I have had my HTC Universal for a few months now, and while its still a very cool device, I cant get round how crappy Media Player 10 is.

The user interface is horrible,  it wont sync my playlists like its suppose to, building a new playlist on the fly it too cumbersome a process, as is the  using the interface in general, it wont play some mp3 encodings, and every morning, after loading up my playlist and leaving for work, it will suddenly stop playing 10 minutes into the first mp3.

On top of all that, if you pause an MP3, stow away the device, then turn it back on at the end of the day, not only will it cancel the playing of the current track, it will actually mark it as problematic in the playlist (with a little exclamation mark), and proceed to the next track. It will refuse to play that file, until you go and re-add it manually to the playlist.

I tolarated this up to a point, but yesterday I got so fed up of having to pull it out once again to mess with it, in the middle of the crowded street, that this morning I went in search of an alternative free media player for Windows Mobile 2005.

Its funny.  For my original MDA I installed GSPlayer, a free, opensource, but highly customizable MP3 player made by Y.Nagamidori.

After spending about an hour looking around the net for software for Windows Mobile 2005, it seems that there isn’t much around.  Purely by coincidence, I ran back into GSPlayer, and its developer has a Beta of a WM05 version!

Funny how things work out eh.

http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA032810/

Go check it out, I highly recommend it!

Features
– MP3 playback using the MAD 0.15.0b
– Ogg Vorbis playback
– Wave format playback
– HTTP streaming playback (MP3 / Ogg Vorbis)
– SHOUTcast streaming playback (MP3 / Ogg Vorbis)
– ID3 v1/v1.1 support
– PLS/M3U playlist support
– 10 bands equalizer (MP3 playback only)
– Surround / Bassboost effects
– Reverb / Echo effects
– Skin support
– Hardware button mapping
– Noiseless playback (See decoder tab in options dialog)
– Sleep Timer
– Hold (Lock hardware buttons)

– PocketPC / PocketPC2002 / WM2003 / WM2003SE / 2005 (beta) support

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