Sunday, June 28, 2015

App Review: Lantern Music-Sahen Rai

Lantern Music, like many of the apps I like, is quite simple. It does things like most other music apps just as well, but really; that's all I need.

My favorite part about Lantern Music is its simplicity. As you all probably know by now, i'm a huge fan of material design. In my search for a good music player with material design, I came upon Lantern. Yes, I could have just used Google Play Music. But the difference between the two, is that Lantern just lets me get to the music I want right away. Play Music on the other hand, makes me have to look for it. While this may not be a feature of Lantern itself, it certainly acts like one to me.

Of course Lantern does have some features itself. The app allows you to set its built-in gestures to do different things

for example, dragging out the play/pause ball is set on my app to bring up the now-playing screen

These gestures are simple, but go a long way in simplifying navigation of the app. To be honest, at this point they've become second nature. They really show what I like about Lantern. It puts my music in front, and not tons of other settings and content I really don't need.

In addition to the above gestures, Lantern also includes a simple theme picker, and support for Chromecast. Choosing your theme is as simple as swiping

and looking for a color combination that suits you. Chromecast support also works pretty simply, and all you really need to do is get out your Chromecast, enable it in settings, and stream!

Like I said before, Lantern is not for the people that listen to podcasts, hate material design, or like having an extremely fully-featured music player. But for anyone that wants an no-nonsense music player with good design, Lantern is for you.


- Good Design

- Simple Features

- Music is first


- Not for those that want lots of features

Tried out Lantern for yourself? Let me know what you think about it on Twitter @masala_tech, and remember to always keep things spicy!

By Sahen Rai