With the Blackberry Pearl being the first CameraBerry and RIM’s first dabble into multimedia, I tried to come up with a nice way to say that Pearl’s Media Player is less than desirable and to make sure that RIMarkable readers know that I am very excited about the release next week. The best that I could come up with is that the BlackBerry Pearls Media Player sucks!
I was just saying the other day that RIM and Apple should come out with iTunes for the BlackBerry. You would think, however, that the developers of the BlackBerry Pearl’s Media Player, which would have seemed outdated 5 or 6 years ago, have never even heard of an iPod.
I just watched a video where Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said that they have been working on the BlackBerry Pearl for the last three years. If this is true, I urge you to go out and hire a few new developers and designers that own iPods as quickly as you possibly can…
The first problem is the way you move files to the Pearl. I swear that folder drag and drop method has that crappy Windows 95 CD creator feel to it that sucked way back in 1995. The second problem is that you cannot control the Media Player with any of the external buttons. Why for the love of all things that just plain make sense in the world didn’t someone think to allow the volume control buttons, the menu button and the voice command button to double for Media Player controls?
I have one thing to say to Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie when it comes to the Media Player on the BlackBerry Pearl. Call Steve Jobs up. He may have an idea or two for you.