Re: Common music database?

Well Tracker looks certainly very cool (really), but this brings up the problem again that each player has it's own way of dealing with metadata internally, and the question is how much do we want to spec here?

For example in BMP experimental (the `bmpx' repository in our SVN), we use, as i've already said, a relation type library and hence there's no much use for us for an SQL or SQL based, or otherwise query based external system apart from the _raw storage_.

Tracker again isn't just raw storage, it's somewhat more, and i dare to say that any player that would want to make full use of Tracker as the (shared) metadata/database backend would have to either sacrifice a lot of own features it supports, or have really a lot of very whacked and very weird code (as bindings always tend to have a lot of blood and bonesplitter in them).

So to put the point: _How much_ do we want to spec here? And Sriram, since you hinted us towards Tracker, what was your intent or what do you think on this issue?

(Just for the sake: In our case it would basically mean throwing away our entirel relation type library, or writing some kind of connector between that and Tracker, which runs down to exactly the 2 options i've mentioned above, and of which none sounds very pleasing to me.)


On 3/30/06, Sriram Ramkrishna <sri aracnet com> wrote:
So I'm trying to restart this thread again.  I was talking to Jamie
McCracken about Tracker, his replacement for medusa.  He has some
interesting ideas about using it as a music backend.  Tracker is
an extensible metadata daemon, as well as an indexer.

So the nice win we could get is that we would no longer need to
import music into the player but they would automatically show up.  Plus it has support for tags and various other goodies.

More information here:

You can get it from GNOME CVS apparently, and uses an embedded
mysql database.

The one main advantage I see is that it already has a full DBus API.

Hopefully, Jamie has subscribed and he can talk more about it.


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