The complete guide to the ASUS Music app
Use the ZenFone and music to soothe your savage beast.
Whatever mood you’re in, the ZenFone comes loaded with a music app to easily complement your frame of mind. With it you can have absolute control over your tunes and music library.
If you can’t find the Music app, it is likely tucked away in the ASUS folder on your app screen. Once opening it with a tap, users are taken to the default Album view. This will show all of the music loaded onto the ZenFone locally or onto its microSD memory card slot. Tapping the Album title bar will let you change sorting to artists, songs, genres, composer, or file folder.
Tapping and dragging the bar along the right side will let you scroll through your albums easily. You can also tap the magnifying glass in the top-right to type in a search for a specific song, album, or artist. Tapping the three dots in the top-right shows a detailed menu, where you can quickly set a sleep timer or dive into settings. The sleep timer will automatically stop playing music after a certain amount of time (at which point you’ve presumably dozed off). The settings menu is where you can set a color theme for the music app, connect cloud sources for your music, adjust the audio equalizer to your tastes, and tweak networking options.
Tapping through on an album will take you to the list of songs inside. A Play All button is shown prominently at the top of the track list to get the whole album started, while tapping the arrows just to the right of it will toggle between shuffle and normal play modes. Tapping the downward arrow next to each track will open a context menu, which holds actions like sharing the song to another app (such as in an e-mail to a friend), building a playlist, and otherwise editing the file. Tapping the menu button in the top-right offers similar actions for the entire album.
Tapping on the bar of a song will get it to start playing. You’ll be able to see it and playback controls at the bottom of the screen, though you’ll also be able to control playback from the notification tray, the lock screen, and a home screen widget if you put one down. Tapping on the bottom bar will bring up a full-screen view of the track. From here you can drag the button along the track to move around the song. The usual playback controls are just below the playback timeline: left arrows skip to the previous track in the queue, right arrows skip ahead, and the pause/play toggle sits between them. The far left button here switches play mode between looping the individual track, all tracks in the playlist, or none, while the far right switches shuffle on and off. Just below the track, album, and artist information is a heart, which you can tap to add to favorites. This makes it much easier to find the song later.
Along the top of the track view are a few new additions. The downward arrow in the top-left hides the track page again, though it will remain visible at the bottom of the screen as you move around the Music app. In the top-right there’s an icon that looks like a page with a musical note on it. Tapping it will bring up lyrics for the song if available. If there aren’t any, there are handy shortcuts to launch into a browser search to find some, then paste them into the file for reference later. The icon to the right of it will toggle the view between individual track and the current playlist of songs. The menu button in the top-right hosts a few new options, such as playing the song to a wireless speaker on the same network, and clearing the current queue.
Back on the album screen is an icon in the top-left with three horizontal lines. Tapping that will let you switch between views painlessly. The full collection is viewable from the Music option at the top under My device, and directly below is a selection of manually and automatically-generated playlists. Below that are remote sources for music. This includes music stored on your home media servers and remote cloud services, such as ASUS WebStorage.
The default music player isn’t the only option, though. The Google Play Store has plenty of media players that are worth exploring.
Google Play Music
Handle your local, cloud, and streaming music service all from one place.
Shuttle Music Player
A simple, elegant app that sticks closely to Android design.
A serious media player for audiophiles that want absolute control.
Perfect for syncing wirelessly with your collection on Mac or Windows.
A great-looking player with a wide range of color themes available.