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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[4]: never really got it
by Howie S on Fri 5th Dec 2008 00:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: never really got it"
Howie S
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2005-07-14

I'm intrigued by your novel approach. I used BeOS a bit in the late nineties. It's attribute-extensible filesystem was certainly one of it's great strengths. It was like having the power of a relational database built right in.

> 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 can see how you felt BeOS was the right tool for the job.

IMO, any old program can play media files. The real holy grail is helping me find novel and interesting ways of grouping songs together. That way I can find what mood I'm in, and select the type of music to match, and then just sit back and listen while the program does the rest. Most programmers don't seem to get that while 'genre', 'artist' and 'album' are good ways of grouping songs together, by themselves they don't always make for very diverse, interesting, or pleasing playlists.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm intrigued by your novel approach.


Thanks - although I can't take much credit. IIRC, there was an article in BeTips back in the R4.5 days that described how to create BFS attributes corresponding to ID3 tags.

I used BeOS a bit in the late nineties. It's attribute-extensible filesystem was certainly one of it's great strengths. It was like having the power of a relational database built right in.


Absolutely. For a while, the BeTips site was powered by a set of scripts that used text files with BFS attributes as a database. When I started with SQL, it already seemed familiar after having used command line & formula queries in BeOS.

IMO, any old program can play media files. The real holy grail is helping me find novel and interesting ways of grouping songs together. That way I can find what mood I'm in, and select the type of music to match, and then just sit back and listen while the program does the rest. Most programmers don't seem to get that while 'genre', 'artist' and 'album' are good ways of grouping songs together, by themselves they don't always make for very diverse, interesting, or pleasing playlists.


I know what you mean - I've never really found any way to do that other than creating playlists manually.

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