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Subject: Re: .LNK FILES IN ROCKBOX - an other approach

Re: .LNK FILES IN ROCKBOX - an other approach

From: Ray Lambert <>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 23:07:37 -0500

ian wrote:

>... but I don't know if you can call an M3U file from within another
>M3U file? That'd be ideal though, especially for external players like
>WinAmp or XMMS or whatever plays your music on your OS when the jukebox
>is plugged in. ...
I don't believe M3U supports this, but I've been thinking about
implementing some M3U extensions like this. Some ideas are:

  - an "include" directive to suck-in other play lists
  - the ability to name a sub-directory instead of having to iterate all
the separate MP3s
  - embedded commands such as "play in shuffle mode" (perhaps anything
that can be in a config file)
  - commands that populate the play list by querying the song DB or use
regexp's to match songs on the disk (by filename or, possibly, by ID3 tag)
  - I'm sure there are plenty more ideas...

Of course, these would be rockbox-specific and "extended M3Us" would not
function with other SW.

So it would probably be better to create a new Rockbox-specific play
list format for these kinds of features. (How about .RX for an
extension: .RX, the prescription for all your ills... ;) okay, sorry,
too goofy... :)

Unfortunately, you still wouldn't be able to use these files with other
SW. One way to help deal with that might be to provide a .rock to
export a Rockbox play list to M3U format (to the extent possible). At a
minimum this would generate an M3U that includes all the songs that are
referenced (directly or indirectly) in the Rockbox play list.

Does this sound useful?

Received on 2005-12-06

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