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sposthuma
2005-08-20, 09:14
I finally finished ripping and encoding my 400+ CD collection. Having random access to my music from various places in the house is fantastic for sure.

I am wondering about something however. My wife and I have very different taste in music. I like the hard and alternative stuff, she likes folk, female singers, etc. Browsing the music collection can be an interesting experience! However I wonder if there could be a way to make it easier for her to find what she wants. Sure, we can set up playlists, but they group all songs together and you lose the ability to browse by artist/album. I could group her stuff in a limited (or even one) amount of genres but I like the accurate genres I have everything tagged with.

Ideally there would be a 'category' feature in SlimServer. A kind of top level attribute where you could limit your collection when browsing. Something like this could be achieved with a clever search, unfortunately the wife is non technical and wants a button called 'wife' that allows her to access her music.

AFAIK this doesn't exist right now in SlimServer, so this is a bit of a musing on something that would be useful. If there is a way to do this now in SlimServer I'd love to hear about it.

Stefan

takashi37
2005-08-20, 10:19
Might be easier just to find a new wife :)

Seriously, my wife and I listen to different music too so any ideas for this would be appreciated here as well.

andreas
2005-08-20, 11:35
Depending on you directory-structure, have seperate trees for you music,
and browse by Music Folder
ie.:
/music/hers/Artist/Album
/music/his/Artist/Album

(Music Folder in Server Settings would be /music)

just my 10 öre

rgds
/andreas

takashi37 wrote:
> Might be easier just to find a new wife :)
>
> Seriously, my wife and I listen to different music too so any ideas for
> this would be appreciated here as well.
>
>

2005-08-20, 12:57
There's a very easy way that works for me and my family: use Browse Music
Folder after organising your specific collection in folders.
Example:

-You
-- hard
-- alternative
-Your Wife
-- folk
-- female singers
- etc...

You both have access to the complete collection, but if you or your wife
only wants to hear your own music, just browse to your own directory and
press play at the level you want to start listening (e.g. if you press play
at the 'Your Wife Level' her entire collection gets played, but none of your
hard stuff..)

It's very easy and works wonders...My wife & kids never have any trouble
finding our own music collection.

Bye
Peter


-----Original Message-----
From: sposthuma [mailto:sposthuma.1u2m6z (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com]
Sent: zaterdag 20 augustus 2005 18:14
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Subject: [slim] Music categories in SlimServer


I finally finished ripping and encoding my 400+ CD collection. Having random
access to my music from various places in the house is fantastic for sure.

I am wondering about something however. My wife and I have very different
taste in music. I like the hard and alternative stuff, she likes folk,
female singers, etc. Browsing the music collection can be an interesting
experience! However I wonder if there could be a way to make it easier for
her to find what she wants. Sure, we can set up playlists, but they group
all songs together and you lose the ability to browse by artist/album. I
could group her stuff in a limited (or even one) amount of genres but I like
the accurate genres I have everything tagged with.

Ideally there would be a 'category' feature in SlimServer. A kind of top
level attribute where you could limit your collection when browsing.
Something like this could be achieved with a clever search, unfortunately
the wife is non technical and wants a button called 'wife' that allows her
to access her music.

AFAIK this doesn't exist right now in SlimServer, so this is a bit of a
musing on something that would be useful. If there is a way to do this now
in SlimServer I'd love to hear about it.

Stefan


--
sposthuma

takashi37
2005-08-20, 16:22
Thanks for posting those suggestions.

While workable, I guess for me they're a tad suboptimal for a few reasons.

First, I'd lose the other benefits of tag based browsing.

Second, I've let my folder names become a free-for-all, choosing instead to spend the time I would have spent renaming folders foccusing on good tagging (and also being with said wife).

Either way, for the most part the browse genres and artists gets the job done for us. Plus, lately we've been listening to a ton of internet radio and other streams, so really not the end of the world.

Again, thanks for the suggestions.

TL

Marc Sherman
2005-08-21, 11:26
sposthuma wrote:
>
> I am wondering about something however. My wife and I have very
> different taste in music. I like the hard and alternative stuff, she
> likes folk, female singers, etc. Browsing the music collection can be
> an interesting experience! However I wonder if there could be a way to
> make it easier for her to find what she wants. Sure, we can set up
> playlists, but they group all songs together and you lose the ability
> to browse by artist/album. I could group her stuff in a limited (or
> even one) amount of genres but I like the accurate genres I have
> everything tagged with.

You can set the "Multiple items in tags" preference, and tag your songs
with multiple genres -- the specific ones as well as the general
"mine/hers" category.

- Marc

Maditude
2005-08-21, 18:46
[snip]
Ideally there would be a 'category' feature in SlimServer. A kind of top level attribute where you could limit your collection when browsing. Something like this could be achieved with a clever search, unfortunately the wife is non technical and wants a button called 'wife' that allows her to access her music.

AFAIK this doesn't exist right now in SlimServer, so this is a bit of a musing on something that would be useful. If there is a way to do this now in SlimServer I'd love to hear about it.


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