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Thread: Why should I run a front end???

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    Download them all, try them out and see which one you like best.
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  2. #12
    FLAC evandude's Avatar
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    I use a frontend because I need to be able to handle music and GPS (and once in a while, small apps like calculator, etc) while driving. Personally, I don't find navigating winamp,etc to be touchscreen-friendly enough to be safe while driving. And switching between apps is easier when I can just press the big "back" button to get to the main menu, and then push the big buttons to get to music, GPS, etc.

    Also, I much prefer the look of a frontend to a windows desktop, it looks much more integrated with the car.

    As everyone says, clearly it's personal preference; surely you could optimize your apps for easy touchscreen use (skins, etc) but it seems to me that by the time you do that, it's going to look more and more like a frontend anyway.
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
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    I am learning buttloads just by searching on this forum. I've learned 2 big things so far: 1-it's been done before, and 2-if it hasn't, there is a way to do it.

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    you don't HAVE to code anything, but to get it to work right in your application, I've found that a good deal of tweaking is required, and even still it's a little iffy.

    I've found that winamp in double size mode is just as easy to use, and to get nav to work, you click on an icon on the desktop, same as you would have to in a front end.

    DVD, same function.

    The only benefit is coolness factor from my experiences, and IMO, it's not that much of a coolness

    I've yet to find a Front End that handles music in the fashion I like. Most of them have been very bulky and cumbersome and do nothing more than make things more complicated when I want to listen to something particular. If you only listen to playlists of your music, then it's all good, but I don't.

    As the others have said, play around with it and find out if it's for you or not.
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    Constant Bitrate shiltz's Avatar
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    Front ends are nice since they do intergrate everything neatly into one program and are generaly more touchscreen friendly, plus it gives a more professional look imo, with a little customizing of the front end you can even make it look like an OEM display if you want, on mine I used to use a skin that matched my headunit, I did recently change it though to a from scratch design though as not trying to keep the headunit look game me more usable space on the screen.

    For me the front end I use, frodoplayer, is perfect, it's very easy to browse all my music in a folder structure which is what I prefer as I bounce around a lot and don't like playlists. I have a single click access to my GPS which I can also see what song is playing, pause, next, and back track while actively in the GPS and it's a one click to toggle between the two displays and then one click into the menu for stuff like DVD, picture viewer, database sync, and any other windows applications I want, and going to DVD will automaticaly pause my MP3's which is another nice little thing.
    2005 Dodge Magnum RT, Samsung Galaxy Tab install

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