Auto DJ function proposal.
Sorry, originally posted this in the wrong forum... this is the right one.:)
My first post here, be easy on me
I put a suggestion in to the developers of this site... just wondering what everyone else thought about it. Yea or ne...
If you are familliar with Musicmatch Jukebox's "Auto DJ" function, then you don't have to read a lot of this post. If you aren't I will explain what it is below. I think a form of this should be integrated into ME. You might want to check out the free version of Musicmatch Jukebox's AutoDJ function. It is much easier to understand.
The Auto DJ function is a great little tool for creating playlists "on the fly" using the ID3 tags of mp3's. Say I am going to take a 40 minute drive somewhere, and I don't really know who I want to listen to, but I am in the mood for some country music. I would click the "Auto DJ" button. A box comes up asking how long you want the playlist to be. So, I would choose 40 minutes. Next, it will ask for criteria for the playlist. I can choose from: Artist, Album, Year or Genre. In this case, I will choose genre. Reading from the ID3 tags of my mp3's, a listing of every genre I have in my database will come up. I will then be able to check whatever genre I want. In this case, country. I then click "finish", and viola, a 40 minute playlist of nothing but country music. The program will randomly choose files that fit your criteria until the designated time limit is reached.
I'll give you another example... say you wanted to listen to only Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd songs for some reason. Well, you would load the AutoDJ up, choose your playlist length, choose "Artist", and then check "Led Zepplin" and "Pink Floyd". BAM! It's that easy.
You can also choose a second and third criteria for your playlist. So, if you wanted to listen to strictly Rock music from 1983, you could choose "Genre" as your first criteria, and "Year" as your second criteria. This is a very flexiable, functional way of doing things.
Have you ever heard a song come on the radio that you love, but had forgotten about? I love that feeling, and I am sure there are some mp3's in your database that you neglect to listen to for the mere reasoning of forgetfulness. With this method, these mp3's have a much greater chance of being played.
It is kind of like listening to the radio... only its a station where you can skip songs, and it only plays songs that you are in the mood for.
I think others on the forum would agree this is a great way of organizing things, so let me hear your opinons.
Auto DJ function proposal
Yeah, you can search for mp3's in ME, and now that I look at it, it does have ID3 tag support. Therefore, it isn't as bad as I previously though. You are able to choose the genre or artist you want and set it to random, yet I think my way would still be an improved way of doing things.
The first problem I see with ME's current method is that every time you load some songs up, it starts with the first track. There is no way, that I see, to randomize the first track, which would be a nice feature. My way also allows you to set a stricter criteria of what you want to hear. If I am in the mood for country music, but didn't feel like hearing Shania Twain that particular day, I would choose "Genre - Country" as my first criteria, and then "Artist - Select all" and then simply uncheck "Shania Twain". I know you can just go with the current method, and skip a song that you don't want to hear when one comes on... but I think it is much easier to filter it out in the first place.
As for me not having a "new" idea... the idea might not be new, but it does suggest improvements to the current method, making the software more flexiable. Take it or leave it, that is why it is a suggestion. Thanks for your response. Does anybody have any other thoughts?