Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Update to Ver.1.22 and solution for crashes after iOS 6 update.

Funi Player was updated to Ver.1.22.
Support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5 is the main theme for this update, and there are other minor changes.

After iOS 6 update, most users may have experienced crash in launching Funi Player. Many savvy users naturally deleted this app and downloaded it again. Then it will work just as normal. Moreover, once purchased, users doesn't pay again while downloading again. However, other users may not think of this solution. We hoped to solve this problem with versioning up, however, this seems not to be the good solution for the users.

Therefore, deleting Funi Player and downloading it again is now the best recommended way for the users struggling with crashes after updating to iOS 6. We are asking the reason to Apple, however it seems to take long period to find the clue. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Funi Player and Funi Player Lite updated to Ver. 1.20.

Funi Player and Funi Player Lite are updated to Ver. 1.20.

The most impressive change in this version is pitch control and speed control. By using excellent Dirac Pro API, those two feature is now to the level of professional music device. Dirac Time Stretching & Pitch Shifting technology is one of the best in the world, and many famous professional iOS Apps is using it. Therefore, it is enjoyable experience to test various variations with the technology. I specially appreciate Stephan M. Bernsee of DSP Dimension. Without his advice, it would be impossible to finish this update.

Below are several big pictures of Ver. 1.20.

Enhanced pitch control

The quality of pitch control is a lot different from the previous versions.
Moreover, some cute buttons are added to provide easy access to funny effects. Man icon will shift down to half octave. Adversely, woman icon will lead to half octave up. Natural Up button will only work while shifting up. By using it, you can keep formant of sound steadily, so there will be no chipmunk sound in pitching up.

The same Pitch Shifting effect is also used in Vocal Removed Effect, however Natural Up button is excluded considering performance.

Detailed Speed Control

The next biggest change is Speed Control. Quality is much enhance by using Dirac API, so this version will provide deeper experience and taste of musics.
In previous version, the range of time stretch is between 0.5 X and 2.0 X. In version 1.20, the range is between 0.25X and 2.0X. Minimum control scale is now 0.01, so there is no fractures in scaling up. In Lite version, the minimum scale is now 0.05.

Other changes

To solve some crashes reported by some users while updating library, data base structure and the process of updating library are simplified and enhanced. Recording quality of some effects are enhanced, and supporting file format is enlarged to Wav. and Aif. in Vocal Removed Effect, Pitch Control and Speed Control. Effect Playing was crashed when there is no artist name in version 1.16, and this bug is fixed in version 1.20. Several minor changes are also made in this version.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Funi Player is updated to ver.1.15.

Today, Funi Player and Funi Player Lite are updated to ver.1.15.

Below is the details of ver.1.15.

- Supporting scrubbing in Acappella Effect and Vocal Removed Effect. In iPhone 3GS, scrubbing will be slow because this feature is optimized for iphone 4 +. 

- Recording quality enhanced in Deluxe version.

- No preparing time in Pitch Control, however, wav and aif format are no longer supported in Pitch Control just as other effects. 

- Library updates error solved while using iTunes Match. 

- Stability improved. 

If you have questions or suggestions, I hope you just feel free to write any comments in this blog.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Funi Player updated to Ver. 1.10

Funi Player and Funi Player Lite are updated to Ver. 1.10.

UI is changed.

There are several new features in this new version.

First of all, Pitch Control is introduced in Ver. 1.10 as a new effect.

Users can change the pitch of songs from -1 octave to +1 octave.

Especially, Vocal Removed Effect also contains this pitch control feature.

Additionally, AB repeat feature is added to Speed Control Play.

Now this Speed Control Play has no time limit in Lite version.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review from Appdictions.com

"Kikiwa delivers with a new application that allows users to enjoy music in a completely unconventional way. Funi Player is a good quality music app, and completely quirky."

                          -  Appdictions.com  -


Friday, March 2, 2012

Funi Player Lite is launched.

Free version of Funi Player is launched.

Funi Player Lite

In this free version, there is time limit in playing Acappella effect, Vocal Removed Effect, Reverse Playing and Speed Controll Playing. Additionally, Record funtion is omitted in this version.
However, all the other features are the same with paid version.

Funi Player update Ver. 1.02

Funi Player is updated today.

In the new 1.02 version, vocal removed effect is much enhanced.

The logic of vocal removed effect is totally changed so that noise is almost deleted in this effect.

I hope you enjoy this update.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Personalized Home

The welcome page of Funi Player is packed with personalized information.

Most of all, my favorite song, album, artist and genre is automatically analyzed and displayed in this Home tab.

From this personalized feature, you may feel this is the music player only for you.
No more the same music player for everyone!

Just under it, there is a menu, Recently Played Songs.
In iPod Player, you can see the full recently played items only after syncing with iTunes.
In Funi Player, however, you may see the recently played songs at any time when you need it.

Under Recently Played Songs, you will find My Library.
My Library is the dashboard showing total number of songs, albums, artists and genres in my music library.

Update button in the bottom of Home tab is normally not necessary.
Media library update will be done automatically.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Much more than just another music player, reviewed by Feedmyapp

Feedmyapp reviewed Funi Player!

"There are plenty of mucis player applications available but there aren't too many that do the things that Funiplayer does. ... "

You can check the review in the link below.

