Over the past few weeks I've been working on a new mp3 playing device for Juno Records
. The idea is quite simple. The site used to just let you download playlists to your mp3/wma player that you could then go backwards and forwards through to your hearts content. The problem was that the plays (Winamp most noticeably) doesn't give a toss about the ID3 tags in mp3s when they are streaming via an m3u file. So even though the names of the tracks were in the playlist file and displayed nicely, when Winamp came to play the file it would then revert to the file name (which is a code rather than something nice and human readable). Bad and sucky Winamp!
There are bugs too... For example, when the track changes the new info is loaded in. When the new info is loaded in the window jumps froward, stealing keyboard focus. I've not found a nice way around this yet. Also, it only works with IE5+ on Windows with Windows Media Player 7+ installed. (There is a RealPlayer version that works with Mozilla but I'm still working on that one as RealPlayer has some very annoying traits to it (such as not being able to forward on to specific tracks in a playlist)).
Anyway... Have a peek and laugh if you're interested. Just go to any Juno product list page such as this
and hit the 'Juno Player' link. I hope to make it better over the coming weeks/months so if you've anything constructive to say about it then please let me know and I'll get cracking! :-D