rich at hq.vsaa.lv
Fri Nov 24 12:51:11 UTC 2006
Nick Andrew wrote:
> Amarok's an awesome application.
> One thing which would increase its awesomeness is if I can select a song
> which it is playing, or some other song, and have a menu item "add to
> playlist..." so I can add a specific song to a specific playlist.
you can drag tracks from main playlist into playlistbrowser - and
straight into any playlist you have created there. does this do what you
you can also drag tracks from the collection browser, just drag it over
'playlists' tab and hover for a moment.
> It's an idea suggested to me by an article I read at 43folders.com
> where the author suggests keeping a playlist of instrumental tracks.
> I'm thinking that it would be nice if amarok can build this list on
> the fly as I listen to normal music.
> Also I have a rather large music collection most of which was played
> with xmms, so when I select the playlist "never played" it selects
> several weeks worth of music. Of course I can't listen to all that;
> the "never played" should have some parameters - e.g. like the smart
> playlists, to populate only a certain number of tracks, or to function
> like a filter.
it sounds like you are an ideal candidate for trying out dynamic playlists.
go to the playlist browser, create a new dynamic playlist. set it's
source to be 'never played', load your now playlist.
> For example the main playlist could be "play random tracks" and that
> could be filtered through tests like "never played" or "new tracks" or
> test the genre.
create some smart playlists (or just one of them) that has tracks you
need (based on genres, artists, years or whatnot).
create a new dynamic playlist that draws tracks from these smart playlists.
> Speaking of genre testing, I have a lot of spoken word / audio
> books / downloaded podcasts / educational materials. When I want
> to listen to music, I don't want to see any of that stuff. So it
> should be possible to filter certain genres _out_ of the artist list,
do you mean collection browser with artist list ? if so, try entering in
the filter field -genre:<whatever_genre>
> playlists, random selection and so on.
create smart playlist that has conditions like never played & genre is
not <that_genre>, base a dynamic playlist on this smart playlist (note
that you can, of course, have several dynamic playlists :) )
> Also due to the size of my collection, if amarok decides it needs
> to do a new scan that tends to lock up my KDE task bar for minutes
> at a time (KDE responds to the input events after 30-60 seconds).
> You should really try to not have amarok take over my desktop when
> it has some substantial work to do.
is this a full scan or incremental scan (initiated by amarok itself) ?
which database are you using and how many tracks do you have in the
> Here's another suggestion ... keep the track rating visible in
> the task bar while the song is playing. If I miss the momentary
> announcement of the song's start, I don't know if I rated it or
> not and I have to go to the playlist window to check, before I
> hit alt-4 or whatever to rate the track.
i don't use ratings, but maybe global shortcut win+o helps - this will
pop up osd and you should be able to see rating there.
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