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  1. Vulak'Aerr's Avatar
    What are some 3rd party apps that play music?.. And while I'm asking, does anyone know of any apps that add more colors or backgrounds?
    The WPCentral app podcast now has background playback. Also, try Tune-In Radio or BBC Radio Player for some of the best background audio stuff on the marketplace. :)
    10-24-2011 10:53 AM
  2. jdd77's Avatar
    The app has been submitted to the marketplace for approval. I'll make another post here if/when it gets approved!

    It works a charm, totally removes everything from the Volume Bar and the Lock Screen and all you have to do is open the app. No more rebooting and no more accidentally pressing play. Magic.

    (On a side note, if Microsoft don't approve it, I'll release the Source Code and XAP for everyone to compile or side load)
    That's awesome! What do I need to do to get it...download from marketplace?
    10-24-2011 11:38 AM
  3. power5's Avatar
    Why does everyone think a smart phone should be something besides a phone first? These new "one touch to always have music at the ready" comments are backwards. The controls dropping down interfere with it being a phone first and a music player after. I still don't get how fast some people need to access their music. Like 10 seconds of silence is a death sentence while you relaunch the music app which should be on your home page since its essential. Yet I have music controls on my phone after listening to one song with no MS way of removing them without rebooting the phone. You guys really think that's how it should be? Thanks to BooDev we will soon have a 3rd party app to turn off the music controls after exiting the music app.

    Compromise could be that as long as the music player is in the quick launch app switcher the controls can drop down. But if it has been booted from there then the controls no longer show. Or also if the player has not been used in 1 hour or something. I mean if you listen to music non stop this will not impede your day.
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    10-24-2011 04:11 PM
  4. Boodev's Avatar
    That's awesome! What do I need to do to get it...download from marketplace?
    Yep. I'll post a direct link to the marketplace as soon as its approved.
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    10-24-2011 04:44 PM
  5. jdd77's Avatar
    Thank you Boodev for developing something for this...I hope it gets approved! And thanks to all you guys for seeing what I mean. As power5 said, it interferes with the phone being a phone. When I'm done with the music player I wanna be done until I use it again. I don't want my favorite artist to be associated with the everyday functions of my cell phone ( like everytime I use the volume keys). If the app gets approved, I'll use the music player alot more...thanks again.
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    10-24-2011 06:04 PM
  6. starsoccer9's Avatar
    So what happened?
    10-25-2011 04:52 PM
  7. Boodev's Avatar
    Still waiting for certification of the App. It will take a couple more days probably. Usually takes between 3-6 days.
    10-27-2011 03:31 AM
  8. 11B1P's Avatar
    1) Again, using the justification that you have a completely separate device does not work. MS is not going to ever design something for the 1 of 100000 people that would willingly carry around one device (Zune) that does a fraction of what their other new device does. That is like saying you don't think it would be odd to carry an iPod Touch and an iPhone...

    2) I agree, it wouldn't hurt anything if there was an option to turn this off because I would just ignore it. HOWEVER, to install this option would have taken another 100 hrs of testing and programming...and it is just one of thousands of features that 1 person in a corner somewhere might find handy once in a lifetime. I personally am extremely glad they left it off and gave me mango 4 days earlier and didn't wait for this one feature...
    You're still missing the point. The complaint is that some of us don't want the drop down controls and would like a way to get rid of it. It doesn't affect me all that much, BECAUSE I use my Zune HD for my media. Therefore, if I listen to a song in the Marketplace on my Trophy, to see whether or not I want to purchase it for my Zune, I don't want to see the drop down controls once I'm done looking for a song.

    I find it hard to accept that it would take any more time for testing this feature. As far as Mango being released early, ....4 whole days?? And it is a disappointing update. You do realize Mango was mainly for devs, right? Very few of the 500+ features are consumer-related.
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    10-27-2011 03:51 AM
  9. Rodolfo#WP's Avatar
    My beef is that we have less daylight since Mango -and no one seems to care about that...
    10-27-2011 02:41 PM
  10. Boodev's Avatar
    Unfortunately, the application was rejected by Microsoft last night.

