I thought I would give it a shot. It sounded really promising and it couldn’t hurt to try.
Well, here are my initial thoughts:
- Took 10 seconds to start with an empty playlist and library. Not good.
- 42,348k of memory taken with the opening screen open. Uh oh….
- Very clean interface. The UI seems decent so far.
- Memory went up to 46,488k and CPU jumped to a consistant 10% when I added one song to the library and played it. Oh man…
- At least they got it right when its minimized (hello iTunes). 0% CPU usage and 5,680k of memory.
- The menu’s are amazingly uncluttered and with only stuff that people will use. Nice work…
- Let’s check out the preferences…
- WTF, why does it have Yahoo Music Engine set to launch on startup by default? Uncheck…
- An option to normalize music. Wonder how it does that (please please please say ReplayGain and not some stupid self-developed option that does a horrible job) and if it normalizes even when you burn a CD. Of course the help file is very unhelpful when it comes to this. How hard is it to do ReplayGain like Foobar and actually play music that doesn’t have big volume changes even when this option is selected (hello iTunes Sound Check)
- Whoa, you can encode with OGG and FLAC. Take that Apple and Microsoft!
- Ok, there are plugins and a nice list of them pre-installed. However, there appears to be no options for these plugins? No hint on what any of them do other then the title.
- Portable devices lists the Nero Fast CD-Burning plugin as its device. Ok…so what does that do? Something with CD burning…but no options controlling it and nothing that tells me anything about it.
- Won’t play my free iTunes songs courtsey of Pepsi. Won’t burn them to CD so I can play them on my car stereo. Won’t sync them with an iPod even if I had one.
A good first step for Yahoo…but a lot of work needs to be done.