Listening to Music

Music makes the world go 'round.

That adage has been around for a while—probably as long as music. So it only makes sense for a device billed as a one-stop source for both communications and entertainment to have some type of music application. The Android phone does have a music application. It's not an iTunes or Windows Media application, but it's still useful and very functional. It's also deceptively simple: Although the music application (shown in Figure 8.1) looks simplistic, it does a good job.

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Although it looks simple, the Android phone's music application gives you good sound and access to music formats that aren't available on an iPod or iPhone.

FIGURE 8.1_

Although it looks simple, the Android phone's music application gives you good sound and access to music formats that aren't available on an iPod or iPhone.

The Android phone's music application is also more flexible than those available on other mobile devices and supports a variety of music formats, including these:

Android also has a partnership with Amazon.com. Amazon provides Android-based phones with access to the Amazon MP3 marketplace. That means you can download songs directly from Amazon to your device for a low price. But we cover that in the "Putting Music on Your Device" section, later in the chapter. For now, let's look at how the music application works.

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