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Friday, 1 May 2009

PowerMP3 fixes AAC playback but doesn't read playlists right

PowerMP3 beta for Symbian S60 3rd ed.
PowerMP3 plays mp3, ogg, aac, and mp4 files, and m3u playlists too. It has a sleeptimer, an equaliser, and an "exclude" option for small files and files of low bitrate (to keep your ringtones out of your music library). It shows album art, and it can download album art for you. It is the best mp3 player for Symbian, but that doesn't mean the program is exceptionally good. It simply reflects the fact that all other music playback programs for Symbian are exceptionally bad.

PowerMP3 sorts your music by mp3 tag like Symbian's own music player, and it plays folders the way LCG Jukebox does. Unfortunately PowerMP3 still doesn't know how to read m3u playlists that it didn't generate itself. If you've made m3u playlists with WinAmp or edited them with Symbian's built-in music player, PowerMP3 refuses to pick up the changes, and it ignores songs if the names contain characters like ã, é, ç, etc. So if your playlists have french or brazilian music, don't expect PowerMP3 to play them right.

The latest PowerMP3 update fixes an .aac file playback bug, but its playlist handling got even worse. The latest version won't get the sort order right, which is very annoying if you made a playlist that runs from slow and quiet to fast and loud or the other way 'round.

PowerMP3 is still in beta testing, and you can use the test versions for free. So get a copy before Mobifactor starts asking money. If you try to install the latest version of PowerMP3 on top of an older version and it doesn't work, try uninstalling the older version first. If the old version refuses to go away just switch your phone off and back on.

PowerMP3 v1.10 at Mobile Castle

If you don't like version 1.10, there are plenty of older versions to try.


Hadi E said...

It still doesn't catalog my *.AAC files. (all of them created using Nokia PC suite)
Am I missing something?

symbian underground said...

Maybe the fix doesn't work on every phone model?

Hadi E said...

Actually I don't remember PowerMP3 ever played AAC on my phone!