Much more than just another music player

Friday, February 10, 2012

Funi Player as a music player

Funi Player has many interesting effects, however the baseline of Funi Player is a music player. For the purpose of expansion from default iPod player, Funi Player is perfectly related to iPod. To add or remove songs, iTunes in PC or Mac will be used. If a user add music or playlist to iPod, Funi Player updates its library automatically, so there is no need to add songs again to Funi Player. While playing music in iPod, user can turn on Funi Player and control the music continuously.

Unlike default music player, songs in the cloud feature of Apple, iTunes Match will not be added to the library of Funi Player. However, songs downloaded from iTunes Match will be on the library and can be played. Normally, Funi Player updates its library automatically. To prepare for unexpected errors, manual update button is supported in the bottom of Home page.

As a music player, Funi Player supports following features: play and pause, play collections, play next, play previous, scrubbing, now playing button, searching, index, lyrics, repeat, shuffle, background play, interruption handling and remote control. All these features are compatible with the default iPod player.

There are several more powerful features in Funi Player. One of them is the search function of Funi Player. If users drag down the table in Playlist tab, a search box will appear. Let’s say we are in a situation. If there are many playlists, it is hard to remember what is the playlist my song is located. Funi Player supports an easy search option in the search box to find the playlist.

The next one is recently played list. In iPod player, users do not have any way to access recently played list until device is synced to iTunes in PC or Mac. However, Funi Player supports recently played list even without sync to iTunes. This is one of the powerful and useful functions of Funi Player.

I believe that users will find out more interesting features in Funi Player. I will not address them all for users’ delight to find them one by one.

Effects in Funi Player

Apple approved Funi Player, so now it is launched today.

In this post, I will introduce you the most exciting features of Funi Player. The uniqueness of Funi Player comes from these diverse Effects. Funi Player has one more deep hierarchy in each song level differently from other music players. When users touch a blue arrow in the right side of each song title, menu page for effects will be opened. In Songs tab, default behavior is going to this detail page. The first button is for Normal Play menu just like usual music players. The next section is for Special Effect to be described in this post.

There are four interesting effects in Funi Player. Especially, Acappella Effect is unique. As far as I know, Funi Player is the first App supporting Acappella Effect. In this effect, vocals will remain, however instrumental will go away. Moreover, this is a real time DSP effect, so there’s no need to wait for tedious converting time. Just touch the button and go on the fly!

   Acappella Effect
-       Based on songs in device, hear only vocals by removing instrumental sound.
-       Just as other vocal extraction technologies in PC and Mac world, Acappella Effect is not perfect, but enjoyable enough.
-       Turn on and off Acappella Effect in real time with an on/off button.
-       For stable performance, scrubbing is locked.
-       Supporting MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless format.

The next one is Vocal Removed Effect. This is exactly the adverse effect. Instrumentals will be heard, however vocals will be lost. This is not from a simple phase technique, so the sound is in stereo.

   Vocal Removed Effect
-       Adversely, hear only instrumentals by removing vocals in real time.
-       Also not perfect as paid instrumental files of music labels, however Vocal Removed Effect will provide fresh and enjoyable experience.
-       It is not from a simple left-minus-right control, so the sound is in stereo.
-       For stable performance, scrubbing is locked.
-       Supporting MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless format.

The next one is Reverse Play Effect. Different from other effects, reverse effect needs short preparation time. In iPhone 4S, it will take about 3 seconds, in iPhone 4, 5 seconds, and in iPhone 3GS, 10 seconds.

   Reverse Play Effect
-       With an on/off button, change the direction of playing forward and backward.
-       This feature is just for fun and better music experience.
-       Scrubbing supported.
-       Supporting all music file format in device.

The last one is Speed Control Play. After touching on the album artwork while playing, there will be four buttons under the scrub slider. Users can easily go to 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds behind with these buttons.

  Speed Control Play
-       Change playing speed from 0.5 X to 2.0 X.
-       For Podcast, audio book and iTunesU, Speed Control Play is the only effect existing in details page.
-       Scrubbing supported.
-       Supporting all music file format in device.

In all these effects except Speed Control Play, recording will be supported. If a user touches the record button in the right side of play/pause button, there will be a message if you record or not. If touch yes, it will save the effected song while playing from the first to the end. The next step will be sending an email to transfer the effected sound to other devices. Due to the big file size of audio, it will take some time until receiving the email. In some emails of user settings, attachment file size is limited under 20 MB or under. For this case, there will be an option to compress the original WAV file to AAC file. File size of AAC converted file will be about 10% of original file.

   Recoding to send an email
-       Record to send an email is for transferring songs with Acappella Effect, Vocal Removed Effect and Reverse Play Effect to other devices just like PCs and Macs
-       After recording, WAV file is ready for sending an email.
-       Email of Funi Player is using the email set in your device, so please check the maximum attaching size of your email.
-       Funi Player also supports AAC compressing.
-       Recording songs over 10 minutes is not supported in Funi Player.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Funi Player intro

This is the supporting site for Funi Player.
Funi Player is iOS application to be registered soon.
Please, feel free to add comment and ask questions about the application.

Currently, I am waiting for the registration of this app.
After Apple's notice, I will post some more details about the way to use this App to convey big picture of this app.

Below is the splash image that you will first meet while running Funi Player.
I am looking forward to talking with you about this.

On Feb. 10, 2012, Funi Player is launched on App Store.

Funi Player