[mythtv-users] Multiple questions from a mythtv newbie...

Dewey Smolka dsmolka at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 21:08:01 EST 2005

> 3.  MythWeb
> Perhaps I just can't do this, or perhaps I just don't know better, but is
> there a way to create playlists (through MythWeb, or through MythMusic)?  I
> can play a directory, or a individual song, but I can't seem to find a way
> to create a playlist of multiple songs, and either stream them to another
> system (say through MythWeb) or have them play through MythMusic...

It would be nice to set up playlists through MythWeb, but I'm not sure
it's possible at the moment -- mainly because MW is geared towards the
backend TV functions, while MythMusic is a frontend module.

The easiest way to set up a playlist is to start Listen to Music and
then pressing '3' inside the Music module. This will let you set up
the active list, which will remain until you change it again. Saving
and managing multiple playlists is still a mystery to me (and I've
been using MythMusic for a year and a half).

You can let MythMusic try to sort everything from ID3 tags, but this
is not a particularly good way of doing it -- you end up with entries
for Miles Davis; Davis, Miles; Miles Davis Quintet, The, and so on. In
the Music Setup screen, change sorting to "directory" and manually
arrange you library how you want -- eg
Genre/Artist/Album/01_Track_1.ogg. That's how it will navigate at the
main menu. Also, there a checkbox in setup for Browse Directory Tree,
which will let you navigate between the playlist and the directory
tree without leaving MythMusic.

As far as sending them to other machines, MythMusic is on the FE, so
streaming them is probably not the best solution. The easiest thing is
to put your music dir on an NFS/Samba share and point whatever system
you want to the directory. This also means that you can play the songs
from outside of MythTV, although I have no idea about swapping
playlists between machines. I suppose if the playlists were also in
the NFSed directory then any system could play them but I don't really
know all that much about it.

Hope that helps, and good luck.

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