There is a music player in the works called Sleevenote. This device focuses on albums, with a square display. The square panel displays the cover of the album currently playing via Bluetooth or via the headphone jack of the device.
Sleevenote is not yet a finalized product – it is not available in physical form. But it’s not just a design concept. Sleevenote was created by recording artist and graphic designer Tom Vek, software developer Chris Hipgrave and mechanical engineer Antoni Pakowski. This is a âtech boutiqueâ project.
The device would more than likely run a version of Android and connect to Spotify, Apple Music, bandcamp, and direct transfer first (with MP3 AAC, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV support). The main idea here is to create a music player that is as focused on album art as it is on keeping digital music as portable as possible.
The device, as currently conceptualized, works with physical buttons – dedicated play buttons – to “keep the user interface out of the work of art.” The conceptual design includes a durable injection molded housing with âcomfortable rounded edgesâ. The size of the device is larger than a traditional CD case, “almost the size of a 7 inch disc”.
While the device works with physical playback controls, it also works with a touchscreen. The player has 250 GB of data storage, a USB-C port for power, data and digital audio, and a 3.5mm analog audio port. This device has its own dedicated DAC, can connect to Wi-Fi (for internet, for music services), as well as Bluetooth.
UPDATE: As reported by Engadget, the first Sleevenote package will include a Wolfson Class W headphone amplifier and Cirrus HQ DAC.
The first set of devices appear in a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo where the price of a single unit is at least Â£ 533 GBP (around $ 700 USD). Now if only we could use the 7.5 inch (1: 1 aspect ratio) screen as a tablet for gaming, we would have the most interesting tablet in years!