Pocket Tunes for Foleo Announced
In an announcement at San Francisco’s recent Linuxworld conference, longtime Palm OS developers Normsoft have revealed they are bringing their popular Pocket Tunes music player to the Palm Foleo. Mark Belliveau, Normsoft’s VP of Marketing and Business Development, has provided Palminfocenter with a few details as well as a promotional flyer.
Complimenting Foleo’s oft-touted instant-on feature, the flyer states, “Pocket Tunes on the Palm Foleo combines instant on with instant music.” The screenshot on the Foleo shows playback controls clearly derived from the gorgeous Sleek interface of Pocket Tunes 4, and a large three-pane view area for album art, library navigation and the current playlist.
- Background playback
- Support for streaming mp3 Internet radio stations
- Graphic equalizer
- And new to this version, the ability to re-mix your playlists on-the-fly.
The player will use SD cards for the storage of music files. The flyer also states that Pocket Tunes for Foleo will have an API accessible to third-party developers, so that they can use pTunes’ audio capabilities for their own applications.
One tantalising answer from Mr. Belliveau – although it could just be Normsoft hedging their bets – came here:
PIC: Will it be music-only, or will you expand to other kinds of media as well?
Mark Belliveau: The initial version will be focused on music playback. (emphasis ours)
Possibly hinting that Normsoft may focus on video playback in future editions. When asked which release date they were shooting for, Mr. Belliveau responded: “At this time, we cannot disclose what the release date of the product will be.” Possibly, this could mean that Pocket Tunes will launch alongside the Foleo and Normsoft are unwilling to disclose the release date as Palm themselves have not settled on a firm date for the Foleo. The software is currently in beta. Normsoft have set up a teaser page here, and will post further news on their blog as they make it available.
View: Pocket Tunes Foleo Flyer