Most people listen to music while they are travelling or are working, but there are some who use it for studying, sleeping or meditation. And now, music apps—be it Apple, Wynk or Gaana—are offering more and more options that help you relax, with channels and playlists for sleeping, spa relaxation or meditation. However, these apps drain out your battery and data faster than you can expect. For those who meditate or sleep listening to music, this can be a deal breaker. While for iPhone users there is an easy hack as you can control the duration by setting a timer on you clock, for Android users there is an array of apps that help you control when the music should stop and more. Ishaan Gera takes stock of a few such services, which you can download on your device.
There is not much that you would expect of a sleep timer app since all of them do what they are expected to do, but still, what counts is an easy user interface and some functionality that can allow you to do things with just a few taps and swipes. SleepTimer does just that. The app has one of the most appealing interfaces and is simple and easy to use. It would ask you a preferred player at the beginning and all you need to do is swivel your finger to set the time on the clock. But the real functionality comes in with what you can get out of the app. You can disable the ring mode once you switch the timer on, ask it to disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other connections all by setting a timer, so that your battery drain is as low as possible. More important, if you can’t sleep just shake the app and that would extend the playtime by another 10 minutes. So, if you want an easy app with an appealing interface that takes care of your needs, you needn’t go beyond SleepTimer.
Super Simple Sleep Timer
While the app is not as easy as the name suggests, it certainly scores more brownie points than Sleep Timer in one area, i.e., functionality. The best part of Super Simple Sleep Timer is the ability to control all apps. While the Sleep Timer has limited functionality for only one app, this one switches off all music and video apps that are available on your phone once you turn this on. But the problem is operabi-lity, the app turns one full wheel for sett-ing the time, but then one has the tedious task of keying in the digits. Moreover, it doesn’t do anything else except switching the screen off. There is no option for settings on the app and the snooze feature would require you to look at your phone time and again to reset it.
Sleep TIMER (App/Music Timer)
If you are looking at the old-fashioned way of doing things, like typing things on the screen, Sleep TIMER is the app for you. Much like the others, the app doesn’t require any setup, but one has to type in the numbers to set a sleep time. Although the interface is not very appealing, it gets the job done. More import-ant, it works across all platforms and allows you functions like killing off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. But its best feature is the option to kill all back-ground apps. If one can forget the typing pangs, the killing off of background apps is something that makes this app great.