Win $200: Name the Zune-style (aka WP7) Music Player for Android
ALPHA preview of my upcoming WP7ish music app! (It doesn't have a name yet, name contest coming soon!) http://bit.ly/l1P1Zp
Even with the fancy new additions to the Android Music app, there has always been something special about the Metro UI used in the Zune HD and the line of Windows Phone 7 devices. There have been a few attempts at porting over the Metro UI to Android, but none with the developer status of Federico Carnales, the creator of Launcher Pro. The app is an alpha release as of now, but Carnales has promised updates and is actively responding to users on Twitter.
Carnales has an app with no name and to rectify that, he just announced he's holding a naming contest with a $200 winning prize. The contest runs until May 31 or when a name is chosen. All you have to win is send an email with as many name suggestions as you want. Personally, I like the name Metro. It's simple, ties the app to its origin and sounds good.
Carnales' app runs really well, especially considering it's only an alpha build. The app is not feature-complete by any means, and it still crashes occasionally, but it's one of the best music player apps I've used on Android so far. The app responds well to your touch, the animation is smooth and it looks beautiful. All that said, it's not exactly ready for prime time use, and will only find its niche as a secondary music app. It probably won't be able to sync to the cloud like all the other fancy new music apps. But, strictly as a music player, it's a joy to use. Federico, if you're reading, I'd love to see the artist biographies find their way into the player and down the road, support for instant playlist creation.
As a bonus, the app works well on tablets already, as discovered by Engadget. Check out the app in action in this picture and imagine what the app will look like when it reaches its final release.