Help wanted to evolve KDEs music players

Valentin Rusu valir at
Sun Aug 2 17:12:16 BST 2015

* Martin Sandsmark <martin.sandsmark at> [2015-08-02 17:31:51 +0200]:

> Hi!
> On Sat, Aug 01, 2015 at 08:47:48AM +0200, Ing. Konrad Renner wrote:
> > the player (no matter if it is Amarok, JuK or a new one) must be integrated
> > well in Plasma (eg usage of baloo for ratings, tags). If I use Plasma, it
> > does not matter for me if it runs standalone on eg Windows.
> Thinking a bit about this, and considering that it seems like there so far
> hasn't been anyone piping up willing to be a maintainer for a new player like
> this, I think it makes more sense to look at an existing player, and see if
> we can improve that instead, instead of trying to start something new (and
> with "new" I also mean trying to re-boot e. g. amarok or juk).
> For example VLC has an extremely modular architecture, everything in VLC is
> basically a plugin/module, including the user interfaces (in case everyone
> doesn't know, it actually has several different user interfaces already). An
> idea I've been toying with is to try to write a QML based UI module for VLC,
> and then I think it makes a lot of sense to base it on the sexy mockups from
> the VDG. I'm thinking that other kinds of integration functionality
> (activity-awareness, for example) should be possible to put in a module for
> VLC as well.

Reusing VLC is a very good idea. I find myself using it in almost all
use-cases, let it be playing a local video file or streaming some
hard-to-decode video from my powerful laptop to the RasberryPI.

Valentin Rusu
IRC: valir

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