Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 4th Dec 2008 18:20 UTC
Editorial Songbird is a new open-source music player that has this week landed at 1.0. Songbird is described as a "web player"- a music player for this modern, connected era. It blends the web-rendering core of Firefox (Gecko), with the media capabilities of GStreamer- a cross-platform, open-source media playback engine.
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RE: never really got it
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 4th Dec 2008 21:13 UTC in reply to "never really got it"
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

I think it's largely a matter of taste / preference. FWIW, I'm in the same boat as you are - I'd much rather use small, best-of-breed applications that focus on a specific task. Most of my music is stored on a BeOS machine, using Tracker / BFS attributes for indexing/cataloguing, SoundPlay for playback, ArmyKnife for tagging, and the RipEnc script for ripping and encoding.

Although I can certainly see why someone would prefer an end-to-end solution that handles all of those tasks.

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RE[2]: never really got it
by Kroc on Thu 4th Dec 2008 21:49 in reply to "RE: never really got it"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Using the FS xattrs for managing [natively] music (and photos) is the dream I've always wanted in an OS. I would greatly be interested in a detailed write-up / break-down of that system you've got there. That sort of thing I find fascinating.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

My setup is in a bit of shambles at the moment, thanks to a hard drive crash last year. But I've been thinking about rebuilding it (most of the files were mirrored on other drives, thankfully) and documenting the process as a how-to guide.

The biggest limitation is that the BeOS filemanager (Tracker) has no way to natively read ID3 tags from files (as Win Explorer and, I believe, Finder do) - so separate apps need to be used to convert the tags to filesystem attributes. Though SoundPlay will do it automatically when a file is first played, and there are apps that can batch-convert the tags from multiple files.

Without going on and on, I find the biggest advantage is that it's extremely simple to customize the way files are displayed / listed. I normally use really verbose filenames (Track Num - Artist - Album - Title.mp3), but then set the filemanager to show only the track number & song title - and sort by track number. Attributes can also be set for the folders containing each individual album - so you can do stuff like sort the ablums for an individual artist by year, without having to put it in the folder name.

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