Re: [Banshee-List] DACP in Banshee

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 7:38 PM, Melloware <info melloware com> wrote:
> Jeff Wheeler-2 wrote:
>> DACP doesn't involve any streaming music and seems to be considerably
>> simpler and probably easier to implement than DAAP.
>> What do you all think?
> Jeff and members of the Banshee Community,
> First a little background:  I have written the first 100% DACP compliant
> server for a media player called MediaMonkey.  My plugin is called
> MonkeyTunes...
> MonkeyTunes Link
> I spent about two months reverse engineering the DACP protocol so it
> respected all of the Apple Remote's functions that I could.  The added bonus
> is there is a Google Android DACP client also so I killed two birds with one
> stone...
> I charge 10$ currently for this plugin to MediaMonkey users.  If I were to
> create something similar for Banshee I have some questions....
> 1. Most importantly....Is this even possible given the GPL license of
> Banshee.  GPL is extremely viral and I don't know if I could create a
> commercial Extension for Bashee since by its nature it would need to
> implement the Banshee Extension interface?  So if I wanted to create a
> non-open source commercial plugin for 10$ would this even be possible?  If
> not I totally understand...just looking for some guidance.  Somehow I don't
> think it is possible.

Banshee is released under MIT/X11 licence AFAIK. So I *think*
commercial plugins are a-okay.

> 2. I notice there is NOT a lot of documentation on Extensions so I guess I
> would have to look at the Banshee extensions in the source tree for
> examples.  I didn't see any examples of querying the database directly for
> say "Get all Artists" or "Get all Albums by Artist = Ú2"' Is there a
> database schema somewhere documented with all the database tables in
> Banshee?  That would be needed for this Extension to work properly and
> efficiently.  MediaMonkey uses SQL Lite DB as I believe Banshee does.

Banshee does use SQLite.
You could always jump on #banshee at to ask your questions.

> 3. Would there even be interest from the Banshee community?  I know a lot of
> open source Linux projects and the community who use/support them are
> usually against paying money for plugins for what is typically an open and
> free environment.   If the community doesn't think it is viable then I of
> course also understand.

I don't know of any commercial Banshee extensions so yours would
probably be a first.

> I am just trying to figure out if it is worth pursuing?  Any guidance,
> thoughts, or comments are welcome and appreciated.  If you don't want to use
> this forum to chat we can always discuss offline at my email address info
> <at> melloware !dot! com.
> Looking forward to hearing from you.
> Melloware

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