I Will try some work with the best interface at moment...how you can see here:
I will try to create a skin for bee... if in the future, Bee use the Tags to create dynamics album-cover, how you see in the image showing the related artist.
(This is a Web player!!) unfortunately
The Spotify player is very nice, but in my concept I also tried to make a more touch-friendly interface, as Microsoft is really pushing hard for this (Surface, Touch enabled computers, universal apps...). I think it's still mostly a point&click interface, but it's more usable with touch input, thanks to bigger margins between elements.
What a pack of great ideas! Especially delighted to see the horizontal navigator. As in my proposal (http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=14253.0), those nodes could be replaced with icons if there are many filters.
Yes, and the + at the end of the list should open a "new tab" or a drop down menu with all available "tabs": music browser / genre browser / artist browser / audiobooks / podcasts / visualization / autodj / custom filters / stores, etc...
There is one thing that I think still belongs on a left panel: a file browser (that's what the folder icon on the main toolbar is for). I think a lot of people would like to have it no matter what.
One of the major points in the proposal seems to be how to conceptualize the 2nd & 3rd screenshots.
The 2nd one looks like the current playing track panel, and 3rd one is details tab of the panel. I like the ideas proposed here. "Artist details" panel doesn't have to be always linked to playing track. Something like "Explore Artist" context menu command could be added to any artists in the program that will open "Artist details" panel in a separate tab.
Yes, I would even use it when you click on an artist on the left thumbnail browser (and browsing the library by Artists in the main panel)
Then the user could explore a particular artist and its local collection in depth (including last.fm plugins like stats and similar artists).
The "Album and Stats" view from the second image may be another main window layout, as "albums", "album and tracks" and "track details". Maybe "albums with customizable sidebar", with a sidebar that could display most played tracks, best rated tracks, related artists, etc.
Then do we still need playing track panel? It could remain as is along with artist details panel, or could be removed except its details tab given to now playing node as proposed.
The third image is just a "embedded theater view" panel. I think it's something interesting to have, but maybe it shouldn't be one of the default items in the horizontal navigator.
Another thing i'd like to point out is the use of section titles (with the little arrow on the right) as clickable menus (this is also one of the design elements of windows 10). They could be used to quickly switch between most used views. The main panel should open a menu with "albums - album and tracks - track details" (and maybe checkboxes for the thumbnail browser, a-z bar...). And the right panel should open a menu with "now playing - lyrics - bio" for example.
The ellipsis "..." on the top right of the main panel could be a dropdown for other commonly used customization options of the panel, like order, grouping, etc.