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Subject: Re: Feature suggestion: Radio-like master playlist of playlists.
From: Vincent Kargatis (lartis_at_ath.forthnet.gr)
Date: 2002-10-11


From: "Martin Borus" <martin_at_borus.de>
> > Can you explain how
> > the master playlist shuffle is more flexible with this in mind?
>
> Certainly. I would create the master list once and then not change it
again
> for a long time. Same goes for the involved playlists (apart from the
"current")
> - these would basically stay the same. I might even record some songs and
> create a new "current" playlist with the Archos firmware...

Ok, the 'current favorites' playlist being dynamic, I can see - but this is
really a pretty particular justification (most of the contents of your
jukebox isn't dynamic while away from a PC, is it?), and the only one that I
can understand not being served by a pre-shuffled list.

"create the master list once and then not change it again" - this applies
exactly the same to the pre-shuffled list too.

> Not having to connect to a PC is the flexibility I'm looking for.
> That's a big flexibility in most my listening environments where there
> is either no PC available or not accessable.

But you *do* have to, at some point, connect to a PC, correct? So when you
are not near one, you have the pre-shuffled list, and you play it. In what
way is that different from shuffling your master playlist dynamically? The
contents (bouncing around the genres) is virtually the same, and to get that
you don't need a pc anywhere near. Not being near a pc doesn't affect in
any way getting the result you want (except for accessing dynamically
changing content, which I admitted above).

I'm not trying to harp on your idea, just trying to understand the
requirement of rockbox doing it.

Back to the script, I see from your initial description that you prefer to
"frontload" the eclecticism of the list - i.e., with 2 genres (for
simplification):
A - 2 songs
B - 10 songs

You want to see BABABBBBBBBB, instead of BBBABBBABBBB? Meaning, use a genre
equally until it's gone, then ignore it, rather than spread all genres
equally across the entire playlist. Frontloading is actually easier to do -
I will try to adjust my perl script to do that soon, and share it with you,
if you like.

--
Vincent Kargatis
np: Spunk - "Epleslang"  (Fjord Focus - A Norwegian sampler)



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