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Tom Wynne
2004-04-21, 04:35
Thought I'd break this into a separate topic as it's now buried deep
within another...

Now that we have integration between SlimServer and Shoutcast, I think
it would be a nice feature to be able to select a shoutcast stream from
the Slim browser interface and have this play on the Slimp3/Squeeze.

I'm not a developer (so please forgive if I'm oversimplifying things!)
but I would envision transforming the XML that is already retrieved in
the Shoutcast browser module into a simple page within the browser.
Selecting a link should point the selected player at that stream.

This is somewhat a matter of personal preference as I just prefer using
the web interface to the remote, but it would also be an improvement
given the amount of information (number of genres, stations, etc.). It
would seem much easier to me 'browsing' this information in the web
browser than trying to navigate on the player.

This could also evolve to allow you to have 'favourite' stations (either
using playlists or something new to store them) which you could jump
directly to without downloading the shoutcast data every time.

Any views? Is this achievable?

Thanks for reading...

Tom

Peter Heslin
2004-04-21, 05:28
> This could also evolve to allow you to have 'favourite' stations (either
> using playlists or something new to store them) which you could jump
> directly to without downloading the shoutcast data every time.
>
> Any views? Is this achievable?

It's already possible: browse through the SHOUTcast web site, copy a
the URL of a stream you like to the clipboard (by right-clicking on
it, probably), paste the URL into your favorite text editor or
playlist editor, repeat as often as you like, save the resulting
playlist to your "Saved Playlists" folder, and play the streams from
the web interface or client device.

I will grant you that this is not a very elegant procedure.

An interesting project for some developer would be to integrate a
generalized playlist editor into the web interface. Then you could do
all sorts of interesting things with playlists (including pasting URLs
from the SHOUTcast web site) without leaving the web interface.

One problem is that, at the moment, I believe there is no very easy
way for plugins to use the web interface.

Peter

Tom Wynne
2004-04-21, 08:43
Agreed that is possible now, but definitely not as elegant as it could
be. I realise the plugins don't have this sort of control over the web
interface, but couldn't this just be added at the skin level (isn't a
skin largely a collection of web pages/graphics?)

Peter Heslin wrote:

>>This could also evolve to allow you to have 'favourite' stations (either
>>using playlists or something new to store them) which you could jump
>>directly to without downloading the shoutcast data every time.
>>
>>Any views? Is this achievable?
>
>
> It's already possible: browse through the SHOUTcast web site, copy a
> the URL of a stream you like to the clipboard (by right-clicking on
> it, probably), paste the URL into your favorite text editor or
> playlist editor, repeat as often as you like, save the resulting
> playlist to your "Saved Playlists" folder, and play the streams from
> the web interface or client device.
>
> I will grant you that this is not a very elegant procedure.
>
> An interesting project for some developer would be to integrate a
> generalized playlist editor into the web interface. Then you could do
> all sorts of interesting things with playlists (including pasting URLs
> from the SHOUTcast web site) without leaving the web interface.
>
> One problem is that, at the moment, I believe there is no very easy
> way for plugins to use the web interface.
>
> Peter

kdf
2004-04-21, 09:31
Quoting Peter Heslin <slimp3 (AT) heslin (DOT) eclipse.co.uk>:


> An interesting project for some developer would be to integrate a
> generalized playlist editor into the web interface. Then you could do
> all sorts of interesting things with playlists (including pasting URLs
> from the SHOUTcast web site) without leaving the web interface.
>
> One problem is that, at the moment, I believe there is no very easy
> way for plugins to use the web interface.

already done by Felix:
http://YourServerIP:9000/edit_playlist.html
-kdf