A mobile phone friendly version of the Magnatune web site is now available.
It is known to work with iPhone, Android and Blackberry. This is the only way for users of Android and Blackberry phones to access the member-only features. iPhone users can our our iPhone app, or use this new Magnatune mobile site.
This mobile interface might work on other phones models (Symbian? Windows Mobile 7?). If it does work for you on another phone model, please leave a comment.
To get to Mobile Magnatune, you can either go directly to http://magnatune.com/mobile/ or visit the Magnatune home page, which will auto-detect your iPhone/iPad/Android/Blackberry phone and place a message at the top, inviting you to instead visit the mobile site. Here is what the Magnatune home page now looks like from an iPhone:
The reason I have it display a message at the top of the page, is so that you have the option of using the graphics-heavy normal web site if you want to.
On the home page of Magnatune Mobile, you can choose to listen to music by genre, artist or album. If you're a member you can also choose to log in and get a advertising-free version of all the same offerings:
In addition, all our podcasts are also available here, seen here on the Android:
When you play an album, the artwork, artist and album name are displayed above a controller (shown here on a blackberry):
and here is what it looks like on an iPhone:
One slight oddity: each platform seems have a different concept of when to "stop the music". Here is what I've found:
- iPhone/iPad: music keeps playing when you leave a page. However, when you go to play another piece of music the controller shows a "pause" button on the current page (instead of a "play" button) and when you click the "pause" button, the existing music (currently playing in the background) stops and the foreground music starts. This seems like the best implementation of any mobile phone so far.
- Android: In my tests, only Android versions 2.3.1 and greater work correctly. Earlier versions of Android appear to lack support for web-based audio. Also, music keeps playing when you leave the page, and if you play another album, both play at the same time (background and foreground music). Therefore, on Android, you should hit "pause" on an album if you want it to stop playing, it will not auto-stop (until you exit the browswer).
- Blackberry: I wasn't able to play another album or pause the current one once I'd started playing one. This was on my Blackberry 9800. This looks like a bug, and may already be fixed on newer models.
Update on March 4th
I've been able to get the Magnatune Mobile web site to work now with older Android versions, specifically v1.6, v2.1, v2.2, v2.3.1, v2.3.3.
There now a message at the bottom of the screen which says "no sound? click here", which then is a direct URL to the mp3 file itself. This workaround seems to work on most everything.
Here is what it now looks like on Android 1.6:
after you "click here" a new window will open with a dedicated audio player which looks like this.
When you close the audio player, you're taken back to the previous page, so this alternative method works out quite well.
Note that these screens and this additional step are only required on older mobile phones. Current iPhone and Android phones support the "audio player on a page" and look perfect.