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FTouch Music Player Android app hits a few sour notes

by Tim McLain

There's no shortage of free music players for our Droids. FTouch Music Player enters a crowded field this fall with clean-looking interface, adding a welcome overlay to your stored MP3 collection that makes it easy to view album art; look up lyrics online; shuffle, play, or listen to recent tracks; along with sorting tools to find tracks by singers, songs or albums.

Comparing FTouch to the stock music app on my phone, there's nothing the newcomer can do that the old one can't. That said, I do like the color and organization of the FTouch menus. Style points alone warrant an "install and try" recommendation.

One concern is the lack of an auto-pause feature when picking up an incoming call. My caller was able to clearly hear the track I was listening to while my Droid faithfully multi-tasked both apps. Annoying? Yes. Here's hoping this gets fixed in a future version.

There's room for improvement, and with the addition of added features to distinguish itself from other music players, FTouch might find a welcome home on our crowded devices one day soon.