[mythtv] Some ideas about mythmusic
paul at raison.org.uk
Wed Aug 17 22:09:43 UTC 2005
With regard to Mythmusic, I agree, it is rather lacking in the area of
selecting tracks to play. I, like you, have my MP3's sorted in real
folders sorted by genre, year etc. The current method is useless for
this type of layout. Also playlists require a overhaul with importing of
m3u playlists from other apps.
Jonathan Fors wrote:
>Today I tried out mythmusic for the first time, and I just felt for
>writing here and just tell of my spontaneous ideas for improvements.
>I'll probably look into implementing these improvements, but first I
>wanted to get some feedback for them. It would be great to get some
>feedback about this.
>1. Filesystem-based browsing
>Currently Mythmusic sorts all the music after artists derived from the
>internal tags. This could be great to some people, but it is not the way
>my music is sorted. I have about 150 GiB of music on a central server
>mounted via smb, and I have a very good system of sorting so I can
>browse the music by descending into real folders and playing from there.
>If you have used the mpd music player system with the ncmpc client,
>you'll probably understand what I mean.
>Of course, this method of browsing would be an option, and not replace
>the current setting since I believe a lot of people uses this.
>2. Separated browsing and playlist maintenace
>Same here again, this idea comes from my long-time usage of ncmpc. It
>has in my opinion a superior playlist managment, and it is different
>from the one of mythmusic (and i.e. rhythmbox). One screen is used to
>browse the music by going into the folders (see #1) and add music to a
>playlist. This can be done either by adding whole directory structures
>or individual songs. The playlist is in another screen which shows the
>currently added songs in the playlist.
>This has one great advantage, which me and my sister always use with
>ncmpc: the ability to browse and discover new songs/artists/albums etc.
>without interrupting the playing music. Perhaps this is possible
>already, have I missed anything?
>Here follows a few ideas and criticism of mythgallery, so bare with me
>3. Local thumbnail caching
>Like the situation with the music, I am using a central fileserver for
>all our family's photos. I don't want mythtv do touch _anything_ on
>these images, so the permissions are set to read-only on the smb share.
>Now, for the thumbnail generation speed to be sane I really need
>thumbnail caching, but this won't work since the thumbnails are stored
>in the same folder as the images it thumbnails. I really don't want
>these "garbage" files hanging aroud on the central fileserver (Thumbs.db
>anyone?) so a thumbnail cache stored in ~/.mythtv would be much better.
>The program gqview caches thumbnails this way. The problem is bigger
>than might first be expected, since if I have to generate thumbs all the
>time as I am viewing images, the image showing process will be much,
>much slower. Right now the speed is extremely low, and it is "broken" in
>some people's eyes here at home =)
>4. Thumbnail re-indexing
>To develop further on the above idea, it would be great to be able to
>run a large thumb re-indexing as a cronjob or manually from myth. This
>process would, just lite mythmusic (and the mpd music server), go
>through the whole image tree and generate thumbnails as described in #3.
>It would also delete stale caches, so that if a directory is removed
>from the server, a stale thumb cache won't have to take up space.
>5. Hidden menu
>Currently the actions menu is always visible when browsing galleries.
>Isn't it better to have it hidden and show it when the menu button is
>6. Read-only mode
>A really random idea I just got, have an option in the mythgallery setup
>dialog to make mythgallery hide all image transformation settings, ideal
>for read-only image setups like mine.
>Now that's quite a list. I hope that you all have something to say about
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