption with the player seamlessly switching between songs.

What we like

  • multi-format support
  • attractive design
  • customization options
  • equalizer
  • automatic playlists

Room for improvement

  • file markup
  • Last.fm integration (currently in development)
  • no external playlist support
  • sharing options

Conclusion

Indeed, as promised by the developers, Fabulous is an attractive music player. It’s simple in the way it organizes your library and how you interact with your music. Still, it doesn’t offer enough options to make it stand out.

Navigating through your music library is intuitive (artist / album / song) and playing music is what Fabulous does best. The customization options are nice but not enough to make this music player stand out among the sea of ​​music players.

Fabulous is still marked as beta software and a few users report that it crashes on the app page (Didn’t experience this over a weekend of use). There are also more features promised in future releases and hopefully the ability to import playlists will make a difference.

With additional features, Fabulous can be a contender for the music library management app on your device. As it stands, Fabulous is an attractive and good music player, but only provides average features.

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