Release notes

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Release notes

Postby playerpro » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:38 am

Release v2.8 - 26 October 2013

This release brings audio enhancements (DSPPack v4.0) and few other features or fixes:

  • DSPPack v4.0:
    Warning: please make sure to update PlayerPro, the WidgetPack and the DSPPack to the latest versions available on the market (respectively version >2.8, version >2.6 and version >4.0).
    - Added gapless playback support for aac/mp4.
    - Added replay gain support for mp3, flac, ogg, and aac/mp4. Ability to select the normalization method, the default gain for songs with no metadata, the default pre-amp level, and clipping prevention (see Audio settings > ReplayGain for all options).
    - Fixed the equalizer high-pitched sound bug occurring with certain sampling rates. Fixed a few other bugs impacting the quality and stability of the equalizer.
    - Added an audio limiter to prevent audio distortion when amplification is too high. Enabled by default (Audio settings > Volume > Limiter).
    - Added support for sampling rates > 48000Hz.
    - Added support for Virtualizer effect on all phones. Ability to select between native and PlayerPro implementation in Audio settings > Effects > Virtualizer.
    - Improved PlayerPro Bass boost implementation. Added ability to select between native and PlayerPro implementation in Audio settings > Effects > Bass boost.
    - Added better support for wav format files.
    - Added support for the following formats (can be played from a file browser): aif, au, paf, iff, svx, sf, voc, w64, mat4, mat5, pvf, xi, htk, caf, sd2, sds, txw, gsm, nist, rx2, opus.
    - Various performance improvements with NEON optimized routines to reduce battery consumption.
    - Various other bug fixes.
    - High resolution icon and new welcome screen design with left/right slide to view the different sections.
  • Added ability to select left-right channel balance (Audio settings > Volume > Channel balance).
  • Fixed the lyrics search bug.
  • Fixed a bug where selected album artwork would apply to all songs of the same folder.
  • Updated translations.
  • A few other bug fixes.


Release v2.6 - 2 February 2013

This release brings a couple new features and some bug fixes:

  • New website with FAQ section: please visit <a href='http://www.aplayerpro.com'>www.aplayerpro.com</a>.
  • Home screen widgets enhancements:
    - All home screen widgets are resizable (requires Honeycomb). To resize a widget: long press on it and drag its corners. Some of the widgets resize only horizontally.
    - Classic (4x1), Small (2x2) and Medium (3x3) widgets can be added to the device default lockscreen (requires Jelly Bean).
    - Added option to adjust the transparency of the widgets (availbale from the widget configuration screen). Please make sure all your skins are up-to-date with the latest versions available on the Google store.
    - Added previews for all widgets (requires Honeycomb).
    - UI improvements. Please make sure all your skins are up-to-date with the latest versions available on the Google store.
    - Better support for tablets.
    - Widget Pack update: v2.7.
    - Bug fixes.
  • Added option to display prev control in the notification status (enabled by default): Settings > Look and feel > Status bar > Enable prev control.
  • New shuffle algorithm:
    - Songs are not repeated until all songs are played once.
    - Positions in the shuffle list are remembered: going backward in the shuffle list and then forward will playback the same songs.
  • Harmonization of options menus:
    - Added Settings option to the player screen options menu.
    - Added "Save now playing" and "Clear now playing" options to all browser options menus: allows to save/clear the now playing list from anywhere and not only the player screen.
    - Transferred all contextual options from the player screen options menu to the player screen contextual menu. Long press on the album artwork to bring up the contextual menu for the player screen.
  • Harmonization of contextual menus:
    - Added Edit, Search, Share and Delete options to the player screen contextual menu (long press on the album artwork to bring up the contextual menu for the player screen).
    - Added Share option to the song browser contextual menu: allows to share any song from your library and not only the currently playing one. Long press on a song to bring up the contextual menu for that song.
    - Added "Use as ringtone" option to the song browser contextual menu: allows to set any song as phone ringtone and not only the currently playing one. Long press on a song to bring up the contextual menu for that song.
  • Search result screen is now skinned.
  • Added "Pause when upside down" option to Shake it options: Settings > Shake it > Pause upside down. Allows to pause playback when the phone is turned upside down.
  • Added option to download missing artist pictures: Settings > Browsers > Download artist pictures now.
  • Fixed smart playlists bugs when using Genre as criteria.
  • Stability and performance improvements.
  • Updated many skins with bug corrections and UI improvements. Please make sure all your skins are up-to-date with the latest versions available on the Google store.
  • Updated translations from crowdin.net.
  • Lots of other bug fixes.


Release v2.5 - 16 December 2012

This release brings a couple new features, new skins and some bug fixes:

