Sometimes an album doesn’t have album art, or the album art hasn’t been loaded yet. Previous version of Windows Media Player would solve this problem by displaying the album as a glossy blue tile overplayed with the album title in white text. With a lot of albums without cover art (or before the album art has been loaded) this look didn’t meet Media Center’s premium visual standards. The solution:
Not only is the color randomized, but the texture is as well. This feature is more like the frosting on a cake, but even though it’s not a core feature it definitely contributes to a more pleasing user experience.
Keeping in mind that this version of Media Center is currently in beta, I have noticed an inconsistency in the interface. While the generic title for albums has this very colorful scheme, picture tiles still have the old, white-on-blue theme.
Still, it’s nice how the pictures now fade into view when they are loaded. I am very interested to see how the final version of Windows 7 Media Center turns out.