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    Music Synching with M3U/iTunes playlist

    god_of_cpu,

    How feasible would it be to develop a plug in that allowed you to synch with a playlist rather than a directory? I know I have tons of mp3s (read: 150GB+) all organized by iTunes, and if I could make a smart playlist or playlist that I could update regularly and then allow Street Deck to only synch with those files, that would be much easier. It would eliminate having to copy ALL of the data I want or messing with iTunes' organization of the folders.

    What are your thoughts? It would just require simple text parsing for the filename/location and copying the files.

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    There are functions for adding and removing files from the media database exposed in the SDK so it should be possible to make an indexer based on something other then an import directory, however, the first version of the SDK won't be very good for multithread operations like indexing.

    The way I would suggest to do it now is since StreetDeck just uses the Windows Media Player database, is if you just write an external application that runs on its own when you start up StreetDeck to access media player and add files on its own, they *should* show up in StreetDeck since they both use the same database. In other words, if you just write an indexer for Windows Media Player 10, it will be an indexer for StreetDeck.

    Files do NOT have to be in the _indexed folder to work in StreetDeck and they will only be moved there if they are indexed by the automatic indexer which only runs on files in the unindexed media path.

    I haven't tested using media player concurrently exactly like this, but I have done other things like it and have a strong feeling it should work just fine.

    I just made another thread explaining how you can automatically run files, such as your indexer, automatically everytime StreetDeck starts:
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    Will the SDK have easy ways to open connections over WiFi, so you can read the playlist over the network, parse, then add to WMP database?

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    Currently, the only SDK functions are for downloading a file over an established network connection, but the functionality you describe is something that has been thought about and will make it in some day. You can always load a COM object in the VB Script though to do it. Theres probably a WMI object that would let you do things like that pretty easily.
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