One basic feature of every operating system is its media player. It allows users to playback audio and video files as well as offering information on certain tracks, albums or artists. Also, they allow the user to create playlists with their favorite music. Windows Media Player is all well and good, but most of us feel the need for a better player that has a nicer user interface and offers more features, and for desktop users, there are plenty to choose from. But for Windows 10, Windows 8, users are pretty limited when it comes to media players.
Not to say that there aren’t any. In fact, if do a quick search on the Windows Store, you will find quite a few of such apps. Although the most known media players such as Winamp and iTunes don’t have an official app yet, there are others that can take their place. One player that has potential is Jukebox Arcade, a free Windows 8, Windows 10 app that could achieve greatness with some work. Today we’ll be taking it through its passes and we’ll see if it has what it takes take.
Jukebox Arcade for Windows 10, 8 [Review]
After only a few minutes using the app, I found that the interface has become familiar and browsing throughout the app was simple and very snippy. The developers have done a great job making the app run smooth and changing menus has next to delay. However, the design of the app does need a major once-over. This is the downside of having too many features: you end up with an interface that looks like everything was just thrown in and mixed up.
Unlike other apps, which have a more compact design and each element blends in with the rest, in Jukebox Arcade everything is separate and seems glued together. The controls are well placed at the bottom of the screen and are easily accessible. In terms of functionality, the app has pretty much everything you might want, with a few exceptions that would have made a huge difference. For instance, there is no Delete button and the rating buttons, shaped like hearts are not to everyone’s liking.
One other feature that the app is missing is a manual file browser that allows the user to point to where the music files are. This option was replaced with a automatic media scanner that, to be honest, does not work pretty good. First time I tried the search option it found two tracks, but afterwords, it couldn’t find anything else. Also, for creating playlists and organizing tracks in albums and so on, there are no options.
There is an Auto-DJ button at the top of the app, and I cannot say what it does because every time I tried it the app instantly crashed. I think it will create a random playlist with the tracks that are in the media library. One very nice addition to the app is the integration with last.fm that pulls information about artists and tracks. Also, a good idea that the developers had was the YouTube integration which allows the user to search for videos of their tracks.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Jukebox Arcade provides you with information about the artists that you love. You can learn many interesting details about their personal and professional lives while listening to your favorite tracks.
The latest Jukebox Arcade update brought new customization options for album artwork elements. Thanks to the same update, users can now adjust screen colors.
Jukebox Arcade has a lot of potential, offering users great features and an overall smooth and fast transition through its different menus. However, in order for the app to be a serious competitor with the other music players, it needs a lot of work. For starters, we’d like all the features that it currently has to work properly as well as other organizing tools and the possibility to manually add music files from different locations. Also, with an overhaul of the user interface, we could say that Jukebox Arcade could be a great Windows 10, 8 music player.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.