Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] adding MTP device support

On Mon, 2006-05-22 at 16:50 -0500, Steve Fox wrote:
> Now that libgphoto2 has support for MTP devices I would like to add
> support to Rhythmbox similar to the iPod support. Has anyone started on
> such a project? Can the core developers give me an idea on how you'd
> like to see it done? I assume it'd be a plugin since the iPod support
> looks that way. 

I haven't heard anything about adding support for MTP devices (in fact
I'm not even sure what one is). Adding support for them should be done
in a similar way to how iPod support is done.

There are a couple of questions whose answers affect exactly how you set
some of it up:

*  can tracks on the device be accessed with gnome-vfs? (if it's
mass-storage and mountable, then yes)

* does libgphoto have a "device detected" signal or do you want RB to
tell you about all the devices and decide whether you support them?

> Also, I noticed that file transfer to audio devices is currently marked
> experimental. That's really the end goal for me so that I don't have to
> use the gphoto2 command line app to transfer files. Is this being
> actively worked on? Is there a rough estimate for when file transfer
> will be considered stable?

Transfer and ripping have been working perfectly for me, and I'm told
that transcoding works okay. Known issues:

* The UI needs work, as there is currently no way of cancelling a
* We probably need some minor API changes for transcoding

Also, the full-ipod-support patch has an "ipod manager" object which
deals with the details of synchronisation and the like. It would be good
if we can turn this into a generic one, so that each player doesn't have
to implement it again.


James "Doc" Livingston
"Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."
    -- Hamilcar Barca

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