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Subject: Re: Symlinks on Archos
From: BoD (BoD_at_JRAF.org)
Date: 2003-01-27


By the way, it's the way they do it on the iPod: a database that uses the
id3 tags. You don't have directories. So you can browse by artist, album,
title, style, year... or whatever info that exists in the id3. The problem
of course, is you must have good id3 tags in your mp3s. I don't know exactly
how they do that, because I suspect you need big processing power to query
such databases right?
Anyway, I'm not sure it would be that good on the archos. I mean if you
browse by song name you can have a list of 10000 songs or such. On the iPod
you have the scroll wheel, so you can go to the point fast. But on the
archos you have to press up/down and this can be very long...

BoD

Sweth Chandramouli wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 03:55:10PM -0500, rockbox_at_diffenbach.org
> wrote:
> > I don't know what Mr. Chandramouli's answer is, but I can tell you
> > mine: hierarchical organization doesn't scale well to large numbers
> > of MP3s. [snip] A third answer would be to construct a database in
> > place of (or more likely on top of) the hierarchical file system,
> > to allow access to tracks via a multiple paths, a graph-like rather
> > than the tree-like structure of the hierarchical file system. It's
> > this third answer I'm currently working on; whether it will fit on
> > an Archos is another question (but I don't rule it out).
> I've run into this problem, too, and while symlinks would
> help with that, I've found that the DB answer is the only one that
> ever makes anal people like myself (and, it seems, Tom) happy. :)
> While I'd love something like that in Rockbox, however, I'm not going
> to hold my breath. I've built various homegrown MP3 management DBs
> and scripts before, however, so if anyone wants to bounce ideas off
> of someone before implementing something like this themselves, feel
> free to ask.
>
> -- Sweth.



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