Beat is a cloud storage music streamer with support for Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and SkyDrive. It's free with ads or you can pay to remove the ads.
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Pro Straightforward interface
You simply browse through the folders on your Dropbox and select which folders or songs you want to play or add to the playlist.
Play controls along with album art and track title are always available at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on album art or track title will open up the play queue allowing you to adjust it. You can rearrange songs simply by dragging them and remove songs by swiping them away.
A swipe from the left side of the screen gives access to shortcuts that allow you quickly jump between folders and a swipe from the right - to settings.
Pro Can precache next song so you don't have to wait for it to buffer
By default the app will load the next song in queue into cache while the current song is playing so there's no downtime between songs. You can turn off this behaviour in settings if you want to and you can adjust cache limit if you're worried about filling up your device.
Pro Includes a floating widget that allows you to access music controls from anywhere
You can have a small circular widget that floats atop any app you have open. When you tap on the widget it will open music controls.
The floating widget will stick to the side of the screen, but you can change which side and at what heights it will stick to. And you can change the position of the widget at any time simply by dragging it to the desired place.
Pro Customizable appearance
Things like theme, text size, placeholder images, list style, swipe animations and a bunch of other small tweaks can be made to the app to both change the look and feel of it.
Pro Can automatically download album art
Pro Built in EQ
The app has a 5-point EQ with bass boost slider and loudness toggle. It comes with a presets for various genres of music and allows creating custom presets.
Pro Comes with a widget
The app includes a simple square widget that shows album art, track title and transport controls.
Con Won't organize your music for you
Beat deals with files and folders. It won't organize your music based on things like artist, album, song, genre or composer automatically.
Con Not a looker
The app uses a mismatch of styles and strong colors.