The Up Next feature that Apple introduced with iTunes 11 has been absent from iOS’ music player for far too long. Going into the second half of 2014, even with iOS 8 being announced, this feature is still nowhere to be found in the Music app. Quu ($1.99) by Manar Alhamdy is a minimalistic music player that fills this void, making the Up Next functionality available on iOS in a tidy package. Although other favorites like Ecoute have this functionality as well, if you’re looking for an app that is focused around queuing up music, Quu could be the one for you.
Although Quu is a music player, the Up Next functionality is essentially its only feature. The app is made up of a stripped-down user interface, making artists, albums, songs, and playlists available at your fingertips.
Controlling what plays is super easy: just tap a song to play it, short-swipe to the left to add it to the queue, long-swipe to the left to add it to the top of the queue, or swipe right to remove it. Quu also features an unobtrusive Now Playing widget, which sits neatly at the bottom of every screen. Short-swipe on the widget in the left or right direction to go back or forward, respectively, between songs, or swipe all the way to the left to access a list of what’s up next. As you can see, Quu is heavily gesture-driven, making control and navigation really efficient.
Quu also includes some smaller features still worth mentioning, like support for Last.fm scrobbling, and an app icon badge that will tell you how many songs are left in your queue.
The purpose of using Quu to generate a “what’s up next” playlist is to do so as quickly as possible without worrying about it, so you can get back to paying attention to the people around you. With the app’s efficient design, including the uncrowded, gesture-driven layout, it becomes easy to fulfill this need using the Music library on your iPhone.
For $1.99, you can find Quu for iPhone on the App Store here.