  • ICS/Jelly Bean support:
    - Added ICS/JB customization: menus, dialogs, buttons, settings ... More to come in coming weeks/months.
    - Fixed a few bugs impacting Jelly Bean.
  • Notification enhancements:
    - Added larger artwork.
    - PlayerPro notifications are now compliant with system notifications (text color and size).
    - Added support for expanded notifications (Jelly Bean only): Settings > Look and feel > Enable expanded notifications (enabled by default).
  • Playlist enhancements:
    - Added 'Genre' and 'File path' as possible criteria for smart playlists.
    - Fixed the 'empty playlists' bug.
    - Added option to remove duplicates: Option menu > Remove duplicates.
    - Added option to sort playlists (excluding smart playlists): Option menu > Sort.
    - All playlists (excluding smart playlists) are now automatically backed up on the external/internal sdcard, in PlayPro/Playlists folder (m3u format). You can copy the PlayerPro folder from one phone to another (when changing phones) or back it up before a firmware update.
    - Added option to restore backed-up playlists: Settings > Music library > Restore playlists. Use this option to restore your playlists when changing phones or when your playlists are accidentally modified/deleted by another app/process.
  • Added support for HTC sound enhancer (only available on some recent HTC phones). Provides audio effects like: Beats Audio, SRS, Dolby etc. You can access the HTC sound enhancer from Settings > Audio > HTC Sound enhancer.
  • Increased the playlist history to 1000 to avoid repeating songs too often when shuffling.
  • Improved scrolling performance on certain phones (ICS+ phones).
  • Added a 'Search' option when long pressing on a song: brings up a list of all apps that can be used to search this song. Allows to search video clips for songs on Youtube.
  • Declared PlayerPro as external video player. Allows to playback videos in streaming from internet or from any file explorer app.
  • 'Go to artist' option (long press artwork on player screen) is now compliant with artist click action.
  • Removed the 'Scan for installed skins' option. This option is no longer required as PlayerPro can now detect new installed skins automatically.
  • New skins:
    - Holo ICS skin. Thanks to Sebastian Porta.
    - New color variations of the Cloudy skin: Cloudy Green, Cloudy Red, Cloudy Orange, Cloudy Magenta, Cloudy Copper. Thanks to Thomas Doussin.
  • New translations.
  • A few other bug fixes.


Release v2.44 - 12 June 2012

This release brings a few new features and two new skins:

    This release brings a few bug fixes and two new skins:
  • Added an option to adjust the transparency of the lockscreen widget background: PlayerPro settings > Lockscreen settings > Widget transparency.
  • Fixed a bug impacting the display of lyrics in chinese, korean or japanese.
  • Two new skins:
    - Cloudy Pink skin: thanks to Thomas Doussin.
    - Fluo Green: thanks to Sebastian Porta.
  • A few other bug fixes.

Release v2.43 - 04 June 2012

This release brings a few new features and two new skins:

  • New sorting feature. From the options' menu, select the "Sort" option and pick a sort value:
    - Song/folder browser: sort songs by track number, title, file name, album, artist, duration, year, date added or duration. Ability to reverse the order of the sorting or to select specific values for album songs sorting, artist songs sorting, folder songs sorting etc.
    - Album browser: sort albums by title, artist, year, or number of songs. Ability to reverse the order of the sorting or to select specific values for artist albums sorting, genre albums sorting etc.
    - Artist browser: sort artists by title, number of albums, or number of songs. Ability to reverse the order of the sorting or to select specific values for genre artists sorting.
  • Lyrics management improvements:
    - Added ability to zoom in/out when viewing lyrics.
    - Player "Keep screen on" option now applies to the lyrics screen.
    - Lyrics screen automatically updates to match currently playing song.
    - Added an "Always use this action" checkbox in the search lyrics warning popup (allows to skip the popup when checked).
    - Added a warning popup when trying to quit the lyrics screen whithout saving current lyrics. Added a "Don't ask again" checkbox in the latter popup to ignore the warning.
    - Fixed the "Failed to save lyrics" error.
  • Added option for bluetooth AVRCP support in Settings > Music library > Notifications. Android does not have any built-in support for AVRCP. This feature is thus EXPERIMENTAL. It has been tested successfully on a variety of phones that have integrated AVRCP natively.
  • Two new skins:
    - Cloudy skin: thanks to Thomas Doussin.
    - ICS skin: thanks to Grégory Meyer.
  • A few bug fixes.


Release v2.42 - 19 April 2012

This release brings audio enhancements (DSPPack v3.2) and few other features or fixes:

  • DSPPack v3.2:
    Warning: please make sure to update PlayerPro, the WidgetPack and the DSPPack to the latest versions available on the market (respectively version >2.42, version >2.6 and version >3.2).<br>Support for gapless playback and crossfade in PlayerPro is only be available through the DSPPack (v3.2 and above). This is because Android has no native support for these features. If you have not yet installed the DSPPack and would like to try it out, please follow this link and installation instructions: market://details?id=com.tbig.playerpro.soundpack.
    - New icon and welcome screen.
    - Gapless playback support (activated by default). Can be disabled using Audio Settings > Gapless option. When using gapless playback, it is recommended to set the Audio buffer size to "Medium" value or above ("Large" or "Very large").
    - Auto crossfade support (activated by default): crossfade to the next track when currently playing track ends. Ability to adjust auto crossfade time and to enable/disable "auto crossfade when shuffling only" option (see Audio settings > Crossfade section).
    - Manual crossfade support (activated by default): crossfade to the next track when currently playing track is skipped. Ability to adjust manual crossfade time (see Audio settings > Crossfade section).
    - Added option to activate native effects with the DSPPack (see Audio settings > Native > Native effects). When this option is activated, PlayerPro uses native Bass Boost and Virtualizer effects (the volume control from the audio effects screen is replaced by a Virtualizer control). This option is available for Android > 2.3 phones only. Please use this option with caution as it produces unexpected behaviour on certain phones and/or ROMs.
    - Added option to adjust playback priority (see Audio settings > Audio priority option): use this option only in case you are experiencing playback skipping and setting the audio buffer to the maximum value doesn't help.
    - Improved smoothness of the seekbar.
    - Various bug fixes.
    - Audio settings menu update.
  • Notification status enhancements (ICS phones only):
    - New control button icons (play/pause and next).
    - Aligned album artwork and text with other notifications.
    - Added option to remove the stop control from the notification status. See Look and feel settings > Status bar > Stop control.
    - Added option to remove the notification status when playback is paused (see Look and feel settings > Status bar > Remove on pause). By default, the notifiation status is removed when the player is shut down (either by using the option menu "Quit" option or after 60 seconds of inactivity).
  • Added support for bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 for CyanogenMod Roms ONLY (EXPERIMENTAL). Note: Android does not have any built-in support for AVRCP so AVRCP support will tentatively be integrated on request and when possible for very specific Roms.
  • New presentation for the "Help, release notes" section.
  • Fixed a bug causing PlayerPro to skip and crash.
  • Other bug fixes.


