The BlackBerry OS10 Music app plays FLAC files! I think I may be in love…
Well, I guess that’s going a bit far. But this is the first device I’ve come across that didn’t need a third-party app to handle the only audio format anyone should be using at this late date. It means that I can use the BlackBerry Z10 as a music player without constantly transcoding my bit-perfect CD rips to lossy, dull-sounding MP3.
Apart from that, I like the way the BB10 player handles my JPG cover art. Many players insist that you add the cover as metadata to every single file, a really stupid approach. (What happens if you come across a better image?) On the downside, the BB10 player is a bit finicky about recognizing JPG covers. This may have something to do with how files are tagged, but if you simply name all cover images folder.jpg there’s no problem.
Of course, the Music app isn’t the last word. It’s got a playlist editor of sorts, but there seems to be nothing like an equalizer. (The default sound is good, fortunately. But cheaper headphones can usually benefit from a bit of tweaking.) Also, only internal files are supported. Much as I like the default player, I’ll be looking out for something like BSplayer, which I use on Android to access my entire music library via Windows (Samba) shares on my server.
Again, bravo to BlackBerry (the company). The default BB10 Music app sets the bar just about where it needs to be. Third-party apps have lots of room to add features, but the core functionality is available out of the box.