    Fortunately, the reason it failed is one which can be fixed. The application needs to ask the users permission to stop the music and clear the playlist. Now when the application is first launched, it asks for permission and then inside the application there is a permission toggle switch. Its a little pointless (Since why would you even open or install the app if you didn't want it to stop your music) but it hopefully fulfils Microsofts criteria regarding stopping the Zune music queue.

    As a little treat (or tease), I will upload a video of the application in action a little later today. If it fails certification again however, I will just release it for people to sideload (which would be a shame...).
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    10-28-2011 03:10 AM
  11. power5's Avatar
    Sweet, hope it passes. I know I will use it every time I stop listening to music. When I do its usually for a long time till I play another song. This week I have listened to my music on my iPhone 1 time. That was only for a few minutes also. Now in MS thinking those controls would stay available till I power down the phone????

    Reason it failed is weird. Even in MS OS implementation the app switcher does not ask if you want to open the new app which would stop the last app in your app switcher. But for some reason 3rd party apps need to ask permission to stop something?

    Awesome and quick response to the community Boodev. I will be looking up some of your apps when I finally get a WP.
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    10-28-2011 08:30 AM
  12. jdd77's Avatar
    Unfortunately, the application was rejected by Microsoft last night.

    Fortunately, the reason it failed is one which can be fixed. The application needs to ask the users permission to stop the music and clear the playlist. Now when the application is first launched, it asks for permission and then inside the application there is a permission toggle switch. Its a little pointless (Since why would you even open or install the app if you didn't want it to stop your music) but it hopefully fulfils Microsofts criteria regarding stopping the Zune music queue.

    As a little treat (or tease), I will upload a video of the application in action a little later today. If it fails certification again however, I will just release it for people to sideload (which would be a shame...).
    Thanks boodev..I can't believe all the hurdles Microsoft makes you jump through in order to develop something for their OS. It looks like the limitations they set for their phone users encompasses the creative ideas of developers as well. Its not like this is something that will change the wp7 interface, I'd hate to see what kind of constraints would be set on you [developers] for deeper customizable ideas that you come up with. Now I'm surprised that devs would wanna go the extra steps to develop something for this platform at all..but I'm glad your doing this!! And if it passes, I'll use the music player much more than I do now.. Definitely be searching for other things you develop as well.
    Last edited by jdd77; 10-28-2011 at 09:28 AM.
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    10-28-2011 09:21 AM
  13. Boodev's Avatar
    Developers are leaping all over this platform as a development platform as its a joy to develop on. The tools are fantastic, especially when you compare them to Android.

    As for the reason it failed, I had a funny feeling when I submitted it that it might fail for the reason it did. Basically, when an application opens and music is playing and the application pauses/stops the music (such as a game), it is expected to start playing the music again when the application exits. This makes complete sense as I would be pretty annoyed if an app/game stopped playing my music I was listening to and didn't restart it when I was done in this app.

    The problem is when an applications purpose doesn't fit in with that rule. As per this application. So Microsoft have asked me to implement a setting which grants the application the permission to stop your music, it has to be opt in by the user, rather than application forcing it.

    I suppose its all the rules are in the best interest of the consumer, however sometimes it does just get in the way.
    10-28-2011 10:33 AM
  14. jdd77's Avatar
    My apologies to Microsoft, as I didn't know that. My ignorance really shows as I know nothing about developing apps and all the stuff surrounding the process. It was my perception of things, I know now- not the facts. Actually I'd really like to become a dev I always have I alot of ideas just don't have the slightest clue of where to even start..
    10-28-2011 11:16 AM
  15. power5's Avatar
    Well if you have ideas that can be created on WP you will need someone who thinks your idea is worth time. Then hopefully that person can write the coding needed to make the app work. Then you will also need someone who can create all the art needed for that application as well.

