Cubed, written as a superscript 3, is strictly about the interface. While it offers other options, its namesake interface is by far the coolest. Simply pick what you want to navigate by--artist or album--and you're presented with a three-dimensional cube with album art on the faces. Flicking up and down spins the cube through your collection, but you can navigate to a specific letter of the alphabet by flicking left and right. Again, the interface is the main attraction and every time someone sees me using it I get asked what it is.
The other player features are fairly standard, but two add-ons are available to expand functionality a bit. One provides a list of upcoming shows for the artists in your library (the distance from your location is adjustable). The other is Releases, which gives you a list of release dates for the albums in your library. Click on an album in the list and up pops information about the album, a link to buy it from Amazon, 7digital, and others, and links to Last.fm, YouTube, and Google searches.
March 31, 2011 2:47 PM PDT
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