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Subject: Re: ID3 database browsing

Re: ID3 database browsing

From: Mat Holton <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 08:46:16 +0100

I agree with Neon John. One of the things I like most about Rockbox is the
fact that I just drag and drop my files onto the drive and don't have to run through some
external software first.

If you do go ahead with this change, please make it completely optional!


-----Original Message-----From: scott <>To: Rockbox development <>Sent: 14/10/2004 21:25Subject: Re: ID3 database browsing--- Neon John <> wrote:

> I guess I don't understand the need for this. Assuming a well organized

> file hierarchy, what additional info would an ID3 browser bring to the

> table?


> With >8000 files on my 80 gig machine I've never felt the need for

> anything more than the simple file browser. What am I missing?

What you're missing is that _the majority of people_ aren't nearly so

organized. My music folder contains ~12,000 files. It also contains ~1200

folders. I very rarely have problems with finding songs, the exception being

looking for a song that I know is on a soundtrack, but don't know which one,

but even then I can usually narrow it down to less than 5 choices. Most people,

(the type of people who LIKE iTunes) have one folder with all of their mp3s,

and let iTuines do the rest.

> >3) How to synchronize/generate the database?


> 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.

I don't think this is necessary. The process would take forever on an archos.

What separates the archos from the neuros and iPod is that they _require_ an

ID3 database. With rockbox, if you don't want one, you don't have to have one.

If you DO want one, you're probably willing to go to the trouble of building

the DB on your computer (and as another post said, you need to connect to your

PC to add music anyway).




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