Its very nice, match with the Metro UI style, but the only problem is that the back button its not a good idea, instead its a good idea replace with home button. The Music Album section sorting should be costumizable like sort it by lenght, Artist, Album, Year, etc. And the dark-ish look, which is opposite of colurfull style of Windows 8 itself. The Queue section is pretty disturbing, it should be put at the bottom section. And the last, The Music Album section should show Album name above it, so, people who used would be more informed
I have to say, I don't use WMP. I use foobar, for various personal reasons. But if I opened up a fresh install of Windows 8, and this fully integrated media player that boasted a design this awesome was there? I'd use it. Even if it meant a small drop in frame rate, it would be worth it.
Beautiful, and looks very functional without being cluttered at all, which is great. To top the cake, I don't see anything that would be difficult to use on a touchscreen if the controls were executed right.
My nit-picky points: - Would the small Start Screen tile be able to cycle between controls/data and only album art? Also, the little headphone icon doesn't quite seem to fit... you could add circular control buttons like the ones from the full view to fill the space instead. - I'm not sure I understand the duplication of the time data (behind the title/album/rating info) in the full and sidebar views. I can see how it breaks up the background behind the info, but it's a little distracting, and not very useful since the same data is shown more clearly and in context right above. - There is a song playing and an album showing in the library/navigation area, but it isn't queued? So what will play next - the next track in the album or nothing at all?
I had not seen those leaked screenshots before; to put it bluntly, that official Microsoft version looks really bad. I don't understand that absurd whitespace, the lack of color, hiding player controls in the swipe-up bar, or that little bubble above the track progress bar. It's like they tried to make it so touchscreen friendly that they made an app for people with no fingers. Hopefully they'll work on it some more.
> The tile would have swipable versions - only album artwork, list or controls etc. > The headphone icon is from the actual Windows 8 media tile > You're right about that, I added the small time text later, although I like the semi transparent big time. > This player would not play things automatically unless that is changed in settings or you specifically selected to play the album (that annoys me in wmp, that it pulls a queue out nowhere).
Someone mentioned here that they just put the media player from Windows Phone 7 and scaled it up a bit, I suppose that's true.
Ah, I see what you mean about the queue now. MusicBee does that as well - if you aren't careful you might queue up your whole library by clicking on only one song. (There might be a setting to change it, just haven't looked.)
Both the sidebar and panel modes are my favorite but I dunno about the full view mode. I would like for the full view to expand and allow roomy space for the music library and toolbar shenanigans for organization and stuff (ie. music tagging, playlist, etc.) But otherwise the overall design is really functional and awesome.