I’ve been trying the app out for about 2 weeks. It’s reasonably solid, though with the occasional connection problem (that lost half a star in this review). For me, the iOS app is the *only* way to realistically interact with the software (i.e. I will almost never use the Mac app itself to stream content), so I’d expect the connection to remain solid without fail, every single time. One possible fix, which I have not tested out consistently, is to toggle WiFi. However, there are times when the Mac App itself crashes and needs a restart.
The design of the app itself is also good, without being outstanding. There is a lot of space on the iPad version that does not get used, and there are additional gestural controls that could be brought to bear with little difficulty (this is where the other half a star went). For example:
- when the “now playing” window is expanded from the bottom to full-screen mode, I’d like to be able to simply swipe it down instead of having to tap the little down arrow at the top left.
- Similarly, I’d like to be able to see the high resolution tracks from Qobuz/Tidal right next to the song or album name, not at the far right of the screen.
- I’d like tags on songs with explicit lyrics so I don’t play them when the kids are around.
- The player controls should surface on the iOS lock screen like other apps.
A full star was lost for not being able to easily scrub within a song. Scrubbing to a different position in the track will often cause the app to hang, or move to the next track. This is pretty basic functionality IMO, for us to be discussing in 2020.
Overall, the app - more or less - manages to deliver what’s on the tin. It’s certainly better value for me than its nearest super-over-priced competitor whose name rhymes with room. Overall, I will probably end up buying the Mac app when my trial ends. Expect an update, if not.