Monday, April 09, 2007

the desktop player

On Tuesday April 10th, 2007 we will start linking to our newest member in the finetune player family - The Desktop Player.

This player has been quietly available from the adobe labs site http://labs.adobe.com/showcase/apollo/ for a couple weeks... It's a great example of what types of applications can be made with the new adobe apollo platform. We leveraged a whole bunch of work that we had to do anyway to support our web site... and we've added some new capabilities...

/// The iTunes library is a great way to kick start artist radio!

/// Try starting up the desktop player and starting a playlist from your embedded blog player or the player live on the service. It'll play in your desktop player and free your browser for... well browsing!

/// What was that playlist you were listening to earlier? Check the history...

/// more more more coming soon soon soon

Apologies for the infrequent posts... We've been super busy rushing around trying to get this thing ready and in general being part of the bigger apollo story. Apollo looks great... this new player is *slick* and
as always its just the tip of the iceberg.

3 comments:

Warren Benedetto said...

Looks great. Now if only the Play button worked ... :-(

Spitfire24 said...

It would be great if you could minimize it to the tray instead of the taskbar. Otherwise, I love it.

Warren Benedetto said...

Agreed on that, spitfire24.

Along those lines, it would also be great to mouseover the system tray icon to see the title of what is playing. My main complaint about the SpringWidgets player (aside from it using 90% of my system resources) is that I constantly had to open the player to see what was playing.

I did get this working on my laptop, but my desktop PC (P4 2Ghz, 1 GB RAM) still does nothing when I click Play. Weird.

One other bug -- it started playing Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins. The artwork appeared for a moment, then suddenly switched to the cover for Betty by Helmet. The song info and the song itself were still Smashing Pumpkins though. Never had anything like that happen online or with SpringWidgets, so seems like a bug in this product.

Overall really nice work. Good luck with it.