FlipSide MP3 Player Beta from Electric Pocket

Flipside MP3 Player

Update: I couldn't resist..I had to try it. Downloaded it and it rocks! Definitely a few things to tweak up before this is "officially released", but worth getting your hands on it now while it's free! Read through the comments for all sorts of details.

I just received an email from Haemish over at Electric Pocket letting me know about a new MP3 player they're working on for the BlackBerry. Normally I'd give it a download and quick try before posting, but since the Smartphone Round Robin has me going berry-less I'm going to post it up "blind" and you can tell me in the comments what you think of it so far (keep in mind it's beta, which means it will get better!).

So if you're feeling like taking on a bit of risk today, you can point your BlackBerry to http://flipside.fm/flipside.jad to download the beta of FlipSide. You can find more screenshots here if you want to get a better idea what it's all about. And remember, I take no responsibility if it doesn't workout (there's likely to be a bug or two). If you want to report a bug or suggest a feature for FlipSide, Haemish says to please join their Yahoo group ... AND... the top posters will receive a free copy of FlipSide once the trial is over.

Haemish also passed on these 5 handy hints for using FlipSide:

Flipside MP3 Player
By Kevin Michaluk on 9 Nov 2007 12:20 pm EST
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Update: I couldn't resist..I had to try it. Downloaded it and it rocks! Definitely a few things to tweak up before this is "officially released", but worth getting your hands on it now while it's free! Read through the comments for all sorts of details.

I just received an email from Haemish over at Electric Pocket letting me know about a new MP3 player they're working on for the BlackBerry. Normally I'd give it a download and quick try before posting, but since the Smartphone Round Robin has me going berry-less I'm going to post it up "blind" and you can tell me in the comments what you think of it so far (keep in mind it's beta, which means it will get better!).

So if you're feeling like taking on a bit of risk today, you can point your BlackBerry to http://flipside.fm/flipside.jad to download the beta of FlipSide. You can find more screenshots here if you want to get a better idea what it's all about. And remember, I take no responsibility if it doesn't workout (there's likely to be a bug or two). If you want to report a bug or suggest a feature for FlipSide, Haemish says to please join their Yahoo group ... AND... the top posters will receive a free copy of FlipSide once the trial is over.

Haemish also passed on these 5 handy hints for using FlipSide:

  1. Use the trackball to swoosh through your albums and bring up the list of tracks.
  2. Press space to toggle between pause and play.
  3. Hold down space to skip to the next track.
  4. Hold down the trackball to add an album or track to the playlist.
  5. Press a letter to jump to and cycle through artists starting with that letter

Is it good, great, or still some bugs to work out? Post your feedback in the comments! 

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

51 comments

judy

if i can download this i want it... i think its a great idea... i believe my pearl has mp3 but i havent figured out how to us it yet..lol... this would be a easy way of useing it make sure you can save all music to the memory card..thanx

Anonymous

i downloaded flipside but all i see is black screen saying no media card. i was hoping FS would finally alow me to download mp3s on my phone and play them as i cant do that now. but instead it seems i need to already have music in there. help please btw i have the 8703e..thanks

haemish

Sorry!

We are only supporting devices with a storage card, that means:
81xx
83xx
88xx

Cheers,

Haemish

Kevin Michaluk

OK...I couldn't help myself. I very temporarily broke the rules of the Round Robin and yanked my SIM out of the Treo680 and put it into my Curve and downloaded this and gave it a try.
It's really good so far! Not quite iPhone caliber (from what I've seen of the iPhone's coverflow), but this is fun. You can flip through your albums, see your coverart. Seems smooth!

But that's it..I played with it for 10 minutes. Back to the Treo.

Requirements wise, I'm thinking this is for the Pearl, 8800s, and Curves...wouldn't try it on something older than that. And yes..I did have a microSD card inserted with a bunch of music loaded up to it.

mrlove08

BEST PLAYER EVER MADE KUDOS KUDOS....
THANK YOU SO MUCH ONLY THINK LEFT NOW IS OS 4.3

Zen270

I'm going to download this and try it out.

Anonymous

Some minor problems, like it will show the same album twice, and it doesn't support AAC but it's very promising. When it's done, I'll buy a copy.

haemish

That does sound a bit peculiar. I suspect the "album" field in the tags might differ slightly in some of the MP3s.

This is the tool I use to keep my MP3 tags sane:
http://www.mp3tag.de/en/

Haemish

SirKeats#CB

I'd rather install via desktop. Can this be had in an alx instead of a jad?

Kevin Michaluk

I was only provided with the over-the-air .jad link... It's a small file though, the installer is only 70kb.

