Modizer

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Description of App: 

Modizer is a multiformat modules & chiptunes player which allows you to listen to computers and consoles music (C64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Amiga, PC, GB, GBA, NES, SNES, N64, SMS, Genesis/Megadrive, PcEngine, PSX, Saturn, Dreamcast, ...).
Modizer provides also high quality MIDI playback.
Minimum requirement is a device running iOS 6.0 or more.
Optimized for retina display.

Based on multiple high quality playback engines and using either the FTP server, the builtin WEB browser or the integrated Modland, HVSC & ASMA databases you can discover or listen again to the best music from the videogames (8/16bits era) and demoscene history.

Discover some real gems from famous people like Chris Huelsbeck, Jochen Hippel, Purple Motion, Lizardking, Audiomonster or Rob Hubbard, ...

Main features:
-Large compatibility (more than 400 formats) thanks to multiple playback engines : Amiga and PC modules, Atari ST/Amstrad CPC, C64, Nintendo/Sega/Nec/Sony and even more ...
-Midi + Lyrics support (info screen).
-Direct internet access to Modland, HVSC & ASMA collections.
-Built-in Web browser allowing FTP/HTTP downloads, bookmarks and support of ZIP,GZ,LZH & RAR archives.
-Built-in FTP server over WIFI connection : upload your music files with a simple FTP client.
-Airplay
-Playlists support.
-Archives support : zip, gz, lha/lzh, 7z, rar, rsn.
-Cover support (png/jpg/gif). Covers can be downloaded within Modizer using the webbrowser & 2 fingers tap on an image.
-"Coverflow" like effect in landscape.
-Search function (in local files/playlists/Modland/HVSC).
-Rating & play counter of files.
-Multiple visualisations : patterns, 2D&3D spectrums, oscilloscopes, ...
-Background playback & remote controller.
-Highly configurable behaviour.

Review by Toucharcade: http://toucharcade.com/2010/10/02/modizer-its-not-a-game-but-it-sure-sou...

Disclaimer:
Internet accesses to the Modland, HVSC & ASMA libraries are provided as an as-is service,
guarantee for availability and/or functionality is not given.
Use this application at your own risk.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

2.5

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

9.2.1, 9.3

Accessibility Comments: 

There is a large number of unlabelled buttons on the now playing screen, which I'm guessing are used to control the visualisation effects as they do nothing when pressed. The Repeat button is labeled as "Loop", while the buttons to rate a song in your library start out as dashes and change into stars when you press them. The most important controls to rewind, play/pause and fast forward are labelled correctly. The only button that's unlabelled but can be useful is the very first one you see when flicking, and it opens the complete list of files that are currently loaded into the playlist. The controls in other sections of the app, like the local and on-line file browsers, the search feature, and the settings, are all labeled and work beautifully.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

This app is really good at handling a lot of formats correctly. More specifically I tested it with various .nsf files from the Famicompo competition, which most players on the Mac like VLC don't play correctly because they don't support all of the expansion chips. Modizer had no problems with this. Having access to modland and HVSC is also very useful as they are the largest collections of chip tunes On-line, so getting more files into the app is very easy.

Modizer's source is available on Github so perhaps someone who knows more than me about working with xCode could look into fixing the button labels.