View Poll Results: How Do You Like To Browse Your Media Files?

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  • BY FILE & DIRECTORY STRUCTURE

    21 26.58%
  • BY ID3 / METADATA (eg. Media Library / iTunes)

    25 31.65%
  • I LIKE BOTH, AND REALY USE BOTH

    33 41.77%
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Thread: Browse by File or by ID3?

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    FLAC sama's Avatar
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    this is all great info. thanks guys.

    I'm still setting the requirements of this project. I'm going to be putting heavy emphasis on very driver-oriented playback and manipulation controls. Most media players do exactly what they say on the tin, but I think drivers require more than that. It would be nice to play a song, be able to manipulate it there and then, and all through the fewest amount of interaction with high clarity.

    Sounds very abstract, but those are the directives. You'll have to wait some time for some concrete examples!

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    i'd say browse by file because, errr my id3 tags need to be edited....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sama
    You'll have to wait some time for some concrete examples!
    .. is it "some time" yet?

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    bit more

    design's there, as is the framework. I'm learning flash at the moment and writing some proof of concepts for a few things.

    sit tight

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    yeah generally i do it by file name but sometimes i have multiple folders and don't feel like searching
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    Hmm, not sure which to vote. Some comments, however:

    - I generally like the idea of searching by file, since I sort it already. This might have the added benefit of being faster, particularly if there is a large body of music to sort through
    - Searching by ID3 seems more elegant. The carpc appears more purpose built and less like a computer shoehorned into a car.
    - How about also searching by playlists for the ID3? One of the reasons why I use 'search by file' style is that I have a directory just of playlists. A single track can appear in multiple playlists as the lists are selected to fit a mood at the time of driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psyrex
    How about also searching by playlists for the ID3? One of the reasons why I use 'search by file' style is that I have a directory just of playlists. A single track can appear in multiple playlists as the lists are selected to fit a mood at the time of driving.
    so you you serach for a song, you want to know which playlists contain it?

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    This is a great poll but option 3 really screws it up. If you can have both why not? Even if you don't use it you would still have it there. But I have alot of music and I find it easy searching filetree. But it is great if I am searching for something specific to use ID3. But if I had to pick one I would say filetree just because all my files are arranged properly and have the folder.jpg which gives it proper album art when viewed in thumbnail. If I could only rightclick on the album in explorer and have the option to play all files or something similar. But thats just my rambling $0.02.
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    thanks for that Hooah

    I thought about having either or, but people truely do use both! I do to be honest. in RR, I do it via file. at home, I do it via id3. This is all input to a front end I'm writing so I will be coding both!

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    Howdy.

    I vote for option 2. Tags are there to make life easier.

    Hopefully not too off topic but I like to make random playlists based on year and /or genre too. There’s nothing like a nostalgic dip into 1990 or similar. (I passed my test that year )

    Even further ot - if I had any reasonable flash skills I'd like to make a cover art based view where if you touched the cover it would enlarge and allow you to select songs. Now that would be really neat. Perhaps you could sub group large collections by genre or year etc.
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