new interface for music player

asked 2017-10-08 13:12:09 +0200

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updated 2017-10-09 19:56:48 +0200

yesterday there was some debate about the music player on the telegram group and we ended up talking about a new interface, so i share what i think it could be an unlike and good new interface for the stock music player

the player opens up and we have the home. In the home we have a grid of most recent albums played and a list for pinned ones (it could be empty of course) homescreen then we swipe to the bottom and we have the artist section with a people app style artist view if we tap on an artist we are taken to the album view for that artist where we have a grid of covers and albums are sorted chronologically from earlier (top) to newest (bottom) on the top of the homescreen there is the usual pulley menu which have : - playlists (the same as now) - song view (same as now) - album view, which is presented in a cover grid way (maybe ordered alphabetically or alphabetically by artist) and if we tap on an album we have the album opened in the same way as now. Controls are the same as now and we may add a tag editor to complete the lot

by the way i removed the references to SirenSong because was not exactly what i meant :)

it would be a very welcome thing since the music player is rather basic at the moment, even if it's working well...

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The control area now shows song title, artist, progress, previous, play/pause and next. There are no gestures for pausing or for going to previous or next track.

An alternative would be a control area with mostly text. It would show song progress, song title and artist. The control area would function as a gesture area for previous (drag right) and next (drag left). A possibility to peek the previous or next tracks by dragging should be optional. Drag down would pause the playback and up would start it again.

vattuvarg ( 2017-10-08 14:41:18 +0200 )edit

Hi, I'm the developer of SirenSong music player on Openrepos.

Could you do up some layout pictures of what you describe? trying to describe pictures with words normally isnt very effective.

Btw the song selection interface side of SirenSong is very pluggable, you can create all kinds of things to go in there very easily

r0kk3rz ( 2017-10-08 17:34:58 +0200 )edit

hi there rokkerz...unfortunately i am not a designer and i don't know how to show you...anyway i will try with some screens later...just in case i was talking about the people app grid design you used in song view...

247 ( 2017-10-08 18:36:53 +0200 )edit

What I would like would be the sound engine of The engine itself has an api to control. And it has all features we would like to have: All codecs, seamless playing, cross fading, very good playlists, equalizing, 3d space effects. Backend alsa/pulseaudio. Get this engine and combine it with a good interface - voilà.

So: Better a good sound engine. After that: a good interface.

cy8aer ( 2017-10-08 19:22:45 +0200 )edit

The problem with coming up with new designs like this is that there is no design that fits everyone, and although a People-like design looks cool, it definitely isn't something most people would enjoy using - try finding a song starting with 'O' when you have 200 of those songs, let alone 20000. I don't even dare imagine a cover grid with 1000 albums. As it stands, Jolla's current music playing application is alright, and it doesn't really need to do anything more. It's proprietary software that is not included in the Sailfish core applications (by which I mean it can be uninstalled), and there are far better alternatives available, many free and some proprietary, for anyone who wants their music player to do a bit more or to do it in a different way. In my opinion, Unplayer got it just right interface-wise, so that's the one I have installed. If you prefer SirenSong's layout, you could just use SirenSong instead of Jolla's music player.

nthn ( 2017-10-08 21:07:20 +0200 )edit