Track 8: a Metro music app for iPad

Love your iPad? Love Microsoft's Metro design language? Well, you're in luck, because we've got just the app for you: Ender Labs' new Track 8, a Metro inspired music player for iPad.

Judging by the screenshots, Track 8 has some pretty impressive eye candy, and it looks like it came right out of Windows 8 (which shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the title – we're assuming that it's a pun on Windows 8 and the ill-fated 8 Track), and it definitely looks a heck of a lot more intuitive than the iPad's default music player.

Although we haven't had a chance to check it out for ourselves yet, Beautiful Pixels has a pretty thorough review. Despite a few shortcomings, like the inability to create playlists within the app, they call it a 'must buy' for fans of the Metro interface. “This app is proof,” the review concludes, “that Metro UI looks great on a tablet.”

Track 8 is available now on the App Store for the paltry sum of $1.99, and if you're looking for an alternative music player to relieve you of the default app, Track 8 looks like a pretty good choice. We're also real curious-like to see how Microsoft feels about apps like this.

Image via Ender Labs

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GreyWolf said,
Hmm... That looks like Segoe... that's kinda copyrighted.

Fonts can be licensed, and from what I understand it's rather tenuous to go to court over something like that. A ton of the fonts that come with Windows are eerily similar to other fonts (arial/helvetica, bookman/palatino)

I am running the Google Chrome ext called Mysites. It gives you a Metro Style browser start page with all your most used sites using Metro inspired tiles and I hate it. This is my first real experience with a metro interface and I find it overwhelming and confusing. It is too hard to see what I need.

derekaw said,
I am running the Google Chrome ext called Mysites. It gives you a Metro Style browser start page with all your most used sites using Metro inspired tiles and I hate it. This is my first real experience with a metro interface and I find it overwhelming and confusing. It is too hard to see what I need.

Because it is not real metro stuff. Just a cheap copy-cat. Wait and see

derekaw said,
I am running the Google Chrome ext called Mysites. It gives you a Metro Style browser start page with all your most used sites using Metro inspired tiles and I hate it. This is my first real experience with a metro interface and I find it overwhelming and confusing. It is too hard to see what I need.

as said above, it's because the crap you use have nothing to do with Metro UI. just random sized rectangles with different colors that fill the screen evenly is far from being design language to begin with.

Wow. Now this is at least the minimum as to how the built-in Media app should be on Windows 8 when it rolls out. Enderlabs did a great job.

Looks nice albeit a bit busy (the background mainly). They did a terrific job copying Zune and yeah I too wonder whether this app will remain in the store for very long before Microsoft steps in.

.Neo said,
Looks nice albeit a bit busy (the background mainly). They did a terrific job copying Zune and yeah I too wonder whether this app will remain in the store for very long before Microsoft steps in.

Why would Microsoft care? They haven't cared anyone else that has adopted Windows based UI concepts that have been used in software for 20 years, let alone other Metro inspired projects. (Microsoft is NOT Apple.)

Because the software is almost a 1:1 copy of Zune Software, honestly I wouldn't blame Microsoft if they had a bit of an issue with that. And isn't that app using the Segoe font? Regardless, let's not pretend Microsoft never protected its intellectual property in the past.

jasondefaoite said,
Shame the app crashes like a mofo on a JB iPad2 running 5.01.

Devs are aware of it. Better fix it, else I'd be needing a refund.

Why should they refund you if you have a jailbroken iPad?

i think metro is going to intimidate and confuse a lot of people, at least in the beginning. the whole interface is so starkly different. i see the screenshot above and all i can discern is clutter...but maybe i'm just in the minority who likes fewer icons and a cleaner desktop

Arpit said,
i think metro is going to intimidate and confuse a lot of people, at least in the beginning. the whole interface is so starkly different. i see the screenshot above and all i can discern is clutter...but maybe i'm just in the minority who likes fewer icons and a cleaner desktop

You actually see clutter and can't understand that screenshot? wat.

It looks really cool. Some of the reviews of the app even say that it supports iTunes Match. Does it access the same music library as the Music App? I thought (for some reason) Apple wouldn't allow that.

I'd buy it and try it out right now, but I just don't listen to music off of my iPad often enough to justify it.

...and it definitely looks a heck of a lot more intuitive than the iPad's default music player.

Are you saying Music App is unintuitive? I think it can be improved on, but it certainly isn't difficult to navigate or use (well, for a normal person).

Shadrack said,
It looks really cool. Some of the reviews of the app even say that it supports iTunes Match. Does it access the same music library as the Music App? I thought (for some reason) Apple wouldn't allow that.

They got rid of that rule a while ago, I think. The same with browsers, I believe (although I think the browser still has to use WebKit)

Shadrack said,

Are you saying Music App is unintuitive? I think it can be improved on, but it certainly isn't difficult to navigate or use (well, for a normal person).

It could definitely use some improving, yeah. It was actually better to start with, IMHO, before they overhauled it (<-- I got the iPad 1 when it came out)

THolman said,

They got rid of that rule a while ago, I think. The same with browsers, I believe (although I think the browser still has to use WebKit)

Well, there has been a web browser component/API that other 3rd party apps can use (that has been the case for awhile now), but the 3rd party app doesn't have access to your Safari bookmarks (I don't think).

It would be nice if they opened up more things. I wouldn't mind developers coming out with an improved address book, contact list, and SMS w/o the need to Jailbreak.