There is a big list of desktop media players in the market and each one boasts about its unique features. Perhaps, the recent growth of smartphones demands more of them to be available for mobiles and tablets. Though the existing players are trying to support such needs, they tend to fall short of integrating all features under their umbrella, and the new kids on the block are seen taking the lead.
However, the big guns are rolling out cloud based music players with services like cloud storage , desktop mobile sync and streaming solutions; but with an associated cost. Amongst the crowd, Instinctiv promises to cater to all such wishes for free. Here’s what it is capable of doing.
The very first time you launch your browser it will start importing media files from common locations like Music and other libraries of players like Windows Media Player and iTunes. You may import manual directories as well. Other things like equalizer, shuffle, repeat and more are standard.
Let us talk about the gradient features. The Sync Stream technology takes the entire library to the cloud and syncs them with mobile and desktop devices and hence enhances ease of accessibility. The entire library is available for playing when you have an internet connection. If you are devoid of one, do not worry, the client app will have selected songs based on your listening habits and mood and places them on the Smart Cache (as they say).
This implies that the player is built in two parts- One, the server tool on your desktop and another, the client app on your mobile. However, you must register an account for yourself and that’s available under the Sync section.
The player gradually learns and prepares playlists according to your listening habits. The good thing is that it sets the next song to play according to your mood. However, it depends on the library tags and you need to ensure that they are set right (for example, classical music should be tagged as classical and not rock).
Not done yet. It also keeps checking and applying cover arts to your albums and songs to give you a better visual and navigation experience. To add to the simplicity it has a search box to help you find songs easily.
On a closing note I would say it also give you exceptional social updating options through Last.fm, Twitter and Facebook right from the player.
Its song identification feature adds another layer of interest for users. You might just want to check how it works.
When I started using the player things were bland. With time it started learning and now it shuffles the songs amazingly to match my mood. The cover arts have also been good so far. As per social sharing and smart phone are concerned, I haven’t got a chance to look at them; would like to hear from your experiences.