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Subject: Re: ID3 database browsing
From: Andreas Stemmer (groovingandi_at_gmx.de)
Date: 2004-10-15


Neon John wrote:
> I think a line should be drawn in the sand against any dependence on a
> host computer. The archos should be able to do any database manipulation
> without being tethered to a computer. Requiring a desktop-based
> application would put Rockbox down in the same class with the neuros, ipod
> and all the other crappy tethered players. I have no problem with there
> being a PC application that duplicates what the archos does, only faster.

If the database format is well documented it shouldn't be a problem to write
a plugin as well as a host computer application which creates the database.
But I guess taht it is much easier to index and sort the tags if you have
plenty of ram available.

But remember that the software on the host computer won't be _necessary_ to
use your jukebox as you do now. If you add new files and don't want to
update the index, you won't be able to find the files in your database, but
you can play them anyway by using the file browser as you do it now.

It's the same problem as with the voiced directories and files. If the task
is too hard and time consuming for the poor little jukebox, it's sometimes
easier to let the work be done by a host computer.

Andreas

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