Listen for iPhone adds a fistful of gestures to your music player

Listen is a new music player for iPhone – version 2.0.1 no less, must have missed version 1.0! – that promises a unique experience to getting your tunes. The developers describe Listen as "A music player you can use without looking at," since there's zero buttons in the user interface. Everything is gesture driven. Everything.

A series of taps, swipes and drags controls all music playback in Listen. To select an album for example from the now playing screen, you hold the current albums artwork and swipe down to the bottom of the display, then scroll through your full library to find what you're looking for. Holding the album artwork and dragging it around other areas of the screen gives you skip track features, and even access to the AirPlay and sharing menus.

One of the nice things I found with Listen is that your entire iTunes library is available through it. Even your iTunes in the Cloud music. It definitely has a unique appearance to it, with large circles housing the album artwork, and otherwise everything is as minimal as it can be.

I'm not sure it's the one for me, but that's not to say it won't find a receptive audience elsewhere. The demo in the video up top of it being used in a car is one such use case. It's a free download, no in-app purchases to worry about, so go ahead and give it a try. If you take the plunge, be sure to come back and let me know what you think of it.

Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

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Antron says:

No "turn off iTunes in the cloud" option?

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Richard Devine says:

Presumably it's hooking into your iPhone music app somehow. So you'd need to turn it off in the main settings app

Antron says:

Thanks for the tip. I checked and I have "show all music" switched to off. The app my show all automatically.

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Galley says:

The app must also support this setting. Most don't. Groove and Last.fm, do.

joebromley says:

It's not new, it disappeared after version one and then reappeared with different developers.

It isn't the one for me.

Smartplayer is the best music alt

asuperstarr says:

Nice design...

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iGeneration4 says:

I'm really liking this "gesture" music apps, but I found this one kind of exaggerated in a way... I don't know how to explain it, also I don't like that its connected to the music app of my iPhone. I personally used SoundFocus which is great, it has EQ and sound enhancements for every ear. Looking for a new and refreshed iOS7 like UI I found Beat, is like this one but I kind of like it better. I'll say do the same as I did, check them both and then tell me, which you like better. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beat-music-player/id605037069?mt=&at=10l...

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