    Expression Blend for Windows Phone
    Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
    Windows Phone emulator
    XNA Game Studio 4.0
    Silverlight
    .NET Framework 4
    Those are the coding programs listed on windows site. You will need to learn how to use them and what they do. Then you will need programs like illustrator and photoshop to create the art for the app.
    Developing a Windows Phone Application from Start to Finish

    For beginners
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Wind...lute-Beginners
    Last edited by power5; 10-28-2011 at 12:17 PM.
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    10-28-2011 12:10 PM
  16. jdd77's Avatar
    Thanks for the link power5, I didn't know where to start. Instead of posting alot of questions about things.. I want to just make those things.
    10-28-2011 12:53 PM
  17. power5's Avatar
    Good luck. Coding is probably like learning a new language. Pretty steep learning curve I would bet.
    10-28-2011 12:58 PM
  18. Boodev's Avatar
    Jumping back on topic, I got around to recording a video of Stop the Music! in action, just as I promised. Hopefully it does what you were expecting!

    Still not been certified yet, but heres to hoping it will shortly.

    Until then...
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    10-30-2011 12:50 PM
  19. jdd77's Avatar
    Cool I hope it gets certified..thanks again
    10-30-2011 01:31 PM
  20. power5's Avatar
    Looks perfect man. I would just add that maybe put the title "Stop the Music" in the tile. Its just a square right now with no explanation of what the app is.
    10-30-2011 03:31 PM
  21. Curtieson's Avatar
    Until then...
    I loved the "voila" with your hand at the end, haha. Good work.
    10-31-2011 09:32 AM
  22. Curtieson's Avatar
    You're still missing the point. The complaint is that some of us don't want the drop down controls and would like a way to get rid of it. It doesn't affect me all that much, BECAUSE I use my Zune HD for my media. Therefore, if I listen to a song in the Marketplace on my Trophy, to see whether or not I want to purchase it for my Zune, I don't want to see the drop down controls once I'm done looking for a song.

    I find it hard to accept that it would take any more time for testing this feature. As far as Mango being released early, ....4 whole days?? And it is a disappointing update. You do realize Mango was mainly for devs, right? Very few of the 500+ features are consumer-related.
    I think you are missing the point...1) Why have two devices that do the same thing? You don't ever see anyone carrying two car keys...do you? and 2) The 4 days was 1 feature...1 feature...when there are admittedly still hundreds to go. I was saying even if this was on their radar, it is not high up and was not worth a delay in this major update.

    And no, I did not realize Mango was for Devs only as I am quite happy with the 5 consumer features (namely the Fast Task Switching and new Maps Directions; personally)that I couldn't even notice?
    10-31-2011 09:41 AM
  23. Rodolfo#WP's Avatar
    Sorry, but the "Mango-was-for-developers-only (or -mostly)" story is nonsense: Here's an engadget review that lists only a hundred or so of the consumer improvements in 7.5, including a few video illustrations of a number of these. The list does not include the many app-specific consumer improvements enabled by the for-developers Mango developments.

    Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in-depth preview (video) -- Engadget
    Last edited by Rodolfo; 10-31-2011 at 03:10 PM.
    10-31-2011 02:55 PM
  24. Boodev's Avatar
    Well would you look at that...one certified Stop the Music! application.

    It *JUST* this second got certified. Here is the link but it may not be active in your region yet. Give it 12 hours though and you should be able to download it.

    Enjoy!

    http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=0899...8-685308e1568b

    I've made a post in the App Spotlight section (http://forums.windowscentral.com/app...ght/182683.htm), please post any feedback there and please leave a review on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
    Last edited by Boodev; 11-02-2011 at 08:56 AM.
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    11-02-2011 08:47 AM
  25. jdd77's Avatar
    Well would you look at that...one certified Stop the Music! application.

    It *JUST* this second got certified. Here is the link but it may not be active in your region yet. Give it 12 hours though and you should be able to download it.

    Enjoy!

    http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=0899...8-685308e1568b

    I'll be making a post in the App Spotlight section, please post any feedback there and please leave a review on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
    its so cool to actually see this app! Like you said, its not available in my region yet..Cant wait to download it!

    Ok just downloaded it tonight..it works perfectly! I pinned the music &videos tile back on the home screen and next to it is stop the music. I can't beleive how fast you responded and made this app..thanks again..
    Last edited by jdd77; 11-03-2011 at 12:15 AM.
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    11-02-2011 08:58 AM
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