[Bug 31601] default playlist format when creating new playlists in Serpentine

Jonathon Conte thesicktwist at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 16 07:35:28 UTC 2006

Public bug reported:

Affects: serpentine (Ubuntu)
       Severity: Normal
       Priority: (none set)
         Status: Unconfirmed

I'm running Serpentine v0.6.9.0 in Dapper Drake (testing). When I
attempt to save a playlist, Serpentine has no playlist format selected
by default. Instead it has "Detect by extension" selected. This is
extremely technical for the average user. If one tries to create a
playlist called "CD Project 1", an error message occurs with the
following "Unsupported Format: The playlist format you used (by the file
extension) is currently not supported."

Serpentine should automatically do "the right thing" when a user tries
to save a playlist. There should be no extension required from the user
and I am inclined to think that there should not even be a playlist
format option in the save dialog as it overly complicates the playlist
saving process. At the very least, Serpentine should automatically
select a file format when the user does not provide a file extension in
the filename.

As far as which file format should be used by default, I am unsure which
to propose. Two requisites I can think of for the default file format
are that Serpentine should be capable of opening that format and the
format should be an open, non-patent-encumbered standard.
Interoperability is another factor to consider when selecting a default
format for Serpentine to use. If a user creates several playlists with
Serpentine then he or she may eventually wish to open those playlists
with Totem or Rhythmbox as well.

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