Vinyls is a new music app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that's full of whimsy

Vinyls Mac App Screenshot
Vinyls Mac App Screenshot (Image credit: Shihab Mehboob)

What you need to know

  • Vinyls is a new music player that looks like no other.
  • Users can scrub the on-screen vinyl to seek back and forth through the song.

Apple ships every iPhone, iPad, and Mac with an app for playing music but that doesn't mean that it's the only option. Vinyls is a new music app that does things a little differently – including the way it looks and works.

For starters, it has a big vinyl record that you can scrub to seek back and forth through a song. You can't do that with Apple's Music app!

Vinyls is a beautiful music player built with iOS design guidelines in mind. There are no complicated user accounts or settings to configure, so you can start listening to your music right away. ​> It also displays a spinning vinyl with a tone arm that animates in and out when playing and pausing. The arm makes its way towards the centre of the disc and appropriately aligns itself with the current playback time. The disc can also be 'scrubbed' to seek forwards and backwards, and long-pressed for further actions.

Pulling music from your library, including Apple Music, Vinyls has access to all of your playlists and artwork, so it looks and sounds awesome. But there's more to the app than just the music, including some lovely animations.

Key features:

  • Beautiful interface
  • Gorgeous animations
  • Brilliant gestures (swipe up/down to view/dismiss lists and view details)
  • Scrub the vinyl to seek forwards and backwards
  • AirPlay support
  • Widgets
  • iPad multi-window support
  • Vast array of app tints
  • Alternative app icons
  • Dark mode support
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Many accessibility settings

You can download Vinyls from the App Store now. It sells for $3.99 and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Now that you have the perfect app for listening to your music, it's time to bag some great noise-canceling headphones to go with it!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.