I have written for several technology sites, have tested many headphones from Bose to Beats, and have owned many different iPhones and iPod Touch units. However, it took me until last evening to make a realization that I should have made years ago: The iOS default music player, especially with the equalizer settings, is awful.
I’ve used both Beats and Bose headsets with iOS devices. The Beats Studio Wireless naturally has a lot of bass, so the graphic equalizer settings on my iPod Touch don’t matter too much. Still, I put the equalizer setting on “Rock.” But when I went to test the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling headphones, the sound was sub-par.
One of my colleagues recommended TuneShell, a music player that has a custom graphic equalizer that should have been included with iOS years ago. It’s free if you don’t mind ads. I have been using TuneShell for the past several hours and have incredible guilt (the type a true geek has) for not using this before. The sound is better than it is on Apple’s stock music player, at least with the QuietComfort 25 and my roommate’s Beats Solo headphones.
I really like TuneShell, but it bothers me that Apple, who is known for top quality products and software, has not made their music app this good. Why not offer custom graphic equalizer settings? Samsung does itwith their phones. HTC does it with their phones as well. In a way, one shouldn’t be too surprised; the stock iOS music player is almost as bad as the stock iOS video player.
Why does Apple’s stock video player only play MP4 and H.264 videos? There are other video players you can download on Apple, such as the VLC Player, that play just about every single format. Getting them onto your iOS device is a little inconvenient, but it’s not too difficult. The VLC Player also crashes far less than Apple’s stock video player. But let’s turn our attention back to my main gripe with the iPhone and iPhone Touch–music.
I will still say this: The iPod Touch and the iPhone are better music players than anything Samsung and HTC offers. Apple’s devices offer a more robust sound you can’t get with Samsung or HTC devices, even with the best graphic equalizer settings. However, it’s disappointing to think that the best music device still has the worst stock music player. Hopefully, that will change soon.