Release v2.34 - 26 February 2012

This release is mainly a patch release:

  • Added "Winamp", "Media Monkey" and "Windows Media Player" as rating systems (Settings > Music library > Rating system). Use these new options to keep your ratings in sync with your favorite desktop music player: when using one of the latter values as rating system, PlayerPro reads/writes ratings from/to your music files, using the corresponding desktop player rating scale. Please refer to this link for more information: http://www.aplayerpro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=89.
  • Fixed music folder selection on certain devices where the external SD card mount point defers from Android's default "/mnt/sdcard" (e.g. Asus Transformer).
  • Fixed the "brain dead widget" bug upon phone reboot.
  • Improved shuffle algorithm.
  • Fixed scrobbling bug when using the official Last.fm scrobbler.
  • Improved scrolling performance in grid view mode (especially on ICS devices).
  • Improved stability (fixed few force close errors).
  • Optimized landscape player view for most tablets.
  • Updated translations from Crowdin.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Release v2.30 - 04 February 2012

This release brings new features and few UI enhancements:

  • Smart playlists support: smart playlists allow you to create playlists that only include items that fulfill certain criteria (such as Artist, Album, Year, Duration, etc). For example, you could create a smart playlist that only contains songs with a rating of four stars or higher and have "Miles Davis" as artist.
    Smart playlists are automatically updated each time you access them, so that you don't need to re-create them each time you add new music to your library. Please note that in order for smart playlists to work correctly, your music files must have accurate metadata.

    The smart playlist editor can be accessed in two ways, depending on whether you are creating a new smart playlist or editing an existing one:
    - To create a new smart playlist: from the playlist browser, open the options menu and select the "New playlist" option.
    - To edit an existing smart playlist: from the playlist browser, long press on a smart playlist and select the "Edit" option (you can differentiate between a smart playlist and a normal playlist thanks to the star on the bottom right of the playlist icon).</ul>
    To create a smart playlist, you must fill in the following fields:
    - "Name" is the name of the smart playlist. It should be unique.
    - "Number of songs" is the maximum number of songs to be included in the list.
    - "Selected by" is the criteria that will be used to select the songs.
    - "Match" defines the way rules will be matched.
    - "Plus" and "Minus" buttons can be used to add/remove a rule. A rule is composed of a criteria, an operator and a value. For example: criteria="Album", operator="Contains", value="Miles Davis".
  • ICS support (features only available for ICS phones):
    - Added control buttons to the notification status (play/pause, next, close).
    - Added option to control PlayerPro from the Android built-in lockscreen: go to Settings / Lockscreen settings and select "Android Native" as lockscreen value. A prerequisite is that you have activated the "Headset override" option from the Headset settings.
  • The tag editor now supports the "album artist" tag. It can be used to remove duplicate albums. Please follow these steps to remove duplicate albums:
    - Make sure that all songs belonging to the same album are in the same folder on your sdcard.
    - Make sure that all duplicate album songs have the same "album" tag: long press the duplicate album, select the "edit" option, check the checkbox next to the "album" textbox, input the "album" name and finally save the changes using the "save" button.
    - Make sure that all duplicate album songs have the same "album artist" tag: long press the duplicate album, select the "edit" option, check the checkbox next to the "album artist" textbox, input the "album artist" name and finally save the changes using the "save" button.
  • Equalizer enhancements:
    - Added an option to reset equalizer presets to default values (option available in the audio settings).
    - Added 20 new presets to default built-in equalizer.
    - Fixed a bug causing PlayerPro to crash when saving/deleting a custom preset.
    - Added equalizer skin for WMP skin: make sure to update to the latest version of the skin available on the market.
    - Various other UI fixes.
  • Removed the artwork cache limitation of 8MB. Artwork cache is now unlimited.
  • Released WidgetPack version 2.4: REQUIRED for PlayerPro 2.3. Make sure to update to this version.
  • Updated translations from Crowdin.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Release v2.20 - 24 December 2011

This release brings UI enhancements and a few features/bug fixes:

