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Subject: Re: feature ideas... plausible? desired?
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-05-26


Randall L Wolf wrote:

> I have three feature ideas, does anyone know if these are already
> implemented, or already considered and discarded, in the works, etc?
>
> 1) Change the behavior of "play" key such that pressing play on a directory
> auto-generates a playlist for that dir tree and begins playing it. The right
> arrow already goes into the dir, no reason play couldn't be retasked for
> this is there?

No comment. =)

> 2) Utilize the user as a quick binary search processor. :) ... if you're
> like me and I hope you're not... you have a huge list of directories. Use
> "double-click" of up and down to skip half-way through the dir list from
> previous position in the direction clicked. This would require being able to
> double click, of course, I don't know if this is even possible. Also need to
> "remember" previous position in the list for some time period then forget
> that previous position after some time (to allow a new search to start) --
> or some other means of clearing the previous position. Would this even work?
> Would be very useful if it could be worked out. Binary search is fast...

ATM you can scroll up/down one screen at a time rather than one line by
pressing on+up/down. You can also scroll up from the top entry to go
straight to the bottom (wrapping). This is generally enough if you
organize your directories in some fashion or another; if you have tons
of artists in a single genre you can still have lots of folders though.

> 3) Provide a feature to generate a playlist for a given dir tree based on
> 'genre' or other ID-3 tag values. This would be slow, it would have to
> gather the list of possible values let you pick one, then generate the
> playlist... but it would still be useful I think.

This can be done with the id3browse program; it constructs playlists
based on ID3 tag info. You can categorize songs by any or all of
album/artist/genre/year/etc. Quite nice *if* your tracks are tagged
properly.

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