For some of you ALSong may be another Winamp, but if
you will look closer to this product, you will see that it has some unique
features that makes it very interesting.
Besides the fact that this is
an mp3 player with all the classic features (equalizer, play list), it can be
used also as a karaoke machine. I know that this idea is not new, and there were
some plugging and programs which transformed winamp in a karaoke machine, but
this one has everything integrated in it.
In comparison with EvilLyrics, this player has
its own database, and can provide and synchronize the lyrics of a song from it.
Despite EviLyrics which was just a search engine for lyrics and it could not
synchronize the lyrics with the song very well. The existence of the data base
has good and bad parts:
- The good parts are: correct synchronization
with the song, fast search function;
- The bad parts: because it's a new
application, the data base is not very consistent, so you won't find lyrics from
underground music; if the tags are not correct completed, you will have to
search manually the data base for the lyrics;
For creating a bigger data
base, they integrated also a lyrics editor along with a 'language learner'. If
you don't find any lyrics for your favourite song, you can edit them. With the
help of 'language learner' you can listen very carefully to the song to recreate
all the lyrics. You can edit the start and end point of a loop if you couldn't
understand some words from the lyrics. It includes also a pitch meter and a
speed one. You can even listen to the song in reverse mode.
usage, you can even create your own albums, from different sources. You can also
edit the label of the album, from your pictures collection. The songs will be
saved in SAB format. This will allow you to listen to any song by just clicking
on it like on a hyperlink from a website. This means that the interface of the
album that you had created is active and works like a player.
the new mp3 players, you can listen to any favorite radio station, if you know
the URL, or listen to the one provided by ALSong. If you have enough bandwidth
you can also broadcast you own play lists which will be integrated in ALSong Web
Pluses: karaoke feature, lyrics editor, lyrics
data base, free;
Drawbacks / flaws: the lyrics data base is not
very consistent, the skins are not high quality;
In conclusion: A
good competitor for Winamp and Jukebox, but not so popular.