  • Customizable/skinnable home screen widgets:
    Warning: please remove/add your widgets again if your widgets are displaying an error message after the update.
    - Option to select the widget skin. Five different skins are available: PlayerPro, Blue Wonder, Pink Lady, Red Fusion, Neutral and Custom. Blue Wonder, Pink Lady and Red Fusion skins require to download the corresponding skin package from the market (make sure to update your skins to the latest versions available on the market if you already have installed one of those skins). PlayerPro, Neutral and Custom are built-in. Custom is a special skin that allows to select the color of the buttons. Other skins will be released in future updates. Keep tuned :-).
    - Option to display album artwork (4x1 widget only).
    - Option to display artist pictures instead of album artwork.
    - Option to display repeat/shuffle controls (3x3, 4x2 and 4x4 widgets only).
    - Option to display ratings (4x2 and 4x4 widgets only).
    - Option to open the player when tapping the album artwork or song title.
  • Other home screen widgets enhancements:
    - All widgets maintain the aspect ratio of the artwork (artist pictures or album artwork).
    - The 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4 widgets are now optimized for different screen sizes: album/artist artwork will display bigger on most phones, especially for the 4x4 widget.
    - The control buttons of the 3x3 widget have been made bigger.
    - Fixed a bug where the 4x4 widget would not respond on certain phones.
    - Improved the quality of the default artwork display.
    - Fixed the "PlayerPro not installed" bug linked to the deployment order of applications after phone reboot.
    - Various other bug fixes and small UI tweaks.
    - Released the WidgetPack 3.0 version which includes all above enhancements and bug fixes.
  • Lockscreen enhancements:
    - The lockscreen widgets are now skinnable. Four skins are available: PlayerPro (default), Blue Wonder, Pink Lady, Red Fusion. Make sure to update your skins to the latest versions available on the market. Other skins will be released in future udpates.
    - Added an option to hide playback controls (play/pause, prev/next).
    - Added an option to hide ratings.
    - Added an option to hide shuffle/repeat controls.
    - Long pressing on the album art makes it fully transparent: this allows you to display artist pictures instead of album artwork. Long pressing on the artwork a second time makes it opaque again.
    - Fixed a bug where the album artwork would be scaled down.
    - Fixed a bug causing a crash on ICS.
    - Various other bug fixes and UI tweaks.
  • Released custom equalizer screens for the following skins: Sense, Sense for Her, Mystic Blue, and Pure White. Other skins will be added in upcoming udpates.
  • Fixed the "Album info" feature.
  • Fixed a bug where line breaks were eaten up when displaying embedded lyrics.
  • Settings menu icons have been added for Honeycomb and ICS (already released for GingerBread in previous update).
  • Fixed a bug where adding songs from a folder to a new playlist would result in random songs being added.
  • Fixed a bug causing PlayerPro to crash on Nexus One devices with ICS.
  • Updated translations from Crowdin.
  • Various other bug fixes and UI tweaks.

Release v2.12 - 22 October 2011

This release is a patch release following 2.10 release. There are no new features.

  • Fixed a bug causing the settings screen to be blank on Android 3.x powered devices.
  • Fixed distortion of album artwork on the lockscreen.
  • Fixed a bug causing additional external storage folders (mount points) to be ignored by the music folder browser.
  • Fixed a bug causing the lockscreen to force close.
  • Fixed a bug causing the player screen to force close.
  • Fixed a bug causing the equalizer screen to force close.
  • Added "Clear playlist" and "Save as playlist" options to the player screen.
  • Better quality menu icons for "Play all" and "Clear playlist" options.
  • Updated chinese and polish translations.

Release v2.10 - 15 October 2011

This release brings UI enhancements and a few features/bug fixes:

  • Settings menu icons: some icons have been added to the settings screen.
  • Home screen widgets enhancements:
    - All home screen widgets (4x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 4x2) have been redesigned.
    - The 3x3 widget now includes a shuffle and repeat control.
    - The 4x2 and 4x4 widgets now include song ratings.
    - All widgets layouts have been optimized for various screens, both in portrait and landscape.
  • Lockscreen widgets enhancements:
    - All lockscreen screens (4x4 and 4x2) have been redesigned and now support both portrait and landscape mode.
    - Added an option to display the artist picture as background (\"Background\" option). This option is the default one.
    - Added an option to display the background in greyscale.
    - Long pressing on the album art makes it transparent. Long pressing on it a second time makes it opaque again.
    - Added an option to show/hide the clock.
    - Added an option to show/hide controls.
    - Album artwork is now displayed in original scale.
    - Long press on prev/next buttons to fast rewind/forward.
    - Added auto-scroll to song titles, album names, and artist names. Tap the title/album/artist name to stop it from scrolling or to start it scrolling.
  • Added support for App2sd: when moving PlayerPro to your SD Card, the home screen widgets no longer work (Android limitation). A WidgetPack is now available for download as a free additional plugin for those that would like to continue using widgets.
  • Notification bar enhancement: the notification bar layout has been enhanced and now includes an album art thumbnail of the currently playing song.
  • Arist pictures quality: artist picture quality has been increased. Note that you'll need to redownload pictures to benefit from the new quality. This is recommended if you use the \"artist picture as background\" lockscreen option.
  • Fixed a bug where the equalizer would crash on certain ROMs: make sure to update all your skins to the latest versions available on the market.
  • Added bulgarian and slovak translations. Updated other languages. Thanks to all crowding contributors !
  • Improved stability and performance.
  • Fixed a bug where the last song was not scrobbled.
  • Other various bug fixes.


