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iTagPlayer 1.0 Review

Organize, display and play music by tag and category on your iPhone.

There are quite a few music apps for the iPhone - apps that allow you to play your music, create playlists or download music differently than you would in iTunes or the Music app. However, few of those apps offer anything unique or different from Apple's built-in tools. iTagPlayer manages to do so, albeit in a limited package. However, despite its limitations, iTagPlayer is worth checking out because of the unique way it presents your music.

When you turn on iTagPlayer for the first time, it starts scanning your music for tags related to the genres of that music. This takes some time to do and may continue for 10 or 15 minutes depending on the size of your music library. However, the fact that the app is registered to play DRM tracks (it is powered by Last.fm), has access to an online database to accurately tag your music and provides so much data about those tracks is all very impressive. And while the tagging process takes a while, the app will play music even while it is still scanning. Tap a tag in the cloud or choose one from the chart screen and songs will start playing from that category. Actual play mechanics are limited, you can't correct the tagging, and whenever you tap a category it takes some time to start playing, but for parties or simply to explore your own collection, it is a fun app.

While iTagPlayer likely won't replace any of your other music playing apps, it is a fun way to look at your music collection in a visual way. If you are eager to learn more about the tags on your collection and explore music you may not realize you have, try this app out.

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