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Ian Whalley
2003-11-10, 19:25
My MP3 server gets used for two things -- first, to
stream to SLIMP3s (duh!); second, to get copied onto
iPods for mobile use.

iPods don't do .CUE files, but the SLIMP3 does (and
does them jolly well, nice work). So for some albums,
it would be ideal for me to be able to store both the
single-huge-mp3-with-matching-cue, _and_ the
one-mp3-per-track versions. This has a rather
unfortunate doubling effect when the SLIMP3 sees both
versions.

Obviously, one solution is to store the
one-mp3-per-track versions outside the directory that
the SLIMP3 thinks of as the music root. This would
work great, but I don't really want to do it (the
collection lives, carefully sorted, on a RAID5 volume
set).

What I'd really like is to do this:

pink floyd - the wall / the_wall.mp3
the_wall.cue
separate / 1.01 - in the flesh.mp3
1.02 - the thin ice .mp3
[ ... ]
2.13 - outside the wall.mp3

And then be able to tell the SLIMP3 server to ignore
everything underneath all directories called 'separate'
in the collection (presumably one would do this by
regexp).

Is there some way to do this with the current server
software? Or some other way to have the server
'prefer' CUEed versions of an album over unCUEed
versions of the same album?

Cheers;

inw

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Ian Whalley <first name> @ <last name> . org

Ian Whalley
2003-11-10, 19:42
[Sean:]
>>Is there some way to do this with the current server
>>software? Or some other way to have the server
>>'prefer' CUEed versions of an album over unCUEed
>>versions of the same album?
>One idea OTOH would be to add an id3 tag which
>indicates that the individual files should be ignored.

Indeed. I don't feel qualified to invent new tags, but
that'd be nice too. Yet a third option is to have the
server ignore single-MP3 versions of tracks in the same
directory as CUEed files containing those same tracks
(just match the artist, track name, and track number).

I'm sure there are other approaches as well.

inw

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Ian Whalley <first name> @ <last name> . org

Ian Whalley
2003-11-11, 06:05
>>And then be able to tell the SLIMP3 server to ignore
>>everything underneath all directories called 'separate'
>>in the collection (presumably one would do this by
>>regexp).
>>Is there some way to do this with the current server
>>software? Or some other way to have the server
>>'prefer' CUEed versions of an album over unCUEed
>>versions of the same album?
>I work around this by not putting any tags at all in the
>album mp3. Then it doesn't show up when browsing, as long
>as you are browsing by tags and not directory.

I think this is a different problem -- I was talking about
having both the single huge "album mp3" (with CUE file next
to it) for the SLIMP3 to use _and_ separate per-track MP3s
for iPods to use.

I agree that when using a CUE file, you should not tag the
MP3 that the CUE file indexes -- things work better that
way.

inw

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Ian Whalley <first name> @ <last name> . org