We’ve been working hard to improve the music playing experience on ListenBrainz, and that starts with redesigning the music player.
We were unhappy with the limitations of having to place the player on the page, and with the size it occupied.
Using it on mobile devices also left to be desired.
With that in mind I’m happy to present the new BrainzPlayer, which you can see in action on beta.listenbrainz.org
We welcome any feedback you might have or any bugs you might encounter.
One detail I didn’t want to compromise on is being able to see more than a thumbnail of cover art. When playing a track, hover over the cover art or video in the bottom left to pop open a bigger view:
This redesign also allowed us to repurpose the space freed up on some pages to display more useful information:
This is only a first step in a series of design and layout improvements.
In particular for BrainzPlayer, our goal is to enable showing more metadata about the currently playing song and artist, including ways to support the artist.
We also started working on adding the ability to tag your music (genres, moods, etc.) in MusicBrainz straight from BrainzPlayer.
This in turn will allow us down the line to improve music recommendations based on user-provided tagging.