I thought up a nifty idea for a menu bar app earlier tonight, and immediately designed how I imagined the interface.
Simply put, the idea was a menu bar app that could count the BPM of any music playing. The display here shows the BPM, bar count, and active/inactive beats, as well as a “recount” button for off readings, and a tap zone to let the user input a beat.
5 months ago
This is quite nice. I'm not sure folks will understand what the blank blue button means, though.
Great idea and execution
I want this! Would be super useful for me. I'd also like to find a nice app that could work out the BPM of my iTunes library so I can make a running playlist of tracks that are the right BPM. But anyway, that's a separate thing. This looks ace! Make it and I will give you money coins.
Quick and fast execution. I like it. I think it will be hard to get the time signature. And actually not so useful since some songs have different time signatures on different parts ;)
Looks simple, but very nice and useful. I'm not sure the user would immediately recognise the tap button, though.
You'll be pleased to hear it's possible to get iTunes track BPM data from code, by the way.
What's BPM? lol
Interesting idea. I have a similar concept in an app I design for (soundslice.com). I would definitely be more explicit that the blue button is for tapping, but we have found that type of thing is best handled by keyboard shortcuts (we use T and Y so that two fingers can be used in case the song is really fast.)
Why not combine the recount button with the blue? It would start recounting on the first hit.
PS. I feel so cool for hearing about this first from your tweet earlier
Isn't the goal of tracking BPM to find other songs with a similar BPM? If so, I imagine it would be more helpful to design a music player that tracked BPM, as opposed to a menubar app.
Perhaps chuck a down arrow on a spacebar shaped rectangle as an icon for the recount button, so people know to tap their spacebar in time :)
Awesome concept, would be rad to have in the toolbar :)
looks great - are you going to make it?
@Ari Are you worried because you're a UI designer though? I've used BPM apps before, and I immediately understood from the thumbnail.
@Louie Mantia The button just seems strange without a label, in the context of a menu bar app. I'm sure musicians will figure it out.
You should call it "Fakeblock"
@Ari I still standby my original thinking... You see it as odd because you're a UI designer. I suspect you're being overly cautious.
@Louie Mantia @Ari it is designed for musicians, and it’s not an unusual paradigm. A few other music apps with BPM functionality have the same solution. A label that disappears after the first hit could work for those unfamiliar with it.
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