Release v2.09 - 03 September 2011

  • DSP pack v2:
    WARNING: PlayerPro relies on the Android media scanner and media store for playback. This means that it will only play music files that are natively supported by your phone, even though it supports a wider range of media codecs (ogg, flac, wavpack etc). Support for custom media files will be added in a future release.
    - Added support for flac format (provided that your phone media store can scan this format): mono/stereo, 16/24 bits, dithering support, sampling rates 8kHz-96kHz.
    - Added support for wavpack format (provided that your phone media store can scan this format): mono/stereo, 8/16/24/32 bits, dithering support, sampling rates 8kHz-192kHz.
    - Added new optimized ogg codec (up to 2 times less CPU consumption).
    - Added new optimized wma codec (up to 2 times less CPU consumption).
    - Added NEON optimizations for wma, m4a/mp4/aac decoding on NEON CPUs (up to 5 times less CPU consumption).
    - Added app2sd support.
  • Work on UI/skins (make sure to upgrade all your skins to the latest versions available from the market):
    - Various UI tweaks and bug fixes.
    - Optimized grid view for large screens (e.g. HTC sensation) and tablets.
    - Added app2sd support to all skins.
  • Reworked player artwork effects:
    - Normal effect (Settings > Look and feel > Album artwork effect > Normal): tries as much as possible to display the full artwork in it's orginal scale.
    - Padded effect (Settings > Look and feel > Album artwork effect > Padded): always displays the full artwork in it's original scale.
  • Added partial support for streaming. Examples: play a song from an email attachment or from internet.
  • Added polish translation (thanks to Mateusz Turek).
  • Fixed a bug where all music stats (ratings, play/skip counts etc) would randomely disappear.
  • Other various bug fixes.


Release v2.08 - 25 July 2011

Patch release.


Release v2.07 - 23 July 2011

  • Native Dolby and SRS support for HTC devices equipped with HTC sound enhancement (HTC Desire HD for e.g.). Go to Settings > Audio > HTC Sound enhancer and select between SRS/Dolby values to activate it. HTC sound enhancement applies to both Music and Video playback.
  • Added support for mp4 and m4a tag editing.
  • Ability to read/save lyrics for mp4 and m4a formats.
  • Ability to save ratings to mp4 and m4a music files.
  • New "Shake it" feature:
    - Shake your phone up/down/left/righ to switch to the next/previous song.
    - Only applies when playback is active and phone is awake (Android limitation).
    - Go to Settings > Shake it and select "Enable Shake it feature" checkbox to activate it.
    - Adjust the Shake sensitivity using the "Shake sensitivity" option.
  • Added the option "Go to folder" when long pressing on the album art from the player screen (in addition to existing "Go to artist" and "Go to album" options).
  • Added option to automatically start playback of next video when current video is finished: go to Settings > Browsers > Video browser settings and select "Play next video" option.
  • Next/Previous controls do no longer restart playback if the playback is paused.
  • Disabled headset default long press and double/triple press support:
    - Go to Settings > Headset > Long press action to select the action to take when long pressing on the headset play/pause control. Supported options: play next, toggle party shuffle on/off or open up music library.
    - Go to Settings > Headset and select "Use double/triple press" option to activate double/triple press support (skips to next/previous song).
  • Fixed fc issue on Android 3.x devices when viewing a custom playlist.
  • Removed lock screen from "recent apps" list.
  • Fixed folder browser and music folder selection bug (black screen and/or no music folder selection possible).
  • Other various bug fixes.


Release v2.06 - 21 June 2011

  • A new video browser has been added: the video browser.
    - It is activated by default when upgrading to version 2.06. You can deactivate it by unchecking the option "Use Video Browser" in Settings > Browsers > Video Browser Settings.
    - All skins come with a customized/skinned video view. It is thus mandatory to UPGRADE ALL CUSTOM SKINS to the latest market versions. Otherwise the video tab will not appear.
    - Supported formats are those of your Android phone (built-in).
    - Videos are auto bookmarked.
    - You can long press on a video to either: search similar videos via third party apps (e.g. Youtube) OR delete that video.
  • Reworked WMP skin: HD support, large buttons. Make sure to try it out !
  • Added support for the offical Last.fm scrobbler: activate it by going to Settings > Music library > Scrobbling > Official Last.fm.
  • Added voice search.
  • Added support for Music picking: music picking is an Android feature that lets you pick a song from the Android library. It is now possible to use PlayerPro as your favorite music picking app.
    - Example of music picking: a ringtone app or alarm clock app can now launch PlayerPro's music picker to let you select a song to use as ringtone/alarm music.
    - A prerequisite is that the third party app (ringtone app, alarm clock etc) supports music picking. Make sure as well to chose PlayerPro as your favorite music picker: go to Applications > Your third party app and press "Clear defaults" to reset defaults for that app. On next usage, Android will ask you to chose a new music picker.
  • Added click actions for song and folder browsers: you can now select the action when clicking on a song from the song browser or the fodler browser. Go to Settings > Browsers > Song browser / Folder browser to select a click action. The following click actions are available: play all, shuffle all, play next, play last.
  • Option to display song titles instead of file names in the folder browser. By default, the fodler browser will now show song titles. Go to Settings > Browsers > Folder browser settings > Display song titles to revert to the old behaviour.
  • Option to enqueue a playlist: long press on the playlist then select "enqueue" option.
  • Fixed browsing for compilation albums.
  • Various bug fixes. Make sure to upgrade all skins and plugins to benefit from all the fixes.


Release v2.05 - 29 May 2011

Patch release.


