I got my first Squeezebox two years ago and added a second one
a month later. I'm really pleased with them; they have become
an important part of our home life. In the last two years,
I've created over 500 playlists--I'm in the habit of building a
new one each evening when I get home from work. However, I
find the process awfully tedious. Here are some of the
limitations that really bug me while I'm building playlists
through the browser-based UI:
* How do I insert a song at the beginning of the current
playlist in the web interface?
* How do I queue a song or album to appear immediately after
the currently-playing song in the playlist?
* How do I move a group of songs up or down in the playlist?
(Moving several tracks to the middle of a 60-track playlist
using the up arrows is a real pain).
* How do I delete a group of songs in the playlist?
I'm running Slimserver 6.5.4 on Fedora Core 4. (I know--I'll
upgrade my OS over the holidays). iTunes is not an option.
I use rhythmbox (version 0.8.8) under headphones to preview
tracks while I'm building playlists. Rhythmbox has really
good drag-and-drop capability, but I can't use it to assemble
new playlists for the slimserver because it stores them in a
I think that recent versions of rhythmbox (0.9.5 and later)
store playlists in M3U format. If I upgrade to that, how
would I get slimserver to import the playlist that I've just
constructed (without having to rescan all the playlists in
Finally, it would be really useful to see the total playing
time and time remaining of the current playlist on the
browser-based user interface. What would be the best way to
add that feature? It looks like I would need to scan the
metadata for the tracks in the playlist to get the lengths
and modify the playlist page to display the times. I'm
fairly fluent in Perl, so I'm not intimidated by code, but
I don't want to do a dirty hack, so some guidance would be
Has anyone done a Java- or PerlTk-based UI for the Slimserver?
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2007-10-30, 21:03 #1
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
- Sugar Land
I need a better way to build playlists