[RFC] MP3 player management via Rhythmbox etc.

Christopher James Halse Rogers raof at ubuntu.com
Fri Apr 30 04:32:47 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-04-29 at 14:37 -0400, John Moser wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:31 PM, Brandon Holtsclaw
> <me at brandonholtsclaw.com> wrote:
> >> I use Rhythmbox.  I don't care about Amarok, or whatever.  This will
> >> be framed for Rhythmbox; as for Kubuntu and whatever else, just cry
> >> "Feature Parity" until someone duplicates work solving the same
> >> problem again.
> >
> > No need. In this case, Amarok since 1.4-ish has handled media players
> > both generic and branded ones ( even media cards ) in this way, I think
> > this will be one of those rare cases where the shoes of feature parity
> > are reversed :)
> >

This has also been (mostly) supported in Rhythmbox[1] & Banshee for
quite some time, via the .is_(audio|media)_player file.  I'd guess that
Amarok is also reading these files?  I'm more familiar with Banshee than
Rhythmbox, but I'm fairly sure both will detect removable storage with
an .is_(audio|media)_player file as a generic DAP, and support the “drag
a playlist to the DAP” workflow you're after.

There's currently no tool I know of to generate the .is_(audio|
media)_player file, but I believe this would be a pretty simple Nautilus
extension to write.

The more advanced parts of your proposed interface - transcode when
space is tight, multiple policies for transcoding, etc, would need to be
implemented, but the basics should work right now.

[1] live.gnome.org/Rhythmbox/FAQ
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