Collections in the XMMS2 music player
Posted Jun 14, 2007 17:43 UTC (Thu) by thoffman
In reply to: Collections in the XMMS2 music player
Parent article: Collections in the XMMS2 music player
Yes, I'd like to be able to teach my music player that Tracks 1-4 on a particular CD are "Symphony #41" and should always be played together, in sequence, and tracks 5-9 are "Symphony #42" with the same restriction, but track 10 is a single work and can be played without restriction.
Note also it isn't just classical music that has this restriction. I have a bunch of "non-stop dance mixes" of various techno and electronica which meant to be played all the way through the whole CD with no breaks between songs. Or, at least between most songs.
Although, long stretches from a single CD can kind of defeat the purpose of shuffle play... maybe an option like: When shuffle play is enabled, only shuffle in the middle of this sequence with a given probability. For instance, p=0.25 would on average break the sequences into four-track lengths.
Hmmm.... you know, that would be useful for non-sequenced music too. I sometimes find it disconcerting when shuffle play jumps between radically different styles of music. If I could adjust a probability (or some other tunable) so that once shuffle chose a track from a CD, there would be a strong probability that it would then play at least one or two more tracks from that CD before going on to a different CD, I'd probably use that.
The collections thing with binary operators sounds also really useful. It would even be better if there were relational operators which could work on ID3 tags. Then could tag all my tracks as "Live" or "Studio", and with a relational '<' ID3.YEAR operator, easily have a collection of "Pre-1990 Live U2" for instance.
Of course, with all these features there has to be a really, really convenient user interface, otherwise it's just too much trouble to bother with. On my IPod I usually end up shuffle-playing within a single genre just because it's easier than putting together a playlist.
I mainly want to listen to music, not futz around in a clunky UI for hours.
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