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MediaMonkey for Android is coming soon

If you are a fan of MediaMonkey you will be happy to know that it is being developed for Android by fellow XDA forum member, BulletproofIdeal, to celebrate the upcoming release of the fourth version of the desktop client.

If you are not familiar with MediaMonkey here is how the wiki describes it:

MediaMonkey is a proprietary digital media player and media library application developed by Ventis Media Inc., for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windowsoperating systems. By using plugins, it can be extended to handle video and other media formats as well.

This is a work-in-progress beta, but it is well underway. Checkout the list of planned features after the break:

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Zimly, Another Alternative Music Player For Android

It’s no secret these days that the stock music player for Android, to put it nicely, is slightly outdated.  Fortunately, with the openness of Android, there are plenty of alternatives for you to pick from.  As I always say, more choice is better, right?  That being said, check out Zimly for Android.  Zimly offers a clean, crisp and new streamlined look for your media player when it comes to playing music, audio and video.  And the best part of it all is, it’s free.  PowerAMP is another great alternative player, but that will run you $4.99 in the market (free version is a 15 day trial). Music Mod isn’t too bad as well, but I felt the interface left a lot to be desired.

Zimly has all of the expected standard features a media player should have.  It’s the design of the application that we’re going for here, being that we just want an updated and contemporary look.  However, all of the necessary functionality is there as well.  If you’re ready to upgrade the look and feel of the stock media player, then head on over to our apps database for more information and for the download.  Let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.  And feel free to let us know what your preferred media player is?

VLC Media Player For Android Gets An Update

VLC, a popular media player which allows you to play video in almost any format or codec known to man, has recently received an update for the Android application.  The developers are still working on this folks, so be patient, as they are currently working on this in their free time.  According to the developers, the app is progressing well and maturing more and more on a daily basis for Android.  Ivoire, a VLC Media Player developer had this to say on his blog:

After two months of work, VLC media player is working quite well on Android based systems. The project still requires a lot of work before any release but we now know that running VLC media player on Android is achievable.

Some of the things they have been working on as stated on the developers blog include: Read more

Popular Linux Media Player MPlayer Arrives on Android

Any of you who have much background with a Linus OS have probably used mPlayer. It’s a very versatile audio/video player that has had a lot of success in the open source community. Well, XDA-Developers member ajeet17181 has ported the popular media player over to the Android platform. While this may be a work in progress (it hasn’t been tested on every phone out there yet), it seems to be stable and functional, with a clean minimalistic interface.

Features –
1) Support all subtitle format.
2) Proper audio video sync.
3) Uses libfaad2 and libmad for aac and mp3 decoding.
4) Stream URL support

Those looking for a simple yet capable media player that does various audio and video formats, check it out at the source link.

[via XDA-Developers]

Thanks to Customer Feedback, Update Brings Improvements to RealPlayer for Android

RealPlayer for Android made its appearance mid-last-year, and RealNetworks has been soliciting feedback from users from day one, and have really been listening to your suggestions. Today they announced an updated version of their media player app, taking their updates largely from your input. The updated version brings the folllowing changes to the table:

  • A redesigned home screen
  • A widget allowing playback from the home screen
  • Enhanced graphics
  • A feature for videos and song removal
  • An improved way to select directories for music, videos and photos
  • Landscape mode for music playback
  • Music playback by directory folder
  • A quick way to hide video status bar
  • A selection for video aspect ratio
  • Removal of the roulette wheel
  • Support for music playlists playback

If you have downloaded the RealPlayer app, be sure you pick up the update. And if you’re looking for a good media player app, give RealPlayer a try. Either way, let us know what you think of it.

[via RealNetworksBlog]

VLC Coming to Android in “A Matter of Weeks”

VLC has been a very popular media player on Mac, Linux, and PC for years. In September, an iOS version was released (pictured above), and while we certainly expected to see it come to Android shortly after that, so far we’ve not seen a version running. That is about to change, however, as Lead Developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf has stated that an Android version should be available in “a matter of weeks.”

What makes VLC so special? Primarily, its minimalist interface and the fact that it plays nearly every file format known to man. It’s been an open-source solution on various platforms, so many Android users already know it. For being so powerful and versatile, however, it’s typically a very low-overhead program. One thing that Android users request most often is more options for media files, so VLC should be a welcome addition to the Android repertoire. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when it goes live.

[via GigaOm]

Archos 32 media player up for pre-order, then promptly pulled

Want to get your hands on an Android based media player? Well unfortunately, you may have missed your chance, as the Archos 32 was available for pre-order… and then promptly “yoinked”. Keep in mind, this preorder went up before it’s even been officially announced. Sources say it’s  “decidedly more portable” than other attempts by Archos to bring us PMP’s. Specs include:

  • Android 2.1
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • 8GB of storage
  • WiFi
  • camera and microphone

There is also speculation that it may be upgradeable to Android 2.2… not bad, considering the $149.99 price tag we saw.

The website that had the pre-order up was

[via engadget]