Personally I dont find use in this since I just turn to youtube anyways to listen to what I want to listen to, but considering youtube isn't apart of the game I'll give my full opinion on the use in game at hand.
To get this point down pat, I do think this idea should include all music in game and not just record discs.
I don't listen to the in game music to begin with, and this seems like an item that would just be there to take up an extra spot with not much of an internal use that I cant already do externally as mentioned by listening to youtube. But say, what if the case is I don't have any internet to externally listen to youtube so if I want to actually enjoy any music I need to do it internally in game? Well if the case were that I had no other choice to listen to the music in game, I probably still wouldnt. STILL, to me it seems like an item that takes up precious inventory space that I could be using for something else.
I don't have an issue with having a lovely feature that allows us to play music on the go in game, but it seems a but clunky and unnecessary as an item.
I much rather would like to have this feature as a HUD object somewhere in the top left corner of the window (or configurable for location), that way you'd have a convenient music player in your inventory screen. This would allow for maybe a list of ALL songs in game, including the ones that do not have a record disk so you can select what ever in game music you want to listen to.
I'd say the idea overall of making the in game music more accessible is a cool and wonderful idea, but the implementation of making it more accessible is what I don't like as much.
If I were to suggest anything as well, I certainly feel regardless of how the music player is implemented, there should be hot keys for music and sound controls.
Hotkeys that if it were to be implemented should be added:
- volume change < | >
- skip, previous
It would also need the basics of a toggle shuffle and a repeat button.
If this idea was touched up more to make it a bit more useful, I'd give it a 100% support, but I really can only give it about a 68% support.
If this were added, who knows. . . It might just allow me to like the in game music a bit more since I usually have it turned off due to its randomness and for it being annoying for having lack of control. I'd totally disable in game music and just use this in stead as a replacement for how the in game music works currently.
The idea of gating flexible music control behind a crafted item is also off putting to me because there are some features that should just be granted and accessible from the get go, and music control is one of them. It is a lot easier to just deal with it and turn off the music than to bother yourself to get a walkman. I personally dont see myself feeling like "oh I really need to get to a point where I can craft this item so I can use this feature because I want this feature REALLY badly". Gating a basic feature behind a crafted item that requires time and resources is just VERY off putting to me.