Simprit, the makers of GridMagic, currently has a new media player called MiuTunes, undergoing beta testing. Sadly the Beta seems to be currently closed but you can sign up for future Betas at this link.
With MiuTunes you can “flip” through your music just like Flipside but with more of the iPhone “swishy” feel. MiuTunes can read music from your media card or phone memory only if its .m4a or .MP3. As of right now, .wma is not supported but hopefully Simprit will also add this.
There are several ways to view your music on the main menu: Artwork, Albums, Songs, Artist, Genre, Year and Playlists. If you choose the Artwork option (which gives the best overall view), the MiuTunes has the ability to pick up album covers from the internet just like Flipside.
Also in the Artwork Option is the “Song Info” option which gives you the ability to click on the album or artist name for a bio on the album or artist. All other options are pretty straightforward.
The actual use of the media player is very easy. The only problems noticed for a beginner would be the shortcuts. It would be ideal and easier for a media program to use the “p” for play, “f” for forward and so on. The shortcuts currently being used are: “space” for play/pause, “hold space” for stop, “enter” for next track, and “del” for previous track. You use the phone volume controls for the music volume.
There is a shuffle option and a repeat option available by using the shortcuts “alt-s” for shuffle and “alt-r” for repeat. Which just happens to be the easiest shortcuts for MiuTunes.
Overall, MiuTunes seems to be a well thought out media program and will be a great asset for any BlackBerry abuser who uses their BlackBerry for entertainment as well as everything else. It’ll take a few to learn shortcuts but it’ll be totally worth it for the person wanting the coolest media player available.