Analog Nostalgia: Digital Music Player Mimics A Turntable
The Playlist Player plays digital music by simulating a revolving vinyl record.
UK based digital product designer, Martin Skelly has created the Playlist Player which plays back digital files by mimicking the classic revolving ritual of a vinyl LP.
Martin explains its design and working:
There are two parts to the design: the player, and the record box containing five different colored covers. Once the playlists are chosen and synced to the player with a memory stick, the user customizes the outside of the sleeve with artwork of their choice. It could be photos of a memorable night or person or typed and hand drawn tracklists. Once the record is placed on the player, the music begins and the outer ring of lights illuminates. As the playlists plays rings of light visible through the translucent record move towards the centre of the disc, like a needle tracking on a record. These lights represent time and not the number of tracks, meaning your music must be enjoyed from start to finish with no distractions like the temptation to skip tracks, fast forward or rewind.
Martin says that nowadays, people tend to rush and skip through their digital music; his Playlist Player brings back the old charm of listening to the whole music album without having the distraction to skip tracks.