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    UPDATE 12/23/12: Music Player (Remix) has been released in the Play Store!

    You can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hedami.musicplayerremix

    And the 14-day free, fully-functional trial version can be found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hedami.mprtrial

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    Music Player (Remix) is a music app currently in development. It's being designed from the ground up with the purpose of providing an enjoyable listening experience. It blends powerful features along with a fun and easy-to-use user interface.

    I've just posted a preview video on YouTube that showcases the Now Playing screen and the overall UI design concepts of the app (be warned it's 15 minutes long...lots to cover!): Early preview of Music Player (Remix) on Android - Now Playing screen & UI design - YouTube

    The app is being packed with useful features, some of which you won't realize you ever needed until you start using them. Some of these features include lyric downloading and caching, karaoke/remix mode, faves list for quick access to your favorite songs/albums/artists/genres/playlists, auto-generated playlists based upon your listening habits, extensive bookmarking features, and much more.

    But the primary focus of the app is going to be its user interface. I wanted to re-think how a music app should be designed. A lot of thought is going into how you use the app on a daily basis. The most common controls have large, finger-friendly tap areas and are easy to reach while holding your device one-handed. Accessing common functions like the Now Playing list, music library browsing, playlists, etc. are just one swipe away from anywhere within the app. And the user experience will be customizable including custom wallpapers & color themes, user-defined preset buttons on the Now Playing screen, and custom swipe gestures.

    Music Player (Remix) is being designed to take advantage of the latest ICS and JB features; however it will also be fully compatible with Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices. The app is going to be optmized for all screen types and layouts. The interface on tablets will take advantage of the extra screen real estate.

    As I mentioned, the app is currently in development but things are moving along rapidly. Eventually the app will be ready for beta testing. I'm not sure whether or not I'll have a full-blown open beta or a more limited closed-beta, but all news related to the app's progress and beta testing will be posted on Twitter @MusicRemixApp.

    I'll also be using this forum thread as a means to receive feedback, suggestions, ideas, etc. And of course you can also contact me on Twitter. So please let me know what you think. Feedback from the Android community is going to be very important in shaping the eventual final version of the app. Music Player (Remix) was originally developed and released as a webOS app. It started off as a homebrew app becoming the most downloaded on precentral (now webosnation). There was a huge amount of community participation in the evolution of the app and I'm hoping for the same types of interaction here.

    In addition to the video I posted above, here are some screenshots of the app (keep in mind the wallpaper is customizable so it's up to you how the app will look!):

    Now Playing screen on phones (portrait orientation):
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    Now Playing screen on phones (landscape orientation):
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    Now Playing list revealed by swiping up on any screen within the app:
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    Thumbnail playlist preview mode:
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    Access your music library from any screen within the app by swiping the right side of the screen:
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    Access your faves, playlists, and autolists from any screen within the app by swiping the left side of the screen:
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    Some of the options available when interacting with songs:
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    Large, finger-friendly tap areas to control your music:
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    Notification with large, spaced-out music controls:
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    I move this here so folks looking for new apps can find it.:)
     
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    I'm very excited to announce a new feature that I just finished up. It's going to revolutionize the way people interact with their music apps. Wouldn't it be nice if you could bring up rich music controls and scroll through your current playlist all while within another app? Imagine you're viewing a web site, browsing your Twitter timeline, or reading a book and you'd like to control your music. In Honeycomb/ICS/JB, you have access to simplistic, albeit tiny controls in the notification area. But now with Music Player (Remix), if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen within any other app, a music control popup (I call the "mini-player") will appear. It displays large album art with finger-friendly music controls overlaid on top. And tap another button to scroll through your current playlist and select another song.

    Here's the demo video: Music Player (Remix) preview - music and playlist controls from within any app - YouTube

    Here's the mini-player on top of the Dolphin browser:

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    And here it is in playlist view on top of my home screen:

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    Looks great! If you need testers, let me know!
     
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    I'll announce beta testing plans as I get closer to completion, so keep an eye out.
     
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    Seems like a very good idea.
    i always found it frustrating to have to close one app to go change the settings on my music player.
     
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    Android has the ability to do multitasking like this, so why not take advantage of it?
    Just swipe up, do what you gotta do, then resume where you left off.
     
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    The mini-player now has a scrubber bar!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Exactly what is a "scrubber bar"?
     
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    The slider that changes the current position in your song.
     
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    Ahhh! Thanks! Looks great...
     
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    And speaking of the scrubber bar, you may have noticed it has the ICS/JB Holo theme. This will work even on Gingerbread. I incorporated a custom theme that will allow the scrubber bar to appear this way even on Gingerbread. Because frankly the Gingerbread slider is quite ugly.
     
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    Again, when you are ready to test, I volunteer!
     
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    I'll be posting a demo video of the new "Songs" screen, but in the meantime here's a quick preview:

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    I forgot to demo landscape mode. Here's a screenshot:

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    All the screens in the app are being designed around various layouts (phone & tablet). So you'll always have the optimal user experience no matter how you hold your device or which device you're holding.
     
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    These all look amazing....
     
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    Thanks a bunch!
     
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    This looks so cool. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Anything in particular that really stands out to you? Or is the whole app just cool? :)

    I'm interested in hearing what features seem most appealing to everyone. Personally after using the app myself, I think the mini-player (revealed by swiping up within any other app) is the most compelling feature. It's something that just isn't possible on other platforms and really showcases the power of multitasking.
     
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    When you say "karaoke mode", does that mean "scrolling lyrics" like TuneWiki? Actually one of my favorite features...
     
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    It'll display lyrics, but not scrolling. To auto-scroll lyrics, I would need access to a database with lyric files tagged with time positions. I'm not aware of any publicly available lyrics service that provides that data.

    Karaoke mode will allow you to record yourself singing along to the song while viewing the lyrics. You'll then be able to pull up your karaoke recordings and listen to them.
     
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    The only app that seems to offer scrolling lyrics is Tune Wiki....
     
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    I agree that would be a cool feature. But without a lyrics timestamp database, I'm out of luck.
     
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    Actually, TTPod does this well, as does the native music player in the MIUI ROM. TT POD would be the best, except the album art is wrong.
     

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