Re: suggestion: unified media player control panel applet

Ross Burton wrote:
On Thu, 2005-09-15 at 09:42 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:

On Thu, 2005-09-15 at 17:36 +0100, Ross Burton wrote:

On Thu, 2005-09-15 at 09:30 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:

Well, ANYWAYS, I'd say all this goes to show that we certainly don't
have the One True Media player yet (if ever) and my original proposal
should still be considered. Any of you lot - especially the ones who
actually write media players, hi Ross and Bastien - have an opinion on
it? Or want to write it? :)

I don't believe in the One True Media Player.  I challenge anyone to
come up with a *good* UI which combines with internet video playing and
CD ripping.

Erm, the original proposal was not to write the One True Media Player.
It was to write a panel applet consolidating simple controls for all
current media players, instead of the current situation where they all
stick a non-removable notification area icon in my panel with their own
controls on it. The discussion kind of sprawled in a major way from that

Oh, sorry.  I don't believe in that either.  :)

Applications in Desktop should agree on a general layout for the
notification area, but I also don't believe that the notification area
is a good use for media player remote controls.


yes. I'm not a UI/HIG expert, but i would imagine it would be fairly difficult/clumsy to write an applet/control, that would distingish which media player is acctually doing something, and sent signals/messages to that individual player. god forbid someone is playing a movie muted with music playing, it wouldn't know what app to control. then you have to think about how it would go about controling said applications. each media player, from my experiance, has a completly diffrent and individual way of receiving signals or invoking plugins. i know rhythmbox (and maybe totem?) can use bonobo controls (i have attached python to rhythmbox many a time), but what about xmms, or beep, or any KDE based applications like mplayer? or vlc?

no, one applet to to attempt to control all of these is not that way to go. it would just be far to complicated and clumsy to write and most likly use.

thats just my 2 cents on the disscussion i have seen rage on for a day or 2 now.


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