Microfi Nitrogen is a native Windows Mobile application (unmanaged code) that allows you to play MP3 songs stored on your Pocket PC device. It features a file browser, full skin support, "Shuffle" and "Repeat" modes, a built-in sleep mode and a command to blank screen to prevent energy waste while playing music. Nitrogen uses the MAD decoder, which is opensource. As the official releases of MAD for Pocket PC seem to be discontinued, Nitrogen uses the libraries from an opensource player (GSPlayer).
Nitrogen was build due to the lack of finger-friendly players for Pocket PC (you have to use stylus even for simple tasks). It features large buttons and you can browse among your playlist by drawing circles on the screen (tapping in the appropriate space). In future releases, the program will be expected to have an equalizer and other extensions support, but such things are still being tested to ensure stability and efficiency.
Nitrogen Key features
- Full MP3/OGG/AAC/MP4/M4A/3GP/WAV/WMA playback.
- Customizable interface with skin support.
- 10-band equalizer with 8 presets.
- Large and easy-to-use buttons.
- Media browser with playlist editor.
- Large menus to perform tasks with the fingers.
- Kinetic scrolling.
- Smart shuffle and repeat modes.
- Adjustable sleep timer.
- Amazingly fast to load and to play.
- Blank screen command to save energy.
- Native C++ code: no need for .NET framework.
- Extremely lightweight.
- File association support.
- Album art support.
- Multilanguage support.
- Fixed many memory leaks and minor bugs.
- Added multilanguage support.
- Added option to resume playing when program starts.
- Added GSPlayer plugin support (now accepting WMA/WAV/AAC/MP4/M4U) files.
- Improved the option "Change playing song through previous/next buttons".
- Nitrogen now pauses when phone receives call.
- Song info is available on registry.
- Fixed the MP3 ringtone issue.
- Now handling large album art files.
- Media browser and Equalizer now show "Ok" button instead of "X", allowing users to close them without closing the whole app.
It remains one of the all-time classic video players for a smartphone. Now in 2020 with the sophisticated technology we can barely remember the difficulties we were experiencing 10 years ago.