Release v2.04 - 28 May 2011

  • Widget locker compatibility: PlayerPro lockscreen takes precedence over the widget locker one when activated.
  • 3 new skins have been released: Blue Wonder, Red Fusion and Pink Lady. These new skins are color variations of the default skin.
  • Skinnable equalizer screen: the equalizer screen can now be skinned. The 3 new skins take advantage of this new feature. The other skins will be reworked progressively in the future.
  • Click actions: you can now select the click action for album/artist/genre browsers. Go to Settings > Browsers. Under each browser settings, you have a new "Click action" setting:
    - Album browser: you can choose between following actions: browse tracks, play or enqueue.
    - Artist browser: you can choose between following actions: browse albums, browse tracks, play or enqueue.
    - Genre browser: you can choose between following actions: browse albums, browse artists, browse tracks, play or enqueue.
    For example, to browse by Genres > Artists > Albums > Tracks, set the click action of the genre browser to "Browse artists" and the click action of the artist browser to "Browse albums" and the click action of the album browser to "Browse tracks".
  • Audio focus support: for Android > 2.2 devices, PlayerPro now supports audio focus:
    - When receiving notifications (navigation input, email, sms etc), PlayerPro will lower the playback volume.
    - When another application requests audio focus (phone call, game etc), PlayerPro will automatically pause and then resume when gaining focus again.
  • The "Now playing" bar is now fully clickable (don't have to click the right arrow anymore).
  • The "Sleep Timer" functionality has been moved from the Settings menu to all browsers option menu and the player screen option menu.
  • Option to inverse the text color of the PlayerPro status bar notifications: Settings > Look and feel > Status bar.
  • Stability and reliability of the album artwork service has been improved.
  • New translations.
  • Various other bug fixes.


Release v2.03 - 02 Apr 2011

This release is a patch release following release 2.0:

  • Replaced album artwork service with a new one to improve stability and response time. "Pick from internet" and "Get it for me" options should not raise anymore errors.
  • Improved ratings compatibility with desktop media players (windows media player, media monkey) when using "Music files" as rating system.
  • Fixed FC error when switching from portrait to land and vice versa.
  • Fixed FC error when creating a playlist shortcut.
  • Fixed freeze issue.
  • Fixed issue where the current song seek position was not saved on player exit.
  • Added "Search" option to options menu for phones that do not have a physical search button.
  • Added "Search" option to contextual menu: it allows to search for selected album/artist on youtube, internet or any other search compliant app.
  • New status bar icon: icon is now visible on all phones (no more colour issues).
  • Option to disable the status bar icon (Settings > Look and feel > Status bar icon).
  • Updated german translations.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Release v2.02- 20 Mar 2011

Patch release.

Release v2.01- 20 Mar 2011

Patch release.

Release v2.0 - 20 Mar 2011

  • User interface additions/enhancements:
    - New default skin.
    - New application icon.
    - New logo.
    - New notification icon.
    - New set of default icons (album/artist/genre/playlist/folder...).
    - Redesigned folder view.
    - On screen volume control (default skin only for now).
    - Button bar is now scrollable so that all browsers can be added (no more limited to 5 browsers max).
    - New skin: Sens for her (pink).
  • New web site: http://www.aplayerpro.com.
  • Mixable audio effects for Android >2.3.
    - 5 band graphic equalizer with default and customizable presets (save, edit, rename ...).
    - Stereo widening effect (Virtualizer).
    - Reverb effects (concert hall, small room, etc).
    - Bass boost control.
    - Volume control.
  • DSP pack plugin for Android <= 2.2:
    - Available as a seperate plugin: download it from Settings > Audio > Download DSP pack.
    - Once installed, go to Settings > Audio > Use DSP Pack.
    - 10 band graphic equalizer with default and customizable presets (save, edit, rename ...).
    - Preamp control.
    - Bass boost control.
    - Volume control.
    - Adjustable audio buffer: Settings > Audio > Audio buffer.
  • Performance improvements:
    - Smoother seekbar.
    - Faster skipping (next/prev controls).
    - Smoother scrolling in grid and list views.
  • New features and bug fixes:
    - "Manage artwork" option is now available in the folder browser context menu.
    - Album artwork gets automatically downloaded in folder view.
    - Sliding a track to the left adds the song to the current playlist and plays it next, even when shuffle is on.
    - Improved shuffle algorithm will now play all songs once before repeating.
    - New option in the album browser settings to download all missing artwork now.
    - New option in playlist browser settings to select smart playlists to display in playlist view.
    - New option to read/write ratings from/to music files: Settings > Music library > Rating system > Music files.
    - Fixed lyrics search.
    - "Play all" option has been added to all browsers' option menu: allows to play all currently displayed songs/albums/artists/folders/genres...
    - "Shuffle all" option is now restricted to current view: allows to shuffle all currently displayed songs/albums/artists/folders/genres...
    - Improved layout for tablets.
    - Full screen player now applies to sub screens.
    - Various bug fixes.


