Half-Bit Software

Sometimes. . .

…I can be a real idiot.  Take my music player idea, for example.  Apple exposes a ton of pretty solid apis to access a user’s iPod library.  No write access, of course, which is kind of a bummer, but it’s better than nothing.  And it’s got some clever-ish iterators, giving you representative slices of filterable attributes, like artist and album.  Which works great - unless your music isn’t necessarily organized as perfectly as it could be.  Like, say, for instance, if your album artwork is only on the first and last track of an album, but it decides that the representative track should be somewhere in the middle.  D’oh!

That said, work on whatever I end up calling the music app is going pretty well.  I’ve got the general look and feel more or less settled, and I’m currently building up the UI and flow.  Something I found really cool when doing The Dungeon was to take lots of screenshots as I went, mostly just to share with friends and family.  This time, I think I’m going to do the same thing, only to a (slightly) larger audience.

With that in mind, here’s some neat screenshots!

Also, to those of you with sharp eyes, you might notice some of the albums don’t have artwork show up.  It’s an interesting non-bug with the iPod Library access stuff.  There’s a neat method you can use when iterating over music collections, where it’ll pick a track in particular as a faster means of iteration.  Unfortunately, if, say, you’ve only got the first and last tracks of an album with album artwork, and it chooses the third as a representative item, then you’ll be boned, and not get to see any artwork.  Bummer!

(Also, please don’t make fun of my bad taste in music.  I’m, er, putting a diverse collection on there for, uh, research and thoroughness.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it. :)

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