EZ Tunes

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Music player uses big buttons to simplify but is flawed.

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Educational Value

EZ Tunes wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Switching between songs and albums is easy with large buttons. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The app does display album cover art, which might contain sexual imagery. 

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Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that EZ Tunes is a music playing app that simplifies the iOS music player. Kids, including kids with special needs, can more easily change songs or albums thanks to large, color-coordinated buttons. Album art is displayed, so depending on the music, there could be some inappropriate imagery, but that's dependent on the music the child or parent loads up.

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What's it about?

Users can listen to and change music selections from a single screen, rather than having to jump back and forth between pages on their iOS device. Three buttons are used to play music and make selections: A green or red one on top will play or stop a song; yellow (in the middle) skips to the next song; and blue (on the bottom) skips to the next album.

Is it any good?

EZ Tunes is a good idea. Kids with special needs, including autism, will benefit from the simple selection system (as will people who hate jumping back and forth through the iOS play option pages). Unfortunately, it has some fatal flaws -- the  biggest of which is that the "Stop" button does not appear in iOS 6, so there's no way to stop the music, short of advancing to another album. 

That's a fixable bug, but an especially annoying one. The lack of a "back" button is also a bit frustrating, though that's a bit more forgivable, since it could clutter the app's intentionally minimalist design. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: music
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 24, 2012
  • Category: Music
  • Size: 0.10 MB
  • Publisher: Neil Norman
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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