Beginning a music player app for Windows Phone 8

gdebojyoti

Freelance web designer
Just got my first Windows Phone (a Lumia 520). One of the reasons for getting it was developing my own WP8 apps.
I would like to start with music player app - one that can play mp3 files from phone memory and SD card, arrange songs according to name, albums and artists, create playlists, and recognise album arts.

What do I need to know before I can start building it?

I have zero experience in app development; I am a web designer.

I also noticed that there are very few "polished" music players (which function properly as well as have a nice UI) in the WP store. Any particular reason for that (other than the platform being relatively new)?

Regards.
 
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gdebojyoti

gdebojyoti

Freelance web designer
None of the above. All my programming has been in C so far, which I believe doesn't help much in app dev.
 
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gdebojyoti

gdebojyoti

Freelance web designer
@shankar_psn: Thank you. I'll have a look at it.


I created this post mainly because the lack of quality music players appeared a bit strange to me. I have heard that a particular file type can be accessed by only one app (please correct me if I am wrong). So does it mean that one has to somehow uninstall the default music player in order to use the newly downloaded one?

For instance, I have Adobe Reader which can read PDFs from my MicroSD card. But the "PDF Reader" app (which I installed just yesterday) cannot even find them!

So I wanted to know if there was something about WP8 that doesn't allow such things - if these "security measures", which render apps like file managers less useful, are also responsible for the lack of music players in this otherwise very fantastic platform.

Please note that I come from Android, and am very new to Windows Phone platform. So kindly point out if there's something incorrect about my assumptions.

Regards.
 

rijinpk1

Aspiring Novelist
@shankar_psn: Thank you. I'll have a look at it.


I created this post mainly because the lack of quality music players appeared a bit strange to me. I have heard that a particular file type can be accessed by only one app (please correct me if I am wrong). So does it mean that one has to somehow uninstall the default music player in order to use the newly downloaded one?

For instance, I have Adobe Reader which can read PDFs from my MicroSD card. But the "PDF Reader" app (which I installed just yesterday) cannot even find them!

So I wanted to know if there was something about WP8 that doesn't allow such things - if these "security measures", which render apps like file managers less useful, are also responsible for the lack of music players in this otherwise very fantastic platform.

Please note that I come from Android, and am very new to Windows Phone platform. So kindly point out if there's something incorrect about my assumptions.

Regards.

windows phone 8 restricts apps by many ways. an example is thatyou do not have any call recording app in store. this is because, micro phone mutes for 3rd party apps while you are calling.
 

rijinpk1

Aspiring Novelist
there is an app called 'music player' in store which can play music even if the phone is locked. But a full featured video player app 'Moliplayer' needs the screen to be on to play music, music stops just after minimizing. WP8 introduced many restrictions.

So is my suspicion about the lack of music player issue correct?

i really dont know
 
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gdebojyoti

gdebojyoti

Freelance web designer
Will any existing WP8 developer please confirm whether or not it is prudent to start creating a music player app?
I don't want to start something that won't work. :-/
 

rijinpk1

Aspiring Novelist
Will any existing WP8 developer please confirm whether or not it is prudent to start creating a music player app?
I don't want to start something that won't work. :-/

dont get disappointed. there is nothing impossible. your hard work will get paid in one day or another day.
 

nikufellow

In the zone
apps aren't allowed to setthemselves as the default handler for anything which the OS has a built-in handler for, and the built-in media app has capabilities no third-party app is allowed to have
 
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gdebojyoti

gdebojyoti

Freelance web designer
@rijinpk1: Thank you.

The thing that motivates me is the thought that a lot of people would be using my app.

However that won't be happening if my music player stops playing as soon as the user hits the back button or the start button - something which has been happening with quite a few players.

From what I have learnt so far, the best way seems integrating with the built-in music features.
 

kkn13

Cyber Genius FTW
apps aren't allowed to setthemselves as the default handler for anything which the OS has a built-in handler for, and the built-in media app has capabilities no third-party app is allowed to have

that restriction was removed recently even whatsapp now has access to send all types of files not just pics
 
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gdebojyoti

gdebojyoti

Freelance web designer
@kkn13: Any link to an official word from Microsoft regarding access to all file types by all applications? I googled it but did not come up with any desired result.
 

Flash

Lost in speed
WP needs video players, that can play all formats.. first and foremost is MKV format..
@OP: After you coded for music players, try develop one for video player.
 
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