Springbox Widget : Finetune
Guess what! another Finetune player!
This one is pretty cool though, it is a SpringBox Widget:
We have been toiling away with the different widget environments, and our absolute fave is this one. A few months ago, I wrote about some initial playing we did with it, after deploying something on Springbox I feel much more positive about it.
The really cool thing about this release is the fact that it is Finetune's first Desktop Player (more on the way). Springbox widgets are great because you can embed them on web pages like the one above, but if you have the Springbox, you can click that green gear and pop it to the desktop. It is very much like the "Express Install" feature that the Flash Player uses for Central, the Breeze Player, and other Adobe certified apps.
When this player is on the desktop, it utilizes a feature we call "Player Deprecation". If you have the widget running, and you are browsing the Finetune site, or if you come across a Finetune Player embedded on someones blog or MySpace; The embedded player on the page will ask you if you would rather load the playlist in your desktop player. This feature is pretty awesome if you are a fan of the Finetune service. This feature will also exist in that other upcoming desktop player.
So a shout out to Fox Interactive on this one. We've used WidgetBox, Yahoo Widgets, Google Gadgets, OSX Dashboard, and so far the Springbox was the most fun, and rendered the coolest final product at the end of the day.