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Meet Soor, a gorgeous new music player with full Apple Music support

Soor is an Apple Music app that's even better than Apple's.

While it may not be as popular as competitors like Spotify, Apple Music is still a solid music subscription service with a dedicated audience, which includes people like me. However, while the service is pretty good (at least I think so), the Apple Music app itself always leaves something to be desired.

Enter Soor (pronounced Sur; it's Hindi for melody/note), the new music player app that is the first fully-featured, third-party music app that fully integrates with the entire Apple Music catalog. That's right — this is unlike any music player app you've tried before.

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Please note that in order to use Soor, you need an active subscription to Apple Music.

The flaws of the default Apple Music app

I enjoy using Apple Music, but let's face it — the app itself isn't great, and the why mostly boils down to the user experience. Most interactions, like search, require several taps through various menus. Navigating through each section also requires separate taps, plus scrolling vertically gets tiresome.

Additionally, it seems that you usually lose your Library position in a song when coming back to it later, which always irks me. There's also no dark mode, and I don't want to see a blinding white screen when wanting to listen to my tunes in the dark.

Needless to say, Apple Music as a service is good, but the app can hinder the experience.

So what does Soor improve on?

Soor light, gray, black themes on iPhone XS

Soor basically builds on top of Apple Music by using it as a foundation. Again, you will need an active Apple Music subscription in order to use Soor at all, and even though Soor costs a whopping $10, it's well worth it.

Think of Soor as a fresh new face for Apple Music. Once it indexes your library (this takes anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on its size), you can access everything in your Library, as well as the Apple Music catalog.

There's also only one main Home view, which you can customize with sections, including Playlists, Recently Added, Hot Tracks, Top Playlists, New Releases, Top Songs, Recently Played, and For You. If you want to customize the Home screen, just tap on the settings gear in the top right and select Home Sections. You can pick-and-choose what sections to include, and even rearrange their order with drag-and-drop.

When you have a few sections in Home, more views are consolidated to a single screen so you see more, and if you want to expand a section to view more, all you need to do is tap on the button for each area. I find this method to be faster and easier to navigate with than Apple Music's default navigation tabs, and it requires fewer taps too.

Pull to Reach

Soor Pull to Reach gesture

One of my favorite things about Soor is the intuitive Pull to Reach gesture. Since our phones just seem to be getting bigger and bigger, they become harder to use with just one hand. Pull to Reach aims to fix that.

To activate this gesture, just swipe down and then left or right to traverse across the top buttons and initiate actions. If you change your mind, just pull upwards.

I did encounter some glitches with it. One time it seemed to not like that I couldn't make up my mind and crashed. There are also some visual bugs. Still, the convenience when it works is super intuitive and means less fumbling around on your giant phone.

Universal Search

In Apple Music, if you want to search for something, you need to exit out of whatever view you're in and go to the separate Search section. It works, but isn't the greatest experience, because you can't just access it from anywhere.

Soor solves this by providing users with a search function that can be accessed no matter where you are in the app. To access it quickly, use the Pull to Reach gesture, or just tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

You can search through your local library or the full Apple Music catalog, and results are displayed in a visually pleasing manner. Another bonus is that Soor stores your past 100 searches for quick access.

Interactive Drag-and-Drop

Soor multiple drag-and-drop interface

Drag-and-drop isn't a new thing, but Soor pushes it further with a much more natural flow. With Soor's interactive drag-and-drop, you can add just one or multiple items to a playlist, current queue, likes, share, and much more.

If you're frustrated with how Apple Music handles certain features with excessive taps and menus, then Soor may be more to your liking.

Themes!

Lastly, while I don't mind the white backgrounds during the day, Apple Music is blinding to look at during nighttime. I'm grateful that Soor includes three theme options: Light, Dark, and Black.

Light is just like the default Apple Music theme, with the white background. Dark features gray, and Black is perfect for the rich and true blacks of OLED screens. My personal favorite is black, as it provides the most contrast.

Final thoughts

Soor isn't perfect, but it's definitely a lot better than the default Apple Music app. I've been testing it out for the past week, and it's replacing the default Apple Music app for me. I love having access to my entire music library from this app, and it looks so much better than Apple's own app with the themes, feels more natural with the gestures, and consolidates everything into one screen for easy navigation.

If you've been wanting a better way to experience Apple Music, give this app a try.

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Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.

12 Comments
  • Sounds great! But...what about privacy issues? Is my data being sent to them and/or sold etc.? Thank you!
  • The developer says that everything in Soor is done through Apple's APIs for Apple Music. No data is collected about your listening history.
  • Wow! That is remarkably expensive for a buggy app. Would love to try it, but not at that price. Let us know when it goes on sale or offers a trial period.
  • Apps aren't priced based on how buggy they are, plus any version 1.0 app usually is buggy. Apps are priced based on what they do and the effort it took to make the app. There are apps that cost a lot more that were just as buggy on release, these issues will get fixed. It would be good to be able to trial the app out though, the App Store has never had native trial functionality but many devs either create 2 apps or create a free app with an In-App Purchase
  • Yes, I would like to try it too and 10$ is a bit much.
    How do you know it's buggy? Christine mentions it's not perfect but that does not necessarily translate to buggy.
  • That is my thinking. Not perfect probably means It won't satisfy everyone. But if I'm going to spend 10 bucks, I'm going to wait a few months and revisit this app. Those hard core Apple Music fans will sure to have dissected this app to know if it is worth 10 bucks or anything approaching it.
  • Based on the reviews, screenshots/videos and through what people are saying on Twitter, I felt like it was worth the 10$. After trying it out myself I'm still of that opinion, but then again to me it's not that much money. Especially when I consider how much work has gone into making the app, the attention to detail, and the percentage Apple takes out of sales.
  • The app is intriguing, no doubt.
  • Christine did mention glitches and bugs. More to the point, it's marketed as a full solution, but it's lacking a lot of deal-breaker features I rely on... a feed of what friends are listening to, releases organized by type, among other things. Can you browse by genre, for instance? That genre page matters to me. It sounds like it's fine for quick playback use, but not good for discovery. If it was half the price, I'd totally try it for just playing my collection. This piece doesn't go very deep, macstories did a much better job, read it before you buy: https://www.macstories.net/reviews/soor-a-third-party-apple-music-client...
  • Glitches and bugs happen with any new app, but you're right in saying it is marketed as a full solution whereas it's not really. It's most likely going to get the missing features in future updates. What it has at the moment, works really well, so it'd be great to see the missing features come to the app. I think it's definitely an app to keep an eye on.
  • Any know if Apple CarPlay is in the developers future plans?
  • Was hoping it would be $5 or $7. Paying $10 for only using Dark mode is a bit of a tough pill to swallow. I am gonna wait until WWDC to see if paying that amount is worth it.