Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] Some suggestions

On Tue, 2003-09-09 at 04:09, Gisli Ottarsson wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-09-09 at 04:01, Joshua Haberman wrote:
> > On Mon, 2003-09-08 at 17:46, Colin Walters wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2003-09-08 at 19:28, Gisli Ottarsson wrote:
> > > >  1) It would be nice to be able to queue up songs without
> > > >     having to build a play-list.  Drag songs into the queue
> > > >     where they wait their turn.  Once played they simply fall
> > > >     off the queue.  Great for parties where everyone is a DJ.
> > > >     Perhaps the vertical "Source" area could be tabbed with
> > > >     "Queue" area in another tab.
> > > 
> > > This is what playlists *should* be.  We just have to unbreak them.  This
> > > will happen right after the database reworking.
> > 
> > I feel like these are different concepts.  Playlists are an ordered
> > subset of the library.  You can start anywhere in the list, and once a
> > song is done it moves to the next one.  A queue would be different:
> > 
> > * if nothing is currently playing, you should be able to drag a song to
> > the queue to start playing only that song.  Once that song is finished,
> > RB stops playing again.
> > * once a song in the queue has been played, it should disappear from the
> > queue.  You would never want this to happen for a playlist.
> > 
> > It seems reasonable that the queue could be a new source that has a
> > similar implementation to playlists, with these two major differences.
> Exactly right.  Once a song is played it is deleted from the queue,
> which never happens in a playlist.  Also, Shuffle does not make sense
> in a queue.  More like FIFO, although manual reordering would be a
> handy feature.    
> Another difference might be that a song could appear multiple times in
> a queue, which is probably not true for a playlist.
> The UI is another area of difference, because I think one would want to
> see a queue displayed alongside the library as opposed to *switching*
> between the display of library and playlist sources. This is why I
> thought the "Source" area could double as the queue display, perhaps
> similar to multiple items are accommodated in the Mozilla sidebar.  The
> display would be truncated to just the Title.  I think this would be
> better than having Queue as just another source item.
> Gisli

If our primary focus was a queue based player I would agree with you. 
However we are currently more focused on Music Management than Queue
Management and for this an optional Queue Source makes much more sense.

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