Release v1.21 - 28 Dec 2010

  • Music statistics:
    - A five star rating system has been introduced. Available on the player and lock screens.
    - Music statistics recording: play counts, skip counts, last played date.
    - Smart playlists: top rated, most played, last played, least played.
    - Long click on the playlist and select "edit" to change the number of songs displayed.
  • Import/export music statistics: please visit the "how-tos" section of the forum for more information.
    - Use iSyncr to keep your ratings in sync with iTunes: Settings > Music library > Rating system.
    - Import ratings embedded in audio files (POPM tag): Settings > Music library > Import music stats > Music files (ratings only).
    - Manual import of music stats (ratings, play/skip count, last played) from an external library (winamp, iTunes, Songbird).
    - Manual export of music stats (ratings, play/skip count, last played) to an external library (winamp, Songbird).
  • Work on skins:
    - All skins have been removed from the default package to reduce its size (1 MB decrease). Skins can only be downloaded as seperate packages on the market. Once you install a new skin, make sure to run the "Scan for installed skins" option in the settings.
    - All skins have been reworked to better support medium density screens.
    - Some graphics in the default PlayerPro skin have been reworked (better high density versions).
    - Few cosmetic updates here and there.
    - All skins support the rating bar.
    - Two new skins have been added: "Pure White" and "Mystic Blue". Check them out quick !
  • Bug fixes:
    - Dispaly issues on the player screen for artist pictures.
    - Force close of the player.
    - Small performance improvements.
    - Various bug fixes (phone calls etc).


Release v1.20 - 06 Dec 2010

  • Reorganization of the settings in high level categories so as to improve clarity.
  • Tag editor fixes:
    - Fixed the garbage leading character bug (impacting title, album, artist, track number and lyrics display).
    - PlayerPro does no longer crash if an attempt is made to save an invalid track number (either empty or not a number).
    - The soft keyboard used for track number input is now numeric.
  • Added option to activate swipe gestures on lock screen (by default activated). Sliders do not skip music anymore when swipe gestures are activated.
  • Headset enhancements:
    - Added an "Auto start" option to auto start music playback when headset is plugged in. Only works if PlayerPro is active.
    - Music does not fade in anymore after ending a call and if the headset is unplugged.
    - Corrected a bug that would automatically launch and shuffle music when headset button was pressed after some time of inactivity.
  • Player artwork: when no album artwork is available for the currently playing song, PlayerPro will now display the artist artwork instead (if available).
  • Sleep timer functionality: allows to set up a timer after which PlayerPro will automatically stop playback. Available from the settings menu.
    - "Fade out" option: instructs PlayerPro to fade out the music (useful to fall asleep).
    - "Play last song till end" option: instructs PlayerPro to play the last song till the end.
    - View remaining time and stop timer via the same settings menu anytime.
  • On Player screen, it is now possible to scroll the title with the finger (works for built-in and external skins).


Release v1.19 - 12 Nov 2010

  • Lock screen enhancements:
    - System key guard setting: the key guard prevents waking up the phone on key press (volume/home/search... buttons). When activated, it is no longer possible to override volume buttons to control pre/next song. The system lock is also re-enabled (Android limitations).
    - Auto unlock setting: this setting allows to by pass the system lock when exiting the lock screen (useful with the key guard only). On some devices, doing so might cause the screen to flicker (the system lock will show up and disappear rapidely).
    - Minimal screen timeout: this setting allows to reduce the lock screen timeout to the minimal system value (5s or 15s).
  • Added some translations for german, finnish and korean languages.
  • 4x2 widgets: the title is no longer cut off. The landscape mode uses larger buttons.
  • Added the "View lyrics" option to the folder browser contextual menu.
  • Few bug fixes.


Release v1.17 - 08 Nov 2010

  • Added new option in the advanced settings to activate/deactivate async load of artwork in grid view mode. Use this option if you have a large library.
  • Added new context menu options when long pressing on an item (applies to album/artist/genre/song/folder items in list/grid views):
    - Shuffle: shuffle selected song or group of songs.
    - Enqueue: queues selected song or group of songs.
    - Edit: edit tags for the selected song or group of songs (cf below for more details).
    - Manage artwork: manage album artwork (long press on album) (cf below for more details).
    - Manage picture: manage artist picture (long press on artist) (cf below for more details).
    - Manage illustration: manage genre illustration (long press on genre) (cf below for more details).
  • Tag editor: allows to edit tags for one song or a group of songs:
    - Long press on an album/artist/genre/folder/song item and select the "Edit" option.
    - Supported tags: title, album, artist, track number, year, genre, comment.
    - Supported formats: mp3 (ID3v1, ID3v11, ID3v2.2, v2.3 and v2.4), ogg, flac, wma.
    - The tag editor automatically calculates and displays tag values that are common to all selected songs. Fields left blank are not common.
    - When editing tags for a group of songs, use the checkboxes to identify the tags that must be modified (other tags will be untouched).
    - Use auto-completion in the genre input boxe (147 most common genres pre-populated).
  • Added "Manage artwork" contextual option: manage album artwork. Several sub options are offered:
    - Get if for me: PlayerPro automatically updates selected album artwork using the following lookup order: embedded artwork --> albumart.jpg/png, *.jpg/png in album folder --> finds best matching album artwork on internet.
    - Pick from internet: displays all available artwork found on internet. Browse/search using keywords. Select image to save.
    - Pick from Gallery: select artwork from the Gallery app.
    - Pick from Album folder: displays all artwork found in album folder. Select image to save.
    - Pick from ID3 tags: displays all embedded artwork. Select image to save.
    - Clear: clears the album artwork.
  • Added "Manage picture" contextual option: manage artist picture. Several options are offered:
    - Get if for me: PlayerPro automatically updates selected artist picture using the most popular picture it finds on internet.
    - Pick from internet: displays all available artwork found on internet. Browse/search using keywords. Select image to save.
    - Pick from Gallery: select picture from the Gallery app.
    - Pick from ID3 tags: displays all embedded artwork for that artist. Select image to save.
    - Clear: clears the picture.
  • Added "Manage illustration" contextual option: manage genre illustration. Several options are offered:
    - Get if for me: PlayerPro automatically updates selected genre illustration using private database.
    - Pick from internet: displays all available illustrations found on internet. Browse/search using keywords. Select image to save.
    - Clear: clears the illustration.
  • Lyrics enhancements: display, search and save lyrics:
    - The option "Search lyrics" has been renamed to "View lyrics".
    - The option "View lyrics" now displays the embedded lyrics (using "unsyncedlyrics" tag).
    - If no embedded lyrics are available, PlayerPro proposes to search for lyrics via the lyrics service (internet).
    - Search/browse lyrics using keywords.
    - To save a lyrics, use the "Save" option from the contextual menu.
    - To search for alternate lyrics, use the "Search" option from the contextual menu.
  • Prefer ID3 artwork: option to always display artowrk from ID3 tag (when available) instead of cached artwork. Useful if you have compilation albums. Applicable to: player view, widgets, lockscreen). Option useful if you have compilation albums.
  • PlayePro Plus (4x2) widget enhancements: complete redesign (much nicer and bigger artwork).
  • PlayerPro Large (4x4) widget enhancements: repeat/shuffle buttons are overlayed on the artwork (gives more space to buttons).
  • Lockscreen enhancements:
    - PlayePro Plus (4x2): complete redesign, both in portrait and landscape mode (much nicer and bigger artwork). Time and date added to lockscreen.
    - PlayerPro Large (4x4): supports gestures.
    - Option to override device volume buttons to control next/prev songs (ala BlackBerry). Useful if you want to switch songs in your pocket. Use long press to control volume.
    - New losckscreen widget: auto unlock. When music is playing, phone auto unlocks. Useful if you want to spare battery but don't want to unlock phone all the time. Dosen't work with pattern/password locks.
    - When unlocking, the last app used is resumed.
  • New gesture: double tap to pause/resume current song. Applies to player view and Large lockscreen.
  • Keep screen on: option to deactivate screen timeout in the player view.
  • Option to trigger refresh of the mediastore.
  • Various bug fixes.


