Work in progress: app redesign

You might have noticed there has been no releases of bliss for a few weeks, or at least certainly longer than I would prefer! I tend to prefer releasing small incremental improvements of bliss, encouraging early feedback for new features, and tend to plan work to achieve that.

However, there are some sorts of features that are difficult to "salami slice" in this way. And what I'm working on at the moment is one such feature: a complete reset of the bliss UI.

Mercedes COMAND album artwork

Mercedes COMAND is the in-vehicle control and information system installed across the Mercedes-Benz range. From COMAND you can navigate with GPS, make and receive phone calls and, of course, play music from your music collection. Pertinently, COMAND has a screen built into the dashboard that has got slowly larger and larger down the years. This is a great place to display album artwork to help you navigate your music collection.

Gold!

... wait a minute, stop! No cheap 80s New Wave references here. This week's topic is about gold music libraries; what they are, and why they are a useful way of thinking about how you store your music collection.

'What about Metadata' - a video primer

A couple of months ago I received a tweet from BartonMeeks to the @bliss_music Twitter account suggesting I take a look at a YouTube video.

The video is produced by Dutch audiophile and writer Hans Beekhuyzen, explaining the basics of music metadata management.

I think it's a great primer on the subject, with some good tips and warnings about common problems. Before I " stick my oar in", here's the video for you to enjoy:

Ford SYNC album art

SYNC is the Ford Motor Company's in-vehicle entertainment system which allows all manner of in car functions; playing music, hands free telephone calls and so on. It's been around for almost a decade and has gone through three main revisions; we now have SYNC 3 which is being deployed in a large proportion of Ford cars (over half of the US fleet) from the end of 2016 onwards.