3 Years of Poweramp


Hello everyone,


hope you all had a great summer with lots of time spent with someone special. This summer I spent countless hours on someone very special to me. Many might not know me, but I am Max, the developer of Poweramp—a popular and Powerful music player. I have been working 3 years to build the perfect music player. Spending nights alone in my office with nothing more than the 60+ test devices I have to use before every new release, but more importantly, the codes for Poweramp. In 3 years Poweramp has grown to become a music player with well over 15 million downloads on the free version, and just recently 1 million on the paid version. People always ask me why I developed Poweramp and the answer is quite simple, I love music. Music is very important; it motivates many people to reach new heights, it inspires many, it can keep/bring back lost memories, and for me, it can change the world.


For years people have bought the idea that you have to spend $300 dollars on headphones to get the best quality, and Poweramp is here to prove that that is a lie. I built Poweramp for people like me that love music, and want to listen to quality every time they put on their headphones without having to go out to a store and spend their paycheck for something that just oversaturates your ears with too much bass or treble. Poweramp was built to make music quality a priority. The next release of Poweramp 3.0 will bring a lot of new features and functionalities, but one thing I can promise you is that it will not stop being just a music player. Poweramp will never play videos, it will never be a web browser, it won’t even become a cloud music service—it will always be a very powerful music player and nothing more.


Three years, and 1 million paid users later, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the motivation to keep doing this. Thank you for the support and ideas that help make Poweramp what it is today. And most importantly, thank you for making Poweramp a part of your life.


Please share this link to everyone, and look out for the giveaways we are sponsoring throughout the web—I hope you win something.



Have a great weekend!





Q: What’s taking so long? When is Poweramp 3.0 coming? Any ETAs?

A: Poweramp 3.0 has been pushed back many times for many reasons. The reasons, more recently, is due to the fact that we found some features that we would not be happy releasing Poweramp 3.0 without. I am working very hard to give you this update, so please be patient. We are not taking a long time because we like to make you wait, but rather because we want to release something great, something that you will be very excited about using for the first time and continuously using it for the years to come. Sorry, no ETAs but just know that if you buy Poweramp now, you will get the update for free.


Q: Will there be Google Music and other cloud support?

A: Yes, we are working on a dynamic system that can handle more than one cloud service input, and we are in talk with a few companies to make it possible for Poweramp to support a vast majority of the most popular services.


Q: What is up with all the giveaways?

A: I believe that there are people in parts of the world that truly can’t afford Poweramp, and don’t have any payment methods to make purchasing possible, and that’s why we feel like we owe it to them to do giveaways. If you can afford Poweramp, please let others that don’t have the means to get Poweramp have a chance to win the copies—this world is really not fair you know.




Thank you!







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Poweramp v2.0.6-build-508


– build 508: fixed issue with HTC Sensation XL @ ICS
– build 508: smoother post-notification resume
– build 508: some bluetooth track info support (where supported by device/stock player – Motorolas and Samsungs). Optional album/artist can be included into title for title-displaying-only BT devices (Settings/Misc/Tweaks)
– build 508: Direct Volume Control is disabled by default for LG 2X (P990) – this is the only known android device which doesn’t send volume changed event to apps (ROM bug?), thus volume change is not possible when Poweramp is not on foreground
– build 507: polished widgets for various devices/ROMs
– build 507: stability improvements
– build 506: Meizu MX gets a bit higher audio thread priority by default
– build 506: fix for non-updated Android 3.0 ROMs
– build 505: recently added/recently played, most played, top rated lists now properly shuffled
– build 505: artist/albums now properly sorted during playing
– build 504: fixed some compatibility issues with ikorolkov’s skins
– build 504: even more workarounds for Meizu MX
– build 503: fixed Large widget for Samsung Galaxy Note @ ICS
– build 503: improved notification controls/optional << notification button - build 503: added HTC Sound Enhancement support (HTC FX @ Tone/Vol screen, doesn't work on HTC One X) - build 503: added workarounds for Meizu MX - build 502: fixed issue with folders hierarchy/music folders selection - build 502: updated translations - build 502: updated 3rd party skin exports - build 501: improved compatibility with 3rd party skins - build 501: German translation (thanks to Vincent T.) - build 501: Italian translation (thanks to Luigiantonio Calò) - build 501: Spanish translation (thanks to Luis Gallón, Jose Martin) - build 501: Chinese Traditional translation (thanks to Jane Zhang, KaiChing Chang) - build 501: few other bug fixes and improvements - HTC One X support - added support for Dolby effect on HTC DHD@2.3 - settings revamp, Honeycomb/ICS optimized - action bars support for Honeycomb/ICS - additional action bars options for ICS - improved build-in skins for tablets - background folders scan - additional scanning options - BT resume/pause support (ICS) - improved multiple storages scan (e.g. on SGS2) - improved music folder selection - folders/library layout improvements - a bit sharper icons - large widget now spans whole screen on Samsung Galaxy Note - added workaround for rare Samsung CPU issue causing Poweramp crash (many thanks to Benji Hilario) - fixed issue with list multiple selection (ICS) - few other bug fixes and improvements

