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Subject: Re: playlist ideas
From: Björn Stenberg (bjorn_at_haxx.se)
Date: 2002-04-23


Matt.OReilly_at_wachovia.com wrote:

> 1 - Would it be possible to build a "delta" playlist of some sort? I
> would hate to have to re-scan 15gb worth of files when I added one new
> track to the machine.

What takes time is scanning the disk, not building the list. So scanning
for the archive bit will take just as much time as scanning for new files.

Rescanning a whole disk is painful, we all agree (I have 30+ gigs myself)
but we haven't yet been able to come up with a way around it.

The best option is probably to have a windows/linux program that performs
this scanning over USB, which you run after you have copied files to the
jukebox. That would save on batteries and also probably be quicker (due to
better caching on the PC).

> 2 - Do you have any ideas about how to index the files within the
> memory-resident portion of the playlist?

Our initial design doesn't have a memory-resident portion, but I agree
that is probably a good idea to avoid overly long response times for the
"next" button.

> 3 - Regardless of playlists, one of the most frustrating things about
> playback with the Archos is the lack of directory-crawling when
> playing back w/o a playlist.

I believe on recent firmware versions, holding down PLAY will accomplish
this. Naturally, we want this function in our firmware too.

-- 
Björn



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