Release v1.16 - 26 Oct 2010

  • Performance improvements:
    - Images in grid view are now loaded asynchronously to avoid choppy/laggy effects on first scroll.
    - All pieces of artwork (album/artist/genre) are now automatically optimized for your device. This leads to faster load time and reduced memory consumption. To fully benefit from this new feature, you need to run (only once) the three "Optimize album/artist/genre" options in the settings menu.
    - Display of artwork in list view is handled faster.
    - Display of album artwork in player view is handled faster. The click through rate is handled more efficiently.
  • New skins: two new color variations of the dark skin, grey and light, are introduced. All three varitions have been designed by Mike Lander. Special thanks to him for this very nice contribution ! If you would like as well to contribute and propose a skin, please contact me.
  • Player album art display options: three options are now available to customize the way the album artwork is displayed in the player view:
    - Normal: album art and reflection full sized.
    - Zoomed (default): album art zoomed.
    - Padded: album art padded.
  • Pick artwork option: it is now possible to pick album artwork and artist pictures from the gallery (sd card).
  • When picking album art from internet, the dimensiosn of the images are now labelled to help in choosing a high quality album artwork.
  • New option to delete all album artwork.
  • New translations: thanks a lot to all crowdin contributors !
  • Various bug fixes.


Release v1.15 - 04 Oct 2010

  • Music folder selection: this new option allows to restrict the music library to a specific folder.
  • Share music service: this new feature is available via the options context menu in the player view. It allows one to send "Listening to XXX by YYY" like notifications via known social networks: twitter, facebook, gmail, picasa, chat etc. The service optionally allows to attach the album artwork, artist picture or audio file of the currently playing song.
  • Full screen option: this new option allows to switch to full screen mode when in player view.
  • Headset "active override" option: this option allows to override headset controls only when PlayerPro is active.
  • Release notes section: a "Release notes" section has been added to the settings section so that you are able to review the new and past features when needed.
  • New translations: translations for german and dutch have been added. Thanks to crowdin "Hidasobu" and "jcassee" users. Please visit crowdin/playerpro project if you would like to participate to a translation group.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes:
    - Force close issue when browsing albums.
    - Updating album art in player mode now cascades to home screen widgets.
    - Empty genres do not show up anymore.
    - Podcast genre is now shown in grid mode.
    - Artist pictures fix for non latin languages.

Release v1.14 - 21 Sep 2010

  • Lock screen enhancements/bug fixes:
    - A new option allows to select the behavior of the audio slider: 1) mute/unmute music OR 2) toggle vibrate/silent on/off.
    - The lock screen wallpaper is no longer stretched (centered instead). Note: live wallpapers are not supported (android limitation).
    - The headset controls no longer cause the lock screen to exit.
    - Lock screen widgets are now transparent.
  • Home screen widgets are now transparent. A "play previous song" button has been added to the 4x1 widget.
  • Gestures support: swiping from right to left on the player album art moves to the next song. Swiping from left to right moves to the previous song.
  • Artwork fetcher enhancements/bug fixes:
    - The album art fetcher is more precise than before.
    - Better support for non latin characters.
    - The album/artist art fetchers no longer try to fetch missing album/artist art each time PlayerPro is restarted.
  • PlayerPro is now translated to Korean and Czech languages. German is also better supported. A big thank you to all crowdin contributors (goodie, d750, Maulwurf, HidaSobu and nato0083).
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