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Subject: Re: Patch - virtual file structures
From: Michael O'Quinn (michael_at_oquinn.info)
Date: 2003-06-09


On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, BlueChip wrote:

>
> >>Isn't that better done with playlists?
> >I think the interesting part is not so much the playing as the transparent
> >browsing through an arbitrary directory hierarchy. I was thinking
> >primarily of something similar to winamp's media library, or itunes, where
> >one could locate a file by artist, genre, mood, or whatever.
>
> Get's my vote - I would love to have virtual dirs so that (for example)
> Fleetwood Mac turn up under both "Blues" and "Fleetwood Mac" ..also.. each
> compilation album would have it's files also show up under the specific artist
>
> I suppose its just a matter of whether you can see this new feature as an
> improvement, or if you prefers to stick to old ways because they are familiar.

One thing that would make this a lot more attractive would be an easy to
use too for creating the virtual dir files. I'm thinking of a tool (on a
WinDoze box and/or Mac) that would scan the .mp3 files, and create the
virtual dirs based on the ID3 tags.

Now THAT would be powerful.

I don't really see how this idea of virtual dirs will be very exciting
without some sort of automated tool to create them. At last check, I have
slightly over 8600 song on my Player -- way too many to catalog by hand.
I do make sure that each and every ID3 tag is correct before I copy it on
to the Player, so an automated scan would certainly make sense for me.

Michael



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