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    Well done and thanks for putting out a simple, clean front end that is expandable.

    Is this an open source project?
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Well done and thanks for putting out a simple, clean front end that is expandable.
    Thanks. I liked what Bobby did with AMP's look and feel as it had a decidedly Mac feel to it, but it had more stuff than I cared about in it. Getting around is also cumbersome at times (e.g. getting to the Desktop is 5 commands from listening to music with the track info window open).

    On the other hand, I know my usage in the car is different than others so I added what is hopefully a simple interface to expand it to fit their needs and desires too. Then it simply comes down to installing the plugins that you wish to use and ignoring the ones you don't.

    Is this an open source project?
    It will be. I developed it on the WWDC beta of 10.5 and XCode 3, so the project and NIB files aren't compatible with the versions of XCode on 10.4. Assuming i'm not swamped at the time, i'll open source it right about the time 10.5 is released.

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    It works on my G4 dual 1ghz.

    How do you pick particular artist?

    Also, I presume that the far lower right hand button that says "off" is the repeat button?
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
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    Really cool! I am currently working on a Mac Mini in my car, so I'd be glad to help making a good OS X frontend - as soon as Leopard is available.

    Is it planned to have the interface changeable as well, e.g. with a plugin? I'm from Germany and the local Apple distributors are currently having an "iPhone on Tour" and I got my hands on it last monday, so now I'm really excited about having a frontend with at least a similar interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    It works on my G4 dual 1ghz.
    Good to know. It ran great the last few days on our trip to the beach. I did find a couple bugs regarding having multiple iPods connected, but otherwise I didn't find any issues.

    For those that want to try to validate, I ran into these issues with a 8GB Nano and a 60GB Photo connected at the same time:

    1) When waking from sleep while playing the second (Photo) iPod, it would show the "no info" text and would start the current playlist over when I pressed play.

    2) After ejecting the Nano, it's playlists stayed in the list as available but did nothing when I tried to use them.

    If anyone else can reproduce this and give me more info, i'd appreciate it.

    How do you pick particular artist?
    Use iTunes
    Honestly that isn't something I do so I didn't bother. My wife does listen to music that way (and by album), so it is something I will put in my iTunes replacement but that is probably awhile off yet.

    Also, I presume that the far lower right hand button that says "off" is the repeat button?
    Yeap. It should cycle through "off", "all", and "one". That and the "(no) mix" buttons will make more sense once there are real graphics for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpwned View Post
    Is it planned to have the interface changeable as well, e.g. with a plugin? I'm from Germany and the local Apple distributors are currently having an "iPhone on Tour" and I got my hands on it last monday, so now I'm really excited about having a frontend with at least a similar interface.
    This is not something i'm currently planning. You could (assuming that you are familiar with IB) rework the NIB file yourself, but that still wouldn't give you an iPhone look and feel.

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    Encouragement

    I like what you have going here. I'd like to raise my hand in encouragement.

    Also, your app works on my Powerbook 1.67 Ghz G4 (OS X 10.4.10)

    I'll keep a close eye on your project.

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    is there a way to get an RSS feed of just this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skigil View Post
    is there a way to get an RSS feed of just this thread?
    Not that I know of, but if you go to the top of the page you can use "Subscribe to this thread" in the Thread Tools and set it up to notify you when posts are made.

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    that's surprising, as nerdy as this place is thanks for the tip.

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