I’ve just released Vagalume 0.3, the Last.fm client for Gnome and Nokia 770/N800/N810.
Although I said that I’d begin to improve the UI after releasing version 0.2, I finally decided to implement some other basic features first. Fortunately these last two days I’ve had some time to work a bit on the UI too, and thanks to the help of my mates Felipe and Mario now we have some icons and other minor UI enhancements 🙂 (by the way, check Felipe’s blog for new ideas concerning Vagalume)
Here’s a screenshot of Vagalume 0.3 on a Nokia N800. There’s still a lot to do but at least I hope that it doesn’t look so boring:
What’s new in Vagalume 0.3?
Major changes in this release include:
- Support for lastfm://play/ URLs. These are the 30-second previews (and sometimes full-length tracks) that you get clicking on most of the songs in the Last.fm webpage.
- If you click on a lastfm:// link in other application (the web browser, the e-mail client) now it will be opened with Vagalume (Maemo only feature)
- Some of those full-length tracks can be downloaded (see examples below). There’s a new button to download the mp3 file in Vagalume for those tracks. Right now they’re always stored in the Audio Clips folder and there’s no progress bar, but I’ll improve that in future releases.
- As you can see in the above screenshot, now Vagalume shows the album cover of the track being played
- We have new buttons to love, ban and download tracks, and icons for all of them
And now a bit of spam: I’d like to recommend a couple of tracks from some local bands for you to test these new features 🙂
The first one is a band from Ourense called Annie Hall. They sing mostly in Spanish and their guitar pop is (in their own words) influenced by bands such as Teenage Fanclub and The Jesus and Mary Chain. You can listen to their whole record in its page at Last.fm, or you can play it with Vagalume clicking on these links (all tracks are downloadable):
The other band is 6PM, a Galician band whose first record, Far From Perfect, has received some good reviews. 6PM sing in English and their music is darker, more electronic and sometimes a bit experimental. Their music is often compared to that of The Postal Service. They uploaded their whole album to Last.fm and here’s the link to my favourite track: Homemade Screener
More info, packages, source code, etc., here.
Update: It seems that in the 770 all buttons appear without images, I’ll try to debug it later and release new packages for the 770.
Update: The problem in the 770 described above has been fixed in Vagalume 0.3a (so that is a 770-only release).