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Review: Core Player

The last of the music applications on the review circuit is CoreCodec's CorePlayer ($29.95). According to the Florida based company, CorePlayer is a simple yet powerful multimedia application and is the next generation multi-media playback app for your mobile device.

To see how well CorePlayer represents the next generation, read on!

(Read all of our Windows Mobile Media Player reviews: Kinoma Play, Pocket Player, Vito Audio Player, FlipSide Player, and Pocket Tunes Deluxe. Stay tuned for a roundup of all of these apps tomorrow!)

Let us begin with the formality of reciting the specs on CorePlayer. It is compatible with both Windows Mobile Professional and Standard, supports MP3, MP2, AAC, MKA, WMA, Midi, WAV, OGG, Speex, WAVPACK, TTA, FLAC, MPC, AMR, ADPCM, ALaw, MuLaw, ABC, and G.729 audio formats. Additionally, it supports H.264(AVC), MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-4 part 2 (ASP), DivX, XviD, WMV, Theora, Dirac, MJPEG and MSVIDEO1 video formats as well as JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, and MJPEG image formats.

Now that we all have the urge to say, Now I know my ABCs won't you come and play with me! let's get to CorePlayer's performance.

CorePlayer navigation is a mixed bag, providing simple/basic navigational functions as well as more in-depth settings for the hardcore user. The main screen has two button commands at the bottom. 'View' simply changes the various views of CorePlayer. Hit this button and you go from the player to the database to the 'Now Playing Screen' to the YouTube screen.

One thing that makes CorePlayer difficult (almost frustrating) is the navigation beyond selecting the 'View'. Unlike other media applications, CorePlayer does not automatically search your devices memory for compatible files. You have to do this the old fashion way; manually. I found it difficult to navigate through database screens to establish a play list or play more than one audio file at a time.

Once you get a file playing, audio quality is good. CorePlayer does come with an equalizer function with eight presets and a custom function to allow you to tweak it as you wish.

The player has customizable hotkeys that will definitely help with the navigation and supports over fifteen languages. One interesting feature is the YouTube support where you can search and play your favorite YouTube videos.

All in all, Core Player is well suited for the hardcore user in that it puts a lot of functionality in your control. Honestly, I never became comfortable with the interface but then again, I'm more of a casual user for media applications. I wouldn't say CorePlayer ($29.95) is a bust but definitely one application you should take advantage of the trial download before you buy.

Ratings (out of 5)

Ease of Use: 4/5Features: 5/5Audio/Video Quality: 5/5

Overall: 4/5 (not suited for all user levels)

Pros

Feature richGood audio and video quality

Cons

User interface/navigation difficult at times
WC Staff
WC Staff
9 Comments
  • Uh, there is no trial :)
    It supports the most formats but is very difficult to use and freezes up on my constantly....dumped in favor of Kinoma Play (except when watching AVIs, which TCPMP can do very nicely)
  • CorePlayer is a challenging program to learn. I have never gotten the hang of their "database" concept. And when it began regular hangs after my upgrade to WM 6.1, I went back to it's predecessor, TCMP. I miss the A2DP support of CorePlayer, which allowed me to skip ahead and back using the buttons on my bluetooth headset.
    Neither version recognizes that I'm using Bluetooth audio, and continues to play through the speaker even when Bluetooth connected. I have to disable audio, and then reenable it to get bluetooth audio. But both programs can read M3U playlists generated by Winamp, which is what I really need. I hope they get on the WM 6.1 bandwagon and get a version that supports it.
  • Scottymomo.... you are correct! There are so many applications out there that have a trial download, my fingers often type such comments instinctively.
    CoreCodec sent me a trial and I'll check with the "powers-that-be" on getting a trial version available through the store.
  • Before getting too excited for CorePlayer 1.30 , have a peek at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lf4xteVs8M
    This is CorePlayer 1.25 in the video. I tried 1.30 last night and the results are the same on a AT&T Fuze (HTC Touch Pro)
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  • I still can't find a trial. It's a shame because I'd like to see if it's right for me but I won't spend $30 to find out. In fact, the absence of a trial makes me think.
  • I have Coreplayer 1.3.6 for the Palm OS and video performance for AVIs is very good.(better than MMplayer) This is the best video player for the Palm OS that I'm aware of.
  • Does anyone know what the major differences are between this and TCPMP? Also, is it worth the price when TCPMP is free?