Rockbox mail archive
Subject: Standard play interface
From: Peter van Hardenberg (pvh_at_uvic.ca)
It seems to me that there are several different opinions running around
about how songs should be queued up on the rockbox. They are as follows:
"Things are fine. Use the customizable menus when they are done."
"Re-allocate play/forward to allow customization."
and (my own opinion)
"Play should have a quick-menu associated with it, and play should _play_
a directory (forward to enter it.)"
I wanted to get my own ideas out there into the forum so that they could
The reason for this suggestion is simple. When I'm driving, I want my
passengers to be able to run the rockbox without close supervision. I find
the current implementation is very confusing to newbies, mostly because
the playlist is so tricky to understand.
Play on non-song/directory: Launch associated plugin (where applicable).
Press and release play:
Plays the currently selected song/directory.
NOTE: Playing a whole directory is only accomplished by hitting play on
Forward on directory: Enter the directory
Forward on song: Add song to tail of playlist
Press play for a moment longer: Show this menu.
Insert Play Insert
<< Next > Last >>
On-Play: Show a menu of file-system options.
File Info (ID3/or whatever)
LinusN has told me that he dislikes the idea of a quick-menu on Play,
because he hates waiting to see menus. I see that as an implementation
problem (getting the timing right), but here is my idea in more detail.
I realise there are probably some issues with this idea, but I think it is
the least difficult to use on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps it could be
further combined with the patch that is circulating right now to make the
default play behaviour one of the other options.
I welcome your ideas on how to improve on this, as I am already part-way
into the implementation.
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