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Subject: Re: brain dump regarding playlist management

Re: brain dump regarding playlist management

From: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 02:03:26 -0500

I've been thinking the same thing and totally agree. Playlists at the moment is a bit tricky to grasp and handle.

Another feature I'm missing from iTunes/iPod is the dynamic playlists. I know one can filter the database by ID3-tags but that's not really what I mean. I mean a playlist which contains say all songs where genre equals rock, and if I exchange some songs on the device, the playlist automatically updates with the new songs.

Maybe one can extend the m3u syntax with somethink like this:

--- playlist.m3d ----------------
album:Battle Studies

Which will pick all songs from the database where ID3-tags are set to either genre Rock, artist Metallica or album Battle Studies. Some logic (not, and, or) probably needs to be added in some way, this is just an idea.




-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Gordon <>
To: Rockbox development <>
Sent: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 6:53 am
Subject: brain dump regarding playlist management

This thread ( got me thinking about how rockbox handles playlist management. It seems to me that it is all a bit of a mess.
I don't know if it is a broken use case or not, but the problem brought up in the thread is that there is no way to instert one (or a few) tracks from one playlist into another (including new file, or currently playing). The obvious answer is to use the db or browser but there is a case against both of these and I think it is irrelevant anyway.
So going with that these are the general changes which I think would be a big improvement:
1) Main menu > playlists - That should open the playlist catalog instead of the menu you get now
2) context menu on Main menu > playlists should open the current menu
3) the default action on .m3u files should be to open it in the viewer
4) the context menu in the playlist viewer needs to be changed to be more inline with the browsers' context menus on audio files (so individual tracks can be inserted into the current playlist or anything in the catalog)
Also, playlist catalog needs to use the filebrowser instead of some custom list to clean i all up.
1 and 2 are trivial changes, the rest will take a bit of effort to do right so don't really want to start before the inevitable discussion happens.
So, opinions? Other complaints about playlists that could be worked in?
Received on 2010-11-17

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