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John Whitlock
2005-03-19, 21:20
I like most things about SlimServer, but I'm underwhelmed by the playlist
creation. I'm spoiled by MusicMatch's AutoDJ, where I can specify "Make me
a playlist that is 5 hours long that contains music that is Good or better,
and includes music that everyone likes and that only I seem to like". Of
course, it took a lot of work of creating MusicMatch-specific tags to make
AutoDJ work well, but the result is that I can create a fun mix of music
with almost no effort.

Now, the process is a bit more complex. I turn on the Windows box, create a
playlist in MusicMatch, then run a sed script to change the .mpu file to
Unix filename conventions, then sftp it to my music server and the playlist
directory. It's not a horribly difficult process, but I have a hard time
teaching my wife to do it (or convincing her that it is worth doing). One
of the reasons I like SlimServer is that I can use my always-on webserver to
serve the music, so it feels like I'm losing if I have to boot up the
Windows box.

My searches have found no third-party tools that duplicate the MusicMatch
AutoDJ (or indeed any tools that claim to read the MusicMatch tags), so I
imagine I'll have to Scratch My Own Itch and create something, eventually.
But, for the time being, I thought others might have cool solutions for
creating playlists, and maybe even some that are integrated with SlimServer.
That might be MusicMagic or MoodLogic - are these programs worth the
registration cost? Or are there free software projects that meet your
playlist needs?

John DASH Whitlock AT IEEE DOT ORG

Jack Coates
2005-03-19, 21:29
John Whitlock wrote:
> I like most things about SlimServer, but I'm underwhelmed by the playlist
> creation. I'm spoiled by MusicMatch's AutoDJ, where I can specify "Make me
> a playlist that is 5 hours long that contains music that is Good or better,
> and includes music that everyone likes and that only I seem to like". Of
> course, it took a lot of work of creating MusicMatch-specific tags to make
> AutoDJ work well, but the result is that I can create a fun mix of music
> with almost no effort.
>
> Now, the process is a bit more complex. I turn on the Windows box, create a
> playlist in MusicMatch, then run a sed script to change the .mpu file to
> Unix filename conventions, then sftp it to my music server and the playlist
> directory. It's not a horribly difficult process, but I have a hard time
> teaching my wife to do it (or convincing her that it is worth doing). One
> of the reasons I like SlimServer is that I can use my always-on webserver to
> serve the music, so it feels like I'm losing if I have to boot up the
> Windows box.
>
> My searches have found no third-party tools that duplicate the MusicMatch
> AutoDJ (or indeed any tools that claim to read the MusicMatch tags), so I
> imagine I'll have to Scratch My Own Itch and create something, eventually.
> But, for the time being, I thought others might have cool solutions for
> creating playlists, and maybe even some that are integrated with SlimServer.
> That might be MusicMagic or MoodLogic - are these programs worth the
> registration cost? Or are there free software projects that meet your
> playlist needs?
>
> John DASH Whitlock AT IEEE DOT ORG
>

This is the point of the 6.0 upgrade... switching to a database backend
will enable this sort of feature to be built in the 6.x releases. For
the meantime, people are using the MM & ML type stuff. A free-to-try
option like those is AudioScrobbler, which doesn't generate playlists,
but does generate internet-radio stations. Nice for travelling.
--
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Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip since 1996!