Quality music players are far and few between on the iPad—especially ones with an interesting twist. Enter BeatBlaster for iPad. Born from the collaboration between mobile conception, development agency AppConcept, and communication and design agency StagLabel, it recreates the look and feel of those old Hi-Fi sound systems with stunning graphics, head-turning design and an assortment of useful features. First up, it plays your existing music, but it also lets you access lyrics, get detailed information about the artist, and more.

Moreover, the view switches to a new mode that animates huge speaker graphics when you play a favorite song. If you are really last century, you will like a turntable mode that spins vinyl records for the right mood. We also love visually flipping through CD jewel cases in the music library—a seemingly effective solution for sorting through huge libraries. Not everything about BeatBlaster is about looks, though.

BeatBlaster for iPad works well with the free companion BeatBlaster Remote app that connects wirelessly with your tablet over Bluetooth. Why is that cool, you ask? Well, how about docking your iPad to a home stereo system to control it from across the room using an iPhone? Better yet, hook up BeatBlaster to supported AV receivers through AirPlay for true cables-free nirvana. BeatBlaster will set you back three bucks and is available now from the App Store.

More information and screenies are below.

BeatBlaster for iPad

• Equalizer and speaker (based on the track’s volume) • Background support (iPod and web radio) • Search your iPod library by song, artist or album • Discover new songs thanks to Radionomy web radios’ catalogue, which include a featured and a top 25 section

• Browse web radios by type or search by artist or keyword. • Put a web radio in the “favorite” section to launch it faster. • AirPlay support

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• Player – It is the brain of the app, from where you can control everything. Switch from iPod to radio mode, adapt the volume, seek, enjoy the equalizer, follow the lyrics, and get information about the artist

• Turntable – For those of you who loved to watch your vinyls spinning on your turntable, we reproduced with fidelity this old school way to enjoy music.

• Speaker – That is where the sound comes from. We managed to make it move in sync with your iPod and web radio sound.

• Library – Where you will find your CD collection (Music synced with iTunes) and a variety of high quality web radios.

• Remote – Put your iPad on a docking station, launch the BeatBlaster and sit back on your couch. From there, use the “BeatBlaster Remote” to play music, go to the previous or the next song, change from radio to iPod mode or adapt the volume. “BeatBlaster Remote” is available free on the App Store for your iPhone or your iPod Touch.


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