a review: flipside.fm for the blackberry

i just wanted what any girl wants, to be able to scrobble to last.fm from my shiny BlackBerry Curve. i heard all those iPhone kids were doing it, and i wanted to be just like them. and yes, if they were jumping off bridges, i’d probably want to do that too. or not.

but anyway. i did a little quick googling about scrobbling from a BB Curve, and found flipside.fm, a music player that works on BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. flipside.fm “plays mp3s from your memory card, displays full-color album art, finds missing album art, creates playlists with ease, and tells you more about your music”, which is fine. it also scrobbles (uploads your current playing track to your list of played tracks on last.fm), and scrobbling was what i wanted to do most of all. kind of a long-held fantasy of mine.

another one of the promotional blurbs for flipside.fm says that it lets you explore your music collection with your little trackball, something meant to appeal to the BlackBerry user, and on the surface this sounds like a lot of fun — if you have a bunch of time on your hands to sit around playing with your telephone, which i don’t. my BlackBerry is my portable music device, my bPod if you will; i have a big-ass microSD card in there and i keep a good playlist, i listen through my Altec-Lansing T515 headphones (my highest recommendation on those, btw) when i am out & about. so i have my basic needs with my mobile music experience, among which is the ability to use the play/pause, forward/back controls with my headphones, which flipside.fm did not support. neither did it support the usual shortcut keys on the BlackBerry (n for next, p for previous, but who cares about that, i want to use handy buttons on my little bluetooth doohickey, not fumble around with my telephone, no matter how legal that is to do on the freeway as long as i’m not holding it against my face).

so that was the deal-breaker right there. i didn’t test it to see if it would work with my corded stereo headphones, because i’m not even sure where they are. however if the shortcut keys on the phone don’t even work, why would the headphone controls?

so after three exciting days of scrobbling to last.fm from anywhere i felt like it, my trial expired, and that is that. there is no way i’d fork over  $19.95 for software that takes away my preferred set of controls, and forces me to explore my phone’s music collection with my slick little trackball. i just don’t have that kind of time on my hands.

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