TellDJ Arena is my entry to the Alphalabs competition. TellDJ Arena is the 'test-bed' for features and ideas that are then upgraded into the upcoming TellDJ app for Windows Phone. TellDJ is a service which sits between you and your media player and uses the Windows Phone platform to enhance the user's music experience. It is designed to question accepted methods to interact with our music collection and provide new and unique alternates.
For example, if you have a particular song in mind, you can simply say the name of any song in your entire Zune collection. TellDJ will recognise it and load the song.
However, TellDJ is more than just being able to launch songs. You can use the Playlist Manager feature to organise your entire collection into clean playlists from anywhere in the world and without internet connectivity. Over time, your playlists can become much more organised. You can also create temporary playlists. For example, if you're listening to a particular album on the bus and you want to continue to listen as soon as you get home, you can simply create the playlist on the bus and press one button when you get home. This will immediately continue playing your songs at home.
Is there a particular part of a song you really like? You can now trim that section and make it a ringtone - all without wires, Zune or even having to be in the same room as the PC.
TellDJ Arena, being the experimental zone for features that are to be added into TellDJ, also has a very novel way of selecting songs. Using colours and gestures, you can convert your emotion and mood into playlists. Based on how you paint on the screen and with what colours, the Emotion feature of TellDJ Arena will analyse your paint style and recommend songs from your library. This is something that is unique and is fully integrated into the rest of the app. For example, you could paint a certain stroke and have the song play. Straight from that page, you can immediately have the song play from your PC speakers and convert it into a ringtone - all without leaving the app. The Emotion feature has a lot of potential and despite being in a very early experimental stage, it works great.