Conduits Techologies, Inc. Announces Pocket Player 3.7 for Windows Mobile

Pictured, from left: album art visualization; browser enhancements including Back button and enqueue gesture; landscape album art display; Smartphone browser including 'Settings' and 'More' icons. More screenshots are available at the Pocket Player website.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 20, 2008 -- Conduits Technologies, Inc. announced today the release of Pocket Player 3.7 for Windows Mobile. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a dynamic media player on a mobile device. Pocket Player 3.7 includes new library features, improved Bluetooth compatibility and Universal Plug-and-Play support, as well as many other performance enhancements and bug fixes. Pocket Player 3.7 is fully compatible with all Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 5.0, Pocket PC 2003, and Smartphone 2003 devices.

LIBRARY ENHANCEMENTS

Pocket Player 3.7 enhances the engine that powers its media library and browser in several ways; performance has now been improved through database and file system optimizations, which lead to faster scanning times and fewer track-to-track delays when listening to music.

The Pocket Player 3.7 media browser has also been refined, and is now fully configurable, allowing control over browsing behaviors, such as whether to include local content, network content, or both in the media listings. Users can reorder the browser’s category screen; for example, it can be configured such that the ‘Albums’ option is at the top of the list, and the ‘Songs’ option is on a second page.

Additionally, the media browser now recognizes certain context-sensitive touch gestures, such as swiping left-to-right on an item, or touch-and-holding on an item. These gestures cause actions to be performed, such as adding an item to the current playlist, popping up a menu, or selecting the item for playback. In previous versions of Pocket Player, these actions were not configurable; for version 3.7, these actions can now be remapped based on user preferences.

LYRICS

The Pocket Player 3.7 media library now supports reading embedded lyrics in music tracks, and is bundled with a Lyrics plugin that allows the user to peruse the lyrics to a track. This plugin can be left open and will switch lyric displays as Pocket Player advances from track to track. In order to show this interface, select the Menu > Current Track > Lyrics command while playing a track that has embedded lyrics.

BLUETOOTH IMPROVEMENTS

Pocket Player 3.7 now boasts support for all styles of Bluetooth headsets: mono, stereo, and hybrid headsets (that have both phone-style headset functions as well as stereo audio headphones) such as the Motorola HT820. This new release includes built-in support for AVRCP Bluetooth controls. AVRCP is the remote control protocol used by stereo headsets, and directs music players to play, pause, go back, or advance to the next track.

Previously, a separate plugin was required for AVRCP to work with Pocket Player, and now with support built into the core product, it takes up fewer system resources. The AVRCP feature also allows the user can remap the Bluetooth controls to any function in Pocket Player. For example, the Next button can be mapped to Jump Forward 30 Seconds, or the Back button can be mapped to toggle the equalizer.

UNIVERSAL PLUG-AND-PLAY (UPnP)

Pocket Player 3.7 features a new version of the Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP) plugin that addresses problems users experienced with Pocket Player 3.6, such as stream connection and browsing issues, and also introduces several UPnP-specific features. After installing the plugin, the list of Universal Plug-and-Play devices and settings can found by selecting Browse > Network.

All reported bugs and issues in the plugin have been resolved with the new release. These fixes include browser timeouts, inability to connect to certain UPnP server streams, and crash reports.

The UPnP Media Server has been enhanced to add compatibility with Windows Media Player 11 running on Windows Vista. With a mobile device running Pocket Player and the UPnP plugin connected to a home network (over WiFi) with a desktop running WMP11, a user can pull content from their device using their desktop PC and stream it directly into Windows Media Player. Alternatively, the media can be streamed to any UPnP Media ‘Renderer’ device for playback.

The UPnP server is able to serve up image files as well as music and video, and leverages Pocket Player’s library auto-scan feature, where new files are added to the library automatically. For example, with Pocket Player running, a user can snap a picture using their mobile device’s camera, and WMP11 on the desktop would automatically list the new photo inside of its own media browser, and show the picture on the desktop, without manually copying the file across.

Pocket Player 3.7 now supports sending album art information to WMP11, when the desktop is pulling music from the device. The UPnP plugin also supports receiving album art information when it is available; at this time, that feature is limited to the TwonkyVision UPnP media server. Using this feature, Pocket Player can stream music from a desktop PC and still display album art to the user.

The UPnP plugin also has remote control functionality (supporting the UPnP ControlPoint specification), whereby it can browse media from other UPnP servers, and play that content locally or on another UPnP playback device. Pocket Player 3.7 supports enqueue functionality in the browser, and, when using the media browser’s standard enqueue command, new tracks can be queued up in the current playlist for future playback.

WAV VOICEMAIL PLAYBACK, OTHER FIXES

A common use case of Pocket Player is to enable playback of certain WAV email attachments sent by voicemail systems. Users of Pocket Player 3.6 encountered playback problems when attempting to use this feature with some voicemail systems. These issues have now been resolved. All other reported bugs and problems have been addressed with Pocket Player 3.7, such as issues related to device power, buttons, and screen functionality.

AVAILABILITY

Pocket Player 3.7 for Windows Mobile Professional and Standard (Pocket PC and Smartphone) is available as an 30-day, unabridged free trial from http://www.conduits.com/products/player/ where the user can download and evaluate both products unabridged for 30 days. More information, including a complete list of skins, plugins and features, can also be found at the Conduits website.

For registered users of Pocket Player 2.X and 3.X for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone from September 2005 to present, the upgrade is free.

Upgrades for customers who purchased Pocket Player 1.X and 2.X before September 1st 2005, are priced at $9.95 from http://store.conduits.com/popl2up.html.

Pocket Player is a trademark of Conduits Technologies, Inc.. Microsoft®, Windows® and/or Windows® Media® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Album art generated using images from Openphoto.net. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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ABOUT CONDUITS:

Conduits develops commercial applications for Windows Mobile Standard and Professional, including the award-winning Pocket Player (an easy-to-use, networkable music and video player), Pocket Slides (a fully-featured presentation solution), Pocket Artist (a drawing and image manipulation program) and seven other Windows Mobile products. Recently, four Conduits products were named winners in various categories at the 2007 Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards.

For further information on Pocket Player, OEM, corporate bulk pricing or reseller opportunities:
Carrie Hall
Conduits Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (212) 248-5730
Fax: (212) 248-5794
E-mail: carrie@conduits.com