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Subject: Re: Smart Playlist -any progress? any takers?
From: Jeff N (
Date: 2004-09-02

Is this something that could be more easily done on your PC?
Don't both Winamp and Musicmatch allow you to rate mp3s, which I believe is then stored in the ID3 tag?
Something I've thought about: 'weighting' playlists through playlist repetition.
For example:
My favorite songs would actually be repeated 3 times in the playlist, while songs that are so so would get repeated 2 times, and the songs I'd rather not hear that often are only once. So the playlist would look like this:

and so on.
So favorites would come up 3x as often as ones I don't like that much. Playlists would be a lot longer, but it might make for better listening.

Perhaps there's software that already does this, but it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to do...


>Those features would require a database of all the files that the unit
>contains, like say the iPod, and may be extremely slow on an Archos
>machine. Furthermore, Rockbox would need to access the HDD more often
>and therefore shorten the battery life (autonomy). The 2Mb of ram that
>the Archos units contain are not enough to afford a database-driven
>system. Maybe Rockbox's port to another type of unit (say iPod or
>iRiver) would make this possible, but right now the hardware is the
>limit. Rockbox allready does incredible things with my FMR, but it
>slowly tends to reach the hardware limits ;)
>On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 18:50:19 -0700, Hara Hara <> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> first thanks for a great software. It just works great first
>> time without any major fiddling.
>> In the playlist requested feature list, I saw the Weighted /
>> Smart playlist.
>> It is pretty much what $3500 Bose Lifestyle 48 system does
>> with their uMusic.
>> With approx 20GB of songs if would be extremely nice if one
>> could create this dynamic playlist as we hear them. Another
>> neat feature would automatically adding songs that fit the
>> same genre as our top 10 songs. (Feature present in uMusic also).
>> I would definitely like feedback from the developers and users.
>> Thanks
>> Hara


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