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Subject: [Summary] Shuffle playlists (sometimes)

[Summary] Shuffle playlists (sometimes)

From: Johan Vromans <>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 12:13:23 +0100

A summary of the things discussed in this recent thread. Original
message follows the signature.

 - Changing the format of the playlist is a bad idea, since it would
   violate other (formal and informal) standards.
 - A better idea would be to have a playlist/config couple (e.g.,
   foo.m3u + foo.cfg). Loading the playlist would automatically load
   the config of the same name.
 - This can be enhanced with a default.cfg, a default config to be
   loaded for every playlist in a particular directory.
 - A slightly different approach would be to add a playlist setting
   (command) to the config file. Running the config file would perform
   the settings and then start the playlist. Multiple configs are
   possible for the same playlist (e.g., one "straight" and one "shuffle").
 - It would be nice if the settings could be stacked, so that the original
   settings are restored upon completion of the playlist.

-- Johan

--- original message ---

Just brainstorming...

I have a number of playlists. Sometimes I want to play a playlist
straight, sometimes I want to play it shuffled. In general, I want
straight play except for certain playlists. So I'm considering:

 1. An additional shuffle setting: "once".
    The next Play command will shuffle, and reset it to "straight".
 2. Mark a playlist that it should be played shuffled. A distinct
    extension, or some special data in the first line.
 3. A keypress (or combination thereof) that will have the next Play
    command executed in shuffle mode.

Alternatives 1 and 3 would also be applicable to playing directories.

Ideas? Suggestions?

-- Johan
Received on 2003-03-09

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