SirKeats#CB

it's not the size. i don't have data on my phone (i know... gasp) so i can only get alx files onto the phone via the dm.

Kyle

there is a way to load .jad files on your BB from the desktop. You need to download and install the BB java development kit from the rim site I believe. This includes a command line utility to load the jad to the blackberry. Do a little research, but It does work.

Kyle

Sorry, not the rim website

You need to install "Java(TM) SE Development Kit 6 Update 3"
from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

Then Install
BlackBerry JDE Component Package v4.3.0
from http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/downloads/
*Note You'll have to setup a free developers account

Use javaloader.exe under the default location
"\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry JDE Component Package 4.3.0\bin"

You should be able to figure it out from there.

rkwhyte2

This is really quite nice seems to run well on my 8830. It took about 2 minutes for it to catalog the albums I had on the SD card and then I was able to flip thru them all. I would say that given what I have seen I would buy this when it becomes available.

JDWIGG#CB

I donwloaded it and it is only seeing my ringtones not my mp3's

haemish

FlipSide only looks on the storage card for music. It might be worth trying:
Menu->Refresh Music

If that does not work you might want to sign up to the beta group on yahoo and post more details there.

Cheers,

Haemish

Anonymous

It seems you have to import each albums art manually. This is kind of a pain. I like the idea. Also, volume seems to be low.

haemish

Hi.

FlipSide looks for album art in a variety of places:
1. artist_album.jpg (for example "Bauhaus_Mask.jpg")
2. folder.jpg in the same directory as an album
3. any art in the MP3 tags
4. finally there is an option to look it up on the internet

We are considering an option to always try and find missing art. However not everyone is on an unlimited data plan so we need to gauge opinion first.

Haemish

Anonymous

There are three other MP3 players that I know of for the Blackberry (Built-in, X-player, BerryTunes) and this product is already way better than any of them. I would pay $30.00 for this software as it is today. Works great right now. I would only like to see:
1) Have the Albums scroll up/down rather than right/left.
2) Have the option to display Titles rather than Album covers to reduce the scrolling time.
3) Have the ability to Name/Save Playlists.

Kimberly

I'd buy this when it comes out in a full version. Very user friendly.

seckersl

I have the 8830 and media card with songs on - so sound an OK candidate but always a bit nervous about using beta, if it doesn't work can it be easily de-installed

seckersl

can you de-install easily if it does not work ??

Tower

I've jsut downloaded it and I must say I am impressed. It kinds of give my berry a Itouch kin of feeling. Now if it only took the album art from the file instead of having to downlaod it anew to the berry.

latouf1234

It seems the usual pause and volume control while Flipside plays in the background are not working.

kurrupt_1

If they can include a video player useing the same UI that would be nice.

Jeremy R. Ruzicka

I downloaded it and love it. For some reason I can only find ringtones on my 8100. It won't download the mp3 album on my media card. Love the design!!! Can't wait for the full version!!!!

luc-mobile

I didn't like it.

The way it flips through a collection à la iPhone looks good, but actually using it is not a pleasure at all. It flips through too quickly, one's gotta be very slow and careful not to go right past what one wants. The controls aren't good. Adding songs to the playlist is awful. You have to press the trackball, but for how long? The visual feedback is poor so I ended up adding the same artist's songs to the playlist 3 times. Which reminds me: that's how you add all the songs of a certain artist to the current (and only one possible) playlist, but how do you add one single song to the playlist? I have been unable to figure that out. It's all or nothing.

It takes a long time to search and index my small collection (currently a 128 Mb card). When it's done, my collection is awfully cluttered with countless ringtones. Why in the world would someone want their ringtones in a media player catalogue or playlist? Do people actually listen to ringtones during a workout or while riding a bus?

Finally, there is no way to go back a few/couple of seconds in a podcast or audio book, and the headset's play/pause button does not work. When I get a phone call, it pauses. But it does not resume when the call is over.

Frankly, what is so cool about this player except the apple-esque flip through? That's simply an iPhone you're lusting after. And you call yourselves Crackberry addicts... :-P

aoprods

Like the product!! How do you get the unlock code and what does entering the unlock code do?

MrEastwood

I downloaded FLipSide and played around with it for a little bit before i realized that many of the album art covers that are displayed in the default player, never showed up on the FlipSide player. Even "looking for the art" manually with the player, didn't get all of the album covers...that disappointed me a little bit.

As for the rest of the features, they are pretty cool in BETA version, i am wondering what improvements are being made in order to make this player better? Also is this player going to remain free for those of us who have the trial or will we have to upgrade? (for some reason, i feel i already know the answer to that).

