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Subject: RE: Symlinks on Archos

RE: Symlinks on Archos

From: Josh <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 06:41:21 -0500

I came from a Creative Nomad Jukebox 6gb to this 20gb Archos, and
although the directory viewing and native file support came as a big
change, in the end I like it. To send mp3s over with good id3 tags, I
had to use creative nomad's software and specify by album, and by
artist. A pain in the butt.

Josh -

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of BoD
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 5:19 AM
Subject: Re: Symlinks on Archos

By the way, it's the way they do it on the iPod: a database that uses
the id3 tags. You don't have directories. So you can browse by artist,
album, title, style, year... or whatever info that exists in the id3.
The problem of course, is you must have good id3 tags in your mp3s. I
don't know exactly how they do that, because I suspect you need big
processing power to query such databases right? Anyway, I'm not sure it
would be that good on the archos. I mean if you browse by song name you
can have a list of 10000 songs or such. On the iPod you have the scroll
wheel, so you can go to the point fast. But on the archos you have to
press up/down and this can be very long...


Sweth Chandramouli wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 03:55:10PM -0500,
> wrote:
> > I don't know what Mr. Chandramouli's answer is, but I can tell you
> > mine: hierarchical organization doesn't scale well to large numbers
> > of MP3s. [snip] A third answer would be to construct a database in
> > place of (or more likely on top of) the hierarchical file system, to

> > allow access to tracks via a multiple paths, a graph-like rather
> > than the tree-like structure of the hierarchical file system. It's
> > this third answer I'm currently working on; whether it will fit on
> > an Archos is another question (but I don't rule it out).
> I've run into this problem, too, and while symlinks would help with
> that, I've found that the DB answer is the only one that ever makes
> anal people like myself (and, it seems, Tom) happy. :) While I'd love

> something like that in Rockbox, however, I'm not going to hold my
> breath. I've built various homegrown MP3 management DBs and scripts
> before, however, so if anyone wants to bounce ideas off of someone
> before implementing something like this themselves, feel free to ask.
> -- Sweth.
Received on 2003-01-27

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