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Subject: Re: [Summary] Shuffle playlists (sometimes)
From: Christian D (QInter_at_gmx.net)
Date: 2003-03-09


> A summary of the things discussed in this recent thread. Original
> message follows the signature.
>
> - Changing the format of the playlist is a bad idea, since it would
> violate other (formal and informal) standards.
> - A better idea would be to have a playlist/config couple (e.g.,
> foo.m3u + foo.cfg). Loading the playlist would automatically load
> the config of the same name.
> - This can be enhanced with a default.cfg, a default config to be
> loaded for every playlist in a particular directory.
The idea was to have one default.cfg in a directory with many playlists.
When playing the foo.m3u and no foo.cfg is found, the default.cfg in the _same_
directory will be used instead.

> - A slightly different approach would be to add a playlist setting
> (command) to the config file. Running the config file would perform
> the settings and then start the playlist. Multiple configs are
> possible for the same playlist (e.g., one "straight" and one
> "shuffle").
Nice idea.

> - It would be nice if the settings could be stacked, so that the original
> settings are restored upon completion of the playlist.

This idea sounds very good and it should be easy to implement. Because the
_settings saver_ is just done (patch will be submitted today) and for
restoring, we have the cfg-loader.

Christian

>
> -- Johan
>
> --- original message ---
>
> Just brainstorming...
>
> I have a number of playlists. Sometimes I want to play a playlist
> straight, sometimes I want to play it shuffled. In general, I want
> straight play except for certain playlists. So I'm considering:
>
> 1. An additional shuffle setting: "once".
> The next Play command will shuffle, and reset it to "straight".
> 2. Mark a playlist that it should be played shuffled. A distinct
> extension, or some special data in the first line.
> 3. A keypress (or combination thereof) that will have the next Play
> command executed in shuffle mode.
>
> Alternatives 1 and 3 would also be applicable to playing directories.
>
> Ideas? Suggestions?
>
> -- Johan
>



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