Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] In the Mood plugin thoughts

Alex Bennee wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 6:20 AM, Neil Loknath <neil loknath gmail com> wrote:
>> I recently compiled and installed Charlotte Curtis' GSOC project form
>> last year: the In the Mood plugin, which can be found at
>> Congrats on a very cool project, Charlotte!  I have been using it
>> intensely since installing it, and I quite like the concept of it.  It
>> seems that intelligent playlists are quite popular right now (ie. iTunes
>> Genius feature).  And, I think the trend will continue.  With that being
>> said, I have some thoughts on expanding on Charlotte's work.  In fact, I
>> am hoping that Charlotte will chime in to this and join the discussion.
> I'm currently looking at the possibility of doing something similar
> but using the web API to generate potential matches (which is
> how I think Genius works on iTunes). It will be interesting to see how
> the two compare in performance.
> I have no code to at the moment as I'm just familiarising myself with
> writing Python plugins for Rhythmbox. However I shall post as soon as
> I have something worth sharing.

Please have a look at autoqueue[1] in that case: it's a plugin that
already does this, for a number of players, among which Rhythmbox. I've
also ported the mirage acoustic similarity plugin that Banshee has from
C# to python, so in fact, it can do both the lookup *and*
something very similar to Charlotte Curtis' plugin. (The different
similarities can be used together or separate, and weighted to taste.)

The rhythmbox plugin may not be 100% up to date with the latest changes,
I will check if I can bring it up to date after work tonight.

Of course developing your own can be a great experience too, so I'm not
saying you shouldn't, but I like collaborating where feasible. ;)

Re: Genius in iTunes: People I know who use iTunes seem to agree the
recommendations there are pretty shallow and silly sometimes. I think
the ones are better, and the acoustic similarity rocks even
more, since it gives equal time to completely unknown artists, and
completely disregards genres and other artifacts. (In a lot of
artists/tracks are similar because they are from the same country, but
share nothing else in common. Understandable because of the way they
gather their data, but acoustic analysis completely fixes this effect.)


- eric casteleijn

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