May 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

NavMusic Adds Scant Driving Features to iPhone’s Music Player

main menu navmusicNavMusic, developed by Justin Pashley because he “found the bundled iPod application a little hard to control when driving,” provides only a little improvement over Apple’s iPod app.

Essentially, this app is just a white-on-black version of the native black-on-white iPod app, which makes helps you glance at it while driving at night without causing a temporary blind spot in your vision due to the screen brightness.

In addition, as with many of the other listening-while-driving apps we’ve seen, NavMusic ($1) or NavMusic Lite (free) from Soft Objects lets you swipe a finger across the screen in order to adjust volume and skip songs. (The difference between the two versions is that the Lite version has to scan your library each time it opens.)

navmusic albums landscapeHowever, swiping from left to right returns one to the previous song, while swiping right to left skips to the next — the opposite of what we’ve come to expect from these apps.

As such we’re hard-pressed to recommend Nav Music, unless you’re really used to the native iPod app interface, and don’t want to learn something new. In that case, Nav Music fits the bill perfectly, this odd navigation foible aside.

There is one bonus, however — NavMusic supports Apple AirPlay, so if you eventually score a car stereo that works with that wireless protocol, you’ll have another way to play your music over your car stereo (in addition to Bluetooth or a wire).

  • Justin

    Nav music was written to enhance the
    iPods already great user interface, by making it easier to select
    tracks whilst driving with the innovative ‘first letter’ selector,
    full library access when in landscape, and swipeable volume/next/previous control, so it’s unsurprising that it looks so
    familiar. 

    FYI you can change the swipe direction in the settings menu.