MyStrands Social Player v2.6

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Description: MyStrands/Social Player is much more than just a freeware music player for your S60 3rd device. It is a community and a music discovery service that - among other things - analyzes the songs you listen to and makes real-time recommendations based on several factors. I don’t want to get into too much detail about the website and free services (because this is an S60 3rd apps review blog!) but you should begin your MyStrands experience by signing up for a free account on their site.

The S60 3rd app itself is listed on the download page as only being compatible with the E60. The forthcoming version (Social Player 2.4) is compatible with other S60 3rd devices and should be formally released within about one month. The following review is of the upcoming version 2.4 so some features may vary between versions 1.0 and 2.4. To avoid confusion, note that version 1.0 of this app is called ‘MyStrands’ while the upcoming version has been renamed to ‘Social Player’.

Once installed on your S60 3rd device and launched for the first time, Social Player asks for your username and password or you may create an account if you do not already have one. While there is an offline mode, to fully experience MyStrands you should also choose a data connection type. The app supports WLAN, 3G, and GPRS although certain functions are inhibited with GPRS due to bandwidth limitations. Once entered, this information is then saved for future logins


The main screen gives you direct access to the various sections of the app: My Music, Now Playing, My Recs (recommendations), Who’s Listening (other MyStrands members who have listened to the song you are currently playing), and Community (your MyStrands friends). Once you build your music library and sync it for the first time through the options menu (both functions were performed surprisingly fast with 330 songs on my memory card) you’re ready to go. Browsing through your library can be done by Track, Artist, Album, or Playlist. Once you select the track(s) you want to listen to, choose play -> selected.

If available, the album art is displayed on the player screen. I was surprised at the fact that album art was even displayed for much of my more obscure music.

Scroll to the next section of Social Player or access it through the Options menu to view recommendations according to the track you are currently playing. The number of recommendations displayed is configurable in Settings. Recommendations are quickly loaded and displayed alongside their album art, the fun really starts. Pressing the Options key allows you to view info about each recommendation and even stream the song clip right to your device


Powerful music tool for the mobile

Browse and play your music by track, artist, album and playlist.
Get recommendations for great music.
Link to our extensive mobile web site for detailed information.
Find out who's playing your music now. Find out what other music they're listening to. Add them as a friend.
Discover new music through your friends.
InstallationDuring installation, the user is asked to agree to our license.
Multi-language application: Application is installed with the language set on device. Not all text labels, but the most important ones, have been


Installation

During installation, the user is asked to agree to our license.
Multi-language application: Application is installed with the language set on device. Not all text labels, but the most important ones, have been internationalized.
Before you can install the application, you have to enable all software installations: 1. Find the 'Application Manager' application (usually in the 'Tools' folder) 2. Select 'Options' and then 'Settings'. 3. Set 'Software installation' to 'All'.

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