The Music app on iOS does a decent job as the default app for Apple Music, but there are a lot of areas where it could use some improvements. Since it shows songs that you purchased via iTunes and the songs available via Apple Music, it feels like the Music app isn’t doing a great job of highlighting either thing. We’ve often felt that the Music app could do with a revamp to focus more on music discovery via Apple Music. Enter Soor, an iOS app made in India, which does several things that Music should by default.
Soor is an app designed from the ground up to focus on Apple Music. It uses a single-page interface that puts the focus entirely on music discovery. There are no separate tabs for search or discovery — everything is on one page and you can rearrange the order to put certain elements at the top. It uses a clever variation of the pull-to-refresh gesture seen in many iOS apps. Soor lets you pull to search and pull further to quickly open app settings. This feels intuitive and is a nice alternative to tapping the search icon. It also features a dark mode.
Soor has been developed by one person — Mumbai-based iOS developer Tanmay Sonawane, who’s also developed apps such as VeroSMS and Wdgts. Sonawane told Gadgets 360 that Apple Music opening the Library page by default was one of the biggest issues he faced with the stock app.
“A major issue with Apple Music for me was I was finding difficult to discover new music. What used to happen is it showed songs in your library by default when you open the app. I ended up playing whatever was on the home screen,” Sonawane said.
Apple Music’s “For You” and “Browse” tabs focus on music discovery, but the default tab that opens whenever you open the app is Library, which highlights recently added songs. This is at the heart of Soor. “As soon as you open Soor, you are shown the new stuff (Apple Music curator picks). The discoverability function is much faster now.”
Sonawane said he’s targeting the US and Europe primarily and that he doesn’t expect the app to succeed in India. This is completely understandable given iOS’ low market share in India. “India is a country where people think 10 times before buying an app. I don’t think India is even going to be a market. Buying a $10 app in India…” he said, laughing.
Post-launch, an iPad app for Soor is on the horizon, along with Last.fm integration, Sonawane told Gadgets 360.
Soor is out now on the App Store. You need an Apple Music subscription to use the app.