Also, with all of the enhancements that are being made to device software v4.3.1 will there be any tweaks to the media section besides voicenotes and video capability, for example, modified interface for the player, etc. Any answers to these questions would be appreciated.

PakieMak

Is there an option to download it via computer? I only have the "voice + text" option for my Curve.

sher_zx6r

I dl'd the player. Have a 2gb Kingston media card. I put 4 CD's on the card and it just tells me "no music found". Music plays just fine with Berry player. Anyone got a clue on this one?

sher_zx6r

I got it figured out...didn't convert to mp3 format.

mrme

What to you mean by converting to mp3 format. I had the same problem, they are all mp3 copied and pasted under blackberry/music folder. They play fine with the berry player.

tjk

My ringtones show up as parts of albums.
Any way to get rid of the songs? or do i have to alter the actual file?

dege13

I have the same problem as tjk.
I do not want my ringtones to be loaded. Can't you setup some kind of folder selection option?

SoldatCrinale

I like it but..with OS 4.3.1 coming out..all i need is a custom playlist feature. I like the flash of it...giving the scrolling and the UI design..but..it wouldnt entice me to pay for it. I think all the Bb media player was missing was a custom playlist..This does the job with flash but since im a simple person..i dont mind staying with the BB media player. Im such a cheapo too..so if i have to pay for something that does the same thing as my IPOD or the media player..and only paying for a New UI..than no thanks.

There is nothing wrong i see with it...just that again..i dont know how to create a playlist with it.unless thats a feature held for final release than i understand. otherwise its a great media player.

Good Job and good luck with the product haemish

Nick_IT_NC

Once i got the MP3's to show up, i love it, i would buy this when it becomes full version. And i think the video idea would be great. later

UncleDick

So far my experience with flipside has been cool, but not 100% reliable, as expected i guess. i'm on a 8300 via at&t and have the oz instant messenger client. after installing flipside, the im client gave me exception errors. it also caused me to have memory leak. phone log and messages gone. kept emails of course. i didn't think memory leak was even possible on the 8300. after going into edit the permissions and denying the "user data" portion, i was able to start keeping my phone log and messages. still haven't gotten the im client to work, but also haven't uninstalled flipside just yet. did battery pulls, removal and re-installation of oz, but that didn't solve either. but for the most part, i agree with the majority, very cool app. definitely love the iphone style media player. but yes there are those wrinkles that need to be ironed out like the ringtones, not resuming playback after a call, bla bla bla...you've read the rest i'm sure.

tarcisio

i downloaded for mu 8700 and i get an error when i try to access it does anyone have a clue????

KEHT

Noticed a slight problem. Some of my albums have names encoded in non UTF8 characters and they don't show up correctly (white blocks). Not a big deal. However, when I scroll through those albums the interface starts rolling uncontrollably and then disappears leaving only currently playing song (I guess).

Zen270

Any idea why less than half of the music I have on my SD card shows up in FlipSide?

I have them all my music in the same folder. And will you guys be adding .m4p/.m4a support to this?

Hairbear1954

It seems to be a pretty slick program with great potential. I neeed more time to play with it, but it is a pretty cool program. I would buy it when released.

Franklin

How do you download this? I tried typing in the address in the browser on my Blackberry 8830 only to have an error pop up.

Anonymous

This is a great application. Some things I would love:

1) Make it more compatible with A2DP headphones and remote controls. I have a pair of Motorola S9s. While I can listen to music just fine through them, unlike the native Media Player, I have no control over skipping tracks, or even play or stop.

2) Make the appliction icon more like the one used for the Media Player in the iBerry Curve theme.

That's all.

Things like video MP4 support etc can wait.

blujetta

This is awesome,i have it working on tmobile 8320 curve,fine art in a flash,great features will buy when full version is available.

peanuttie

I download it to my 8310 Blackberry Curve and works wonderful!!! I love it! Thanks!

mattchamp

i took the plunge and downloaded the beta, and its awesome...
totally pulled in all of my album art, way better than iTunes at finding obscure album art. hooray for flipside!

indio

this mp3 looks very promising. however, no video support and no playlists. it seems like you can only create one playlist. not being able to create your own playlists is really inconvenient. hope these two issues are corrected. i would get it.

Anonymous

I just downloaded FlipSlide and love it! its amazing! but I have a question though, I downloaded the trail version and there is an option to purchase the program, also there is an "unlock" option in the menu.

Does that mean the version I have will expire? if so, how long is the trail period? or does the purchased copy just enable more features? and if so what are the features?
None of the info was explained well on the website.. so wasnt really sure...

Thanks.

airshorty20

Just purchased my official copy... I love it, and the availability to download album covers makes the whole application look incredibly sleek. Woop!