Collections in the XMMS2 music player
Posted Jun 14, 2007 15:57 UTC (Thu) by nix
Parent article: Collections in the XMMS2 music player
I'm not certain that this solves one problem common among those of us who listen to classical music and audiobooks.
The case we'd generally like is `shuffle entire works'. You might be able to do this in the structure described by defining `media' to be `a list of MP3 files in a specific directory' or something, but this seems crocky. Essentially you'd want a way to chain media together (into little lists which may themselves have sublists and so on, so you get a tree of media?) such that operators such as sorting only apply to the first element in the list (or to a selected one? XPath for music collections! ;) ).
Rockbox acquired something that sort of works in this area by providing random directory autochanging. This is a kludge but it sort of works if you turn shuffle off and keep one work in each directory: but it's a lot less elegant than having a shuffling/selection mechanism that actually *understands* that certain media should only be played in sequence with others (unless explicitly requested: maybe you *want* to listen to only the third movement of some work, but generally speaking you'd want to start with the first movement and play to the last: shuffled movements are basically never desirable).
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