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James Dunn
2004-05-11, 13:55
Thanks for that. I already run Samba on the Linux box accessed by iTunes
from a Windows PC so it should be possible for me. However, the point for
me is that I don't really want to use the web or any PC interface to
pre-define playlists. I have 6 slimp3s around the house at present - only
one being anywhere near a PC. I thought that if you had an interface that
allowed the following:

Browse by Year->Single Year->Tracks
Browse by Year->Range->Start Year->End Year->Tracks

You would scroll up/down to select the Single/Start/End years.

The only down side of this simple approach is that you would get all tracks
within the defined years for all genres, artists etc. That's not a problem
for me although I can imagine a few people then wanting artist/genre added
on to that. I guess you could do that by adding a:

Browse by Year->Range->Start Year->End
Year->Tracks->All/Artist/Genre->Artist Name/Genre Name

entry at the end but that may be going a little too far!

Cheers,

James



-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of kdf
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:55 PM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: RE: [slim] Another potentially unreasonable request

James,

Slimserver running under Linux is capable of parsing the iTunes Library. It
does require that you run iTuens on windows, but very simple network shares
can
give you access from both systems, and a few server settings will handle the
conversions from windows file locations in the itunes library to real
locaitons
on your linux server. Recent nightlies, of course.

-kdf

Quoting James Dunn <james.dunn (AT) hedgehog-house (DOT) co.uk>:

> Adam,
>
> But there's no iTunes when you use Linux as a server. The cache database
> already stores year information and since search/browse features are
> selectable in the web interface it shouldn't result in a cluttered
interface
> unless the user decides they want the feature.
>
> James
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of adam
> Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:23 PM
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: Re: [slim] Another potentially unreasonable request
>
> I think most of these things can be accomplished using iTunes Smart
> Playlists.
>
> I have smart playlists that include "Added in the last 2 weeks", "Year is
> between 1970 and 1979", as well as "Grouping contains On-U", etc. iTunes
> has some very flexible filtering options in the Smart Playlists, and it
> also updates them automatically. Tell Slim to pick up the custom iTunes
> playlists and then let it do it's thing. Presto.
>
> adam
>
>

kdf
2004-05-11, 14:12
Believe me, the desire for this feature is completely understood. It just not
readily workable.

-kdf

Quoting James Dunn <james.dunn (AT) hedgehog-house (DOT) co.uk>:

> Thanks for that. I already run Samba on the Linux box accessed by iTunes
> from a Windows PC so it should be possible for me. However, the point for
> me is that I don't really want to use the web or any PC interface to
> pre-define playlists. I have 6 slimp3s around the house at present - only
> one being anywhere near a PC. I thought that if you had an interface that
> allowed the following:
>
> Browse by Year->Single Year->Tracks
> Browse by Year->Range->Start Year->End Year->Tracks
>
> You would scroll up/down to select the Single/Start/End years.
>
> The only down side of this simple approach is that you would get all tracks
> within the defined years for all genres, artists etc. That's not a problem
> for me although I can imagine a few people then wanting artist/genre added
> on to that. I guess you could do that by adding a:
>
> Browse by Year->Range->Start Year->End
> Year->Tracks->All/Artist/Genre->Artist Name/Genre Name
>
> entry at the end but that may be going a little too far!
>
> Cheers,
>
> James
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of kdf
> Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:55 PM
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: RE: [slim] Another potentially unreasonable request
>
> James,
>
> Slimserver running under Linux is capable of parsing the iTunes Library. It
> does require that you run iTuens on windows, but very simple network shares
> can
> give you access from both systems, and a few server settings will handle the
> conversions from windows file locations in the itunes library to real
> locaitons
> on your linux server. Recent nightlies, of course.
>
> -kdf
>
> Quoting James Dunn <james.dunn (AT) hedgehog-house (DOT) co.uk>:
>
> > Adam,
> >
> > But there's no iTunes when you use Linux as a server. The cache database
> > already stores year information and since search/browse features are
> > selectable in the web interface it shouldn't result in a cluttered
> interface
> > unless the user decides they want the feature.
> >
> > James
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> > [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of adam
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:23 PM
> > To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> > Subject: Re: [slim] Another potentially unreasonable request
> >
> > I think most of these things can be accomplished using iTunes Smart
> > Playlists.
> >
> > I have smart playlists that include "Added in the last 2 weeks", "Year is
> > between 1970 and 1979", as well as "Grouping contains On-U", etc. iTunes
> > has some very flexible filtering options in the Smart Playlists, and it
> > also updates them automatically. Tell Slim to pick up the custom iTunes
> > playlists and then let it do it's thing. Presto.
> >
> > adam
> >
> >