Experience your music differently with Marvis Music Player

Marvis features a simple mini-player at the bottom of the screen once it begins playing a song, but it doesn’t lack features. Users are able to see the song name, full album info, and control skipping/rewinding by swiping left and right on the bar or tapping the play and pause button. Tapping on the mini player brings up the full playback screen, where you can scrub the audio bar and toggle shuffle and repeat if needed.

 

When the app is launched for the first time, you’ll probably find yourself on the Artists view. If you prefer to view your music by playlist, songs, albums, or genre, then you can switch by tapping on the tabs at the top of the screen or swiping horizontally. Personally, I think having this bar at the bottom would make more sense if you are trying to navigate the app with one hand on an 6 or 6 Plus, due to the larger screen size. Still, having the tabs laid out in front of you is faster than choosing the filter from a drop down in Ecoute, at least. When you find the album or song you want to listen to, just tap on it and Marvis begins playing it.

 

In terms of visuals, Marvis looks great with a sleek interface. The app focuses on having a flat look and feel to it while also having plenty of transparency and blurring effects in the background with album art. All of your music will be neatly organized by five categories: Playlists, Artists, Songs, Albums, and Genre. Marvis has rather large buttons that make it easy to control playback, and navigating the app is fairly simple and straightforward, though it can feel a bit cluttered at times, especially when compared to the competition. Still, Marvis has a slick appearance that should appeal to anyone who enjoys transparency and blurs. The app is fast and responsive, which is a bonus.

 

In an age where it seems that streaming music is all the rage, some people still have tunes stored locally on their device from iTunes (or even iTunes Match), including myself. While I mostly stream my music from Rdio these days, sometimes I just can’t find what I want on the service (and others). When this situation arises, I turn to my local iTunes library, which has a lot of indie game soundtracks, J-Pop, and other fun stuff. My music player app of choice for this task has always been Ecoute, but I am always open to trying out new options, so I was intrigued by what Marvis had to offer.

 

Marvis Music Player (Free) by Aditya Rajveer is a music player with unique design and some interesting new features that make your music listening experience easier. It is similar to other apps already on the market, such as Ecoute and Stringer.

The Best iPhone and Applications for Time Management

It doesn’t matter who you are or how you earn a living, you probably have difficulty with time management. Even those who try and run their lives like clockwork can have trouble staying on task, being prompt and remembering the things they must complete every day. There are numerous different reasons this is true. The biggest reason for it is that, thanks to tablets and smart phones, we’ve got a wide variety of distractions at our fingertips that are just begging for our attentions every day. In the following article we are going to teach you how to use your iPhone or iPad as one tool for time management rather than as a time management unit of destruction.

Download and install Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that works with cell phones, tablets and on computers as well. It’s one of those “read later” apps that can help you save time. How many times, during your day, do you find fascinating sites or articles that you really want to read but don’t have time to really look at? And how frequently have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you failed to think you would remember the article or site later so you read or explored it right then? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other applications to allow you to save all of those links so that you can read it at a later time. All the links you save are stored in one primary account. This makes it easy to use any device you prefer (laptop, tablet or phone) to catch up on those hyperlinks when you actually have the time for them.

Wunderlist is one of the better applications. It is your usual to-do list application but it hasn’t been dragged down by all sorts of graphics or sophisticated interfaces. You could sit down with this software every day and enter all of the things you want to accomplish. The software is free of charge. In addition to being easy to use, it is easy to sync with numerous devices. If you’re able to train yourself to check your application as often as you check your email, you’ll find it easier to keep yourself on task.

Everynote is actually convenient. It gives you a central location through which you can actually organize your random thoughts, your downloads, your photographs, your emails and more. It can be synced between devices–including a personal computer–and is extremely easy to integrate with other apps like Wunderlist. The only real downside of this app is that it is not absolutely free. It is possible to pay $5 monthly for a monthly subscription or you can spend $45 and get a year’s worth of service.

Agenda is the must have calendar application. This is true for all types of different reasons but the major reason you need this is you could sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes managing your calendar a lot easier if you’re somebody with a PC and an iPhone because you only have to type in your information into one place and then you can access it on any device you want. In addition, it’s really pretty.

The variety of time management programs available for downloading is very large. These are the best of them but a little bit of research will generate lots of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author