[mythtv] Proposed Change to MythMusic

Guido Grazioli guido.grazioli at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 15:30:06 UTC 2007

Hello all,

i'm relatively new to mythtv, but let me explain my point of view:
mythmusic should be left as simple as possible and should
not depend neither on good id3 tagging nor external
tools/ways of managing music metainfo.

The action itself of "creating a playlist" or "modify a playlist content"
in its intrinsic complexity is way too much for a *home* (in the sense
of living room) media system.

My idea is that of playlists working as keyword tagging works in blogs;
each song can be tagged with any keyword (press SELECT ->
play it; press MENU -> dialog with multiselect box of existing tags
and textbox to add a new one).

So for instance if i have that song:
"Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Sinister Minister"
i can tag it with
"wooten" (the bass player), "original soundtrack" and/or "fusion"
without touching id3 tags.

The best in that case would be doubling the height of each row
in song listings looking as follows:
04. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Sinister Minister  (big font)
[wooten] [fusion] [awesome] (smaller one)

So creating playlists would be as easy as to check on/off all defined
tags and possibly, placing them in AND or OR relation. Actually the
list of songs tagged with a keyword *is* already a playlist.

Sorry if my contribution is a duplicate or just stupid,
as i said i'm new to mythtv and theres alot of material to read.


2007/7/13, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com>:
> On 7/13/07, Roo <roo.watt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 12/07/07, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > So basically Smart Playlists.
> > >
> > > Of course, all this is dependent on proper tagging and full db support
> > > for all the id3v2.x fields.
> >
> >
> > So basically yeah, Smart Playlists. :)
> >
> > But allowing the user to build the tree that organises *their* music
> > collection the way that make most sense to them. Merging the
> > collection browsing with the playlist editing makes great sense to me.
> I agree. I rather like how XBMC does that actually. you can browse
> music, hit a button and see the playlist, hit it again and go back to
> browsing. To add a track to the playlist while in browse mode you hit
> another button, which i think defaults to "0". Similarly to that, and
> how shuffle/viz/random are now, things could be mapped to the number
> buttons.
> On 7/13/07, Roo <roo.watt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 13/07/07, Stuart Auchterlonie <stuarta at squashedfrog.net> wrote:
> > > There's two schools of thought on this.
> > > 1) replace the currently playing song with the one i select
> > > 2) add the selected song to the end of the list.
> > >
> > > #1 is current behaviour.
> > > #2 is what i call DJ mode, or party mode.
> >
> > Being able to "lock on" DJ mode would be great, so if you are having a
> > party you can stop people exiting a messing with the rest of your
> > mythtv recordings etc.
> >
> > Come to think of it, in DJ mode you would want to stop the same song
> > getting scheduled multiple times and prevent user B deleting user A's
> > song from the playlist "cos they a sh*t".
> a DJ mode would be great, especially if you can control it via
> MythWeb, so you could just have the visualization up on the tv and do
> any dj management via a laptop or similar.
> --
> Steve
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