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Poweramp 48h sale (finished)

(The sale is closed).
Rarely do we get users that make us so proud of what we’ve created. We have received ratings that have constantly staid above the 4.5 mark even after 100,000+ rating on top of that, we have received over 15,000,000 downloads. As thank you, we are doing a 48 hour application sale for $1.99. So if you love our player and want to get it for a bargain price (only time you’ll get this chance this year), here you go guys.

Thanks for using our player!

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Poweramp v2.0.5-build-488


– build-488: fixed issue with silent exit after device firmware update
– build-488: updated translations (thanks to “天外来客bin”, Cye3s, Timmy Fox)
– build-487: fixed issue with SRS button overlap on some custom ROMs
– build-487: toned StereoX down a bit
– build-487: balance knob is less sensitive now
– build-487: added equ reset confirmation
– build-487: added option not to pause on calls
– build-487: added ability to re-skin all Poweramp screens
– build-487: fixed few translations issues (thanks to Budi Pang, "Cye3s")
– build-487: fixed issue with some CUEs not being processed
– build-487: added detection for broken Unlocker
– build-487: few other bug fixes and stability improvements

– build-484: when folder is played from Folders, Advance List mode is enabled only for hierarchy mode
– build-484: fixed DHD button for custom ROMs which support both new and old HTC effects
– build-483: fixed issue with Classic Skin
– build-482: HTC Beats is now auto-disabled for A2DP
– build-482: fixed wma pro and various non-16/44.1/48 formats
– build-482: fixed widget issue
– build-481: workaround for ICS 4.0.3+ notification background bug
– build-481: Swedish translation (big thanks to Timmy Fox)
– build-481: improved compatibility with some custom ROMs
– build-481: retuned old API DHD effects for Android 2.3
– build-481: Simplified Chinese not applied anymore for Traditional Chinese system language
– build-480: ICS lock screen support
– build-480: Android 3.0+ notification controls
– build-480: Chinese translation (beta, big thanks to i-Free Company)
– build-478: Japanese translation (big thanks to “sunatomo”)
– build-477: fixed issue with installation on Android 3.0
– build-477: Polish translation (thanks to Blazej Jezewski)
– HTC Beats/SRS support
– enabled DSP features are now displayed under equalizer curve
– Poweramp now reshuffles list on repeat
– fixed few ICS-related Poweramp issues
– multichannel FLACs
– option to search for album art based on just title/filename
– Korean translation (big thanks to David Cho)
– few other bug fixes and stability improvements

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Poweramp v2.0.4 build-467


– build-467: library scan improvements, Full Rescan option moved one level up in Settings. As Poweramp doesn’t remove songs when sd card unmounted, use this option for full rescan when sd card is changed to another one
– build-466: fixed issue with playlist reset on devices with 2 or more storages
– Samsung Galaxy Nexus support
– Poweramp won’t sync anymore its library/playlists to unmounted sd card
– fixed issue with playlist reset on devices with 2 or more storages
– other bug fixes and stability improvements

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Poweramp v2.0.3 build-464


– improved m4a support on non-NEON devices
– updated album art searching code
– fixed issues with cover images in folders/albums on Android 3.0+
– improved album art thumbs resolution for Androids 3.0 tablets
– restored ability to change Album list thumbs by manual album art selection
– other bug fixes and stability improvements

