...It plays music too!
There have been a lot of question asked about the music playback capabilities. I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about what you can expect.
Yes, it plays music
To give you a little background, for a short while I personally was on the fence about what we should provide regarding music playback. There is so much great homebrew out there already which does an excellent job at it. And as fun as it can be, it doesn't often make sense to reinvent the wheel so-to-speak. We also want to support and drive the homebrew community and want to make sure people are exploring all the great stuff that has been created.
On the other hand, we want to ensure that you will be able to take the device out of the box, plug it in, and immediately be able to copy your songs over and play them. It is a benefit for the users who are not quite as familiar with the homebrew scene. We also have this great skinning engine which will lend itself well to the creation of some fantastic media player skins.
To make a long story short (too late), I and the other members of the development team spent a lot of time reading the forum posts and talking to you guys, and it really felt like the consensus was that it would be a good idea to include it as an out-of-the-box feature. So, we did it
We didn't want to give you a simple "Ugly-long-list-of-filenames-in-a-single-directory-from-which-you-can-pick-one-and-play-it" type music players. Instead, we scan the filesytem for music files, and automatically organize them into a music library for you, by artist, album, genre etc. From that music library you can either pick an artist, genre, song, album etc. and play it immediately, or you can queue it up into an on-the-fly playlist. We also provide full shuffle and repeat functionality. And of course it's all completely run by our skinning engine. Finally, there's one other super fun feature which I will hold off on discussing, as I'm sure I wouldn't do it justice in words. I believe we should have a video up soon so you can check it out.
I hope I was able to answer your questions adequately.