Ecoute 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Ecoute 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Ecoute by Louka Desroziers and Julien Sagot of PixiApps used to be my fav third-party iPhone music player – MacStories editor Federico Viticci even named it his best iOS music player following its August 2012 debut.

A couple other alternative music players have been released since, most recently the gesture-based Beat and the $1.99 Panamp (formerly Couch Music Player).

This past weekend, PixiApps have piqued my interest all over again with Ecoute 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch, a major rethinking of the software with iOS 7-optimized appearance, song scrobbling via Last.fm and more…

Here’s a quick recap of why Ecout matters.

Ecout’s user interface automatically switches into night mode as the brightness of the screen decreases, as can be seen on the screenies top and bottom, but you can also force the night mode in settings.

It’s compatible with iTunes Match and AirPlay and is heavy on gestures, like the aforementioned Beats.

In addition to Last.fm scrobbling, you can shout out the currently playing song to Twitter or Facebook. Scrobbling occurs automatically and in the background, also sending now playing updates if needed.

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Folks still on iOS 6 will be delighted to know that Ecoute will scrobble your tracks as soon as the app becomes active. For those unfamiliar with Last.fm, it’s a great service that builds your music profile and lets you share your music tastes with your friends or the web at large.

Unlike Apple’s stock Music app, the well-designed Ecoute also supports features like Shuffle by Albums and Play Next.

The app can help you navigate your music by grouping your content based on Artists, Albums, Composers, Genres, Playlists, Compilations, Songs and Audiobooks.

The cover art view (below) is very nice and functional.

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I’ve always loved Ecoute and this update has made me fall in love with it, all over again.

The app looks business and feels right at home in iOS 7. That it’s sleek, fast, grabs the lyrics from the web and scrobbles my songs to Last.fm all make for a nice topping on an already scrumptious cake.

If you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to move the stock Music app into my ‘Apple’ folder and put Ecoute in the Dock.

Ecoute costs three bucks in the App Store.

The 3MB download supports any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6 or later.

Developers confirmed that Ecoute for iPad and Ecoute 3.0 for OS X are in the works.

  • Guest

    Looks nice, I’ll try this app out.

  • Prasoon Singh

    Why pay money for a music app? Beat music player is free and it’s really cool.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      To have a bit of variety. I have many different music apps including this one. I don’t know why though but for some reason I prefer the iOS 6 design…

    • jlb1705

      Beat crashes on startup for me. I’ve been trying it for weeks and It has never worked on my iPhone 4S.

      I don’t need an app like Groove that creates playlists based on music from my collection that I might like. (What’s the point of that feature anyway – who out there wastes valuable storage space on their device with songs they *don’t* like?) I don’t need an app like Splyce that creates playlists based on BPM. I’m perfectly capable of creating my own playlists.

      I enjoy listening to full albums, but I don’t want to listen to them in the same order every time. Ecoute supports shuffling by album – something that no full-featured music player I’ve found from the post-iOS 4 era does. It allows me to go into my smart playlist of 2013 albums, set it to play, dock it on my desk, and it takes me through the entire work day. It’s perfect, and it’s what I’ve been searching for for months.

      It was an easy decision to spend $3 on this app because of that feature alone. I would have gladly spent more.

  • NaSty

    I actually bought this, this morning, it isn’t too bad. I would like a few changes though. I’d be nice to see what’s in our ‘Play Next’ playlist and be able to move songs around in the queue. Also it’d be nice to have Artists, Songs, Albums at the bottom for easier access.

  • Frank Anthony

    Apple music app and radio is still the best for me and will stick to it. All ’em music app should just give up or maybe help/target other OS/companies like Nokia/Windows really…

  • harit7

    Really good to see a dark theme here.
    Way easier on the eyes.

  • Zac

    Groove does this and is free.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Army of the Pharaohs … alright, alright. Thumbs up.