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Poweramp v2.0.2 build-463



– build-463: improved m4a support on non-NEON devices
– build-462: fixed issues with cover images in folders/albums on Android 3.0+
– build-462: improved album art thumbs resolution for Androids 3.0 tablets
– build-461: restored ability to change Album list thumbs by manual album art selection
– build-460: fixed issue with the last track reset on headset connection
– build-459: stability improvements (fixed few f/c)
– build-458: fixed issues with disappearing playlists/rescan on SGS2
– main external storage is now set as Music Folder by default
– added support for folders/library auto-update on music download or MTP transfers
– added option for folders/library scan on Poweramp start
– main screen panels are now visible by default
– main screen shuffle/repeat icons are now visible and touchable by default
– fixed issue with some cover images in folders
– fixed issue with Music Folders selection dialog
– fixed issue with lists on Android 3.0+
– fixed issue with playlist reorder icon
– uninitialized widgets are now transparent instead of white
– other bug fixes and stability improvements

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Poweramp v2.0.1

This build will be also available on Market.


– added Auto-Find option, which is able to automatically find music folders on first sd card/storage
– added Auto-scan option (Library/Folders Advanced => Library/Folders Scanner), which can be disabled to workaround some ROM issues (rescan on reboot)
– mount points (sd cards/external storages/etc.) can be added as music folders (previously, only child folders were supported)
– raised embed album art size limit to 2mb
– fixed issue with UTF-16 and Replay Gain tags
– relaxed mp4/m4a album art parser
– enabled id3v2 tags for .aac files
– other bug fixes and stability improvements

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Poweramp v2.0

This build is also available on Market.

2.0 is the next major release and a free update for everyone, who purchased Poweramp Full Version Unlocker.
You can downgrade back to 1.4 by downloading it from official Poweramp site.

Changelog (v1.4 => v2.0):

Audio Engine:
– Direct Volume Control for new Android 2.3+ sound system where available. Direct Volume Control results in volume level equal (or higher with positive preamp) to stock player, but with the Equalizer/Tone enabled
– re-tuned equalizer/tone controls for Direct Volume Control (gives a larger range of distortion-free sound, deeper basses)
– output limiter. Ensures distortion-free sound even on extreme equalizer/tone amplification levels
– support for .mpc (sv7/sv8), .aif/.aiff
– replay gain support for all supported formats which support Replay Gain (mp3, mp4/m4a, flac, ape, wv, tta, ogg, mpc) (most effective with Direct Volume Control)
– stereo expansion effect (Stereo X)
– mix-to-mono, balance

– custom complete Library/Media Scanner implementation, 10x-100x scan speed comparing to system library tag scanner
– Music Folder hierarchical selection
– permanent shuffle. Shuffle session is stored in database and survives Poweramp restart, phone reboots etc.
– Menu => List Opts for almost each Folder/Library list with the sorting, view mode, and other per-list options
– playlist unification, no more Folders vs Library playlists
– m3u/m3u8, pls, wpl playlist file formats support
– playlist export from system Library
– embed cue support (flac, wv, ape)
– full-library and folders search
– history of songs played and other smart playlists (Most Played, Top Rated, Recently Played, Recently Added. Each list can be set to be sorted in Reverse. Enable these lists via Menu => Lists Opts in Library)
– rating system. Poweramp 2.0 stores ratings in own database only
– auto-advance options moved from Settings to Advance List repeat mode
– new Shuffle modes: shuffle songs then lists; shuffle lists, songs in order
– home screen playlist shortcut support
– voice search support (“Listen to”)
– option to ignore shuffle mode in queue

– restyled skins (larger controls, less controls initially visible, expandable menus, bigger album art, etc.)
– ability to load skins from Market/apk/jar files
– OpenGL cover animation
– grid view for folders/albums lists
– new Equalizer/Tone and Library layouts
– new configurable Lock Screen
– new configurable 4×4, 4×2, 4×1, and 2×2 widgets
– improved Settings layout and reorganized options

– lyrics download (via separate musiXmatch plugin)
– more than 100 changes in total and more are coming in the next Poweramp 2.x releases!

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Poweramp 1.4 build-387 (Trial / Full Version Upgrade)

This build soon will be also available on Market.

– build-387: removed mail attachment support
– build-386: gapless tag support for mp4/m4a
– build-385: better ape buffering for HTC 2.3+ ROMs
– better ape/wv buffering for Android 2.3+
– better handling of incorrect mp3 tags
– option to enable/disable .CUE processing
– option to enable/disable headset handler high priority
– Asus Transformer sd card support

Bug fixes:
– fixed f/c when downloading album art for some tracks
– other bug fixes and stability improvements

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