Monday, March 26, 2007

New Media player for N800 / IT 770

I have finally decided that my media player is ready to emerge from the darkness. It's been bit of an under the radar project, as I've only had the time every once in a while to dedicate to it. Nevertheless, I am quite pleased on how it turned out. I call it for now UK-MP (Urho Konttoris Media Player), but that may change.

Here, have a look at these two screenshots:

As you can see, the interface itself is pretty simple. I've emphasized visual aspecs, ease of use and touch screen navigation on the interface design.

On the album view, you can see a list of all albums on MMC1 and MMC2 on your device. You can use rocker up and down to scroll the list up and down. Also, you can use dragging the screen with your finger to scroll up and down. It's not quite something I'd call smooth scrolling, but I'm pretty sure I can get it to run about twice as fast as it's running now, which should provide an almost smooth scroll. Albums are sorted by artist and the album cover (or something related to the artist and cd) is retrieved from the net. Artist name is displayed in the dcs reflection (yeah, how cool is that reflection. Mind you, it's the cause of the long startup time - but well worth it!). SOng count is displayed in the top right corner of the cd.

Ok, click on any of the albums to see the songs in the album. Album name and artist is diplayed on the left along with the cd cover. There is a back-to-list button at the top rigt of the view. You can always use the fullscreen button to switch to the fullscreen mode (which is preferred mode). Click on any song to start playing. You can use rocker left to go to previous song and rocker right to go to next song. Rocker functions work in album list view as well. Middle button toggles pause/play.

Convinced that you want to try it out? Cool.

You need to have python installed on your device before you install!

For some reason the python 2.5 install seems to elude me. This link MAY work on N800:

For those who have trouble installing it, do this:
Open "Application Menu"->"Tools"->"Application Manager"
In the main menu choose "Tools"->"Application catalogue..."
Click in "New" button
Web address:
Distribution: mistral
Components: free non-free

All right. Now, go to install list and select python-2.4.


Once you have Python, you just need the media player.

Latest version can be downloaded from here:

And you are done.

Comments, bug reports and such are welcome in:
as well as comments section of this blog.

Latest version can be found here: