Amarok – versatile and easy to use audio player
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TODO-list for Amarok
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SHORT-TERM (URGENT):
<sebr> When using "Copy files to collection" in the filebrowser, tags wont get recognised from
urls which are organised from media:/ locations.
<jeff> When playing a stream from e.g. Ampache, even if an Artist is detected, Wikipedia
will pull up "Artist - Song" instead of just Artist.
<sebr> PlaylistBrowser::slotDoubleClicked() and PlaylistBrowser::addSelectedToPlaylist()
should be merged for better code reusage. They are practically the same.
<markey> I just deleted a tag by accident: Clicked on a file in the playlist, pressed
delete to remove the track from the playlist. I had not noticed that it
went into edit mode, though. So I clicked somewhere else, and BAM, the new
empty tag was written. My tag was gone :S IMHO we should require confirmation
before writing, e.g. only write the tag after pressing enter.
<markey> When you start a lastfm stream, the old metadata from the last stream is
shown before the new stream starts. Doesn't look nice.
<shanachie> update podcast-tuples when the feed get's corrected after a mistake by the podcaster/publisher. eg. pubdate, url, title.
<sebr> We need to check for pkg-config when configuring, otherwise we can't check for things
like libgpod. Currently its a silent error, and its very difficult to debug without
trawling through configure.in.in
<sebr> Don't reload media device plugins when saving config settings. Its annoying, slow
and all around unnecessary. It also crashes if the device is connected/loaded.
<aumuell> Cannot reproduce anything of this with ipods - i think i fixed that already.
<markey> After doing "Delete downloaded podcast", the icon still indicates downloaded.
<sebr> LastFm:
- determine how hard it would be to tag songs
<eean> - display history in the playlist somehow <markey> I'm against this.
-subitems?
-just disabled?
- 'stop after current track' should work
<markey> - when you've never listenend to lastfm before, all stream links on the
website are disabled ("Download the player"). we need to do a handshake on
startup once, and then set a config item, e.g. handshaked=true.
<markey> xine-engine: when "xine could not init any audio driver" happens, always retry
with Autodetect. This seems to be an issue with leftover amarokrc's from 1.3.
<sebr> Adding an m3u with non existant items has filesize = 16,777,216.0 TB!
<sebr> Refactor code for PlaylistBrowser::removeSelectedItems(). I can see pathological cases
where it won't work.
<illiss.> Is using the score for the number, but the rating for the vis. in the context browser
confusing? (I think it is, but that might be becuase my theme doesn't use stars but a
partially-filled bar). If so it should be reverted for beta 1, I have a better solution
already planned but that won't be in time.
<illiss.> The various UI and behaviour refactorings for Dynamic Mode should be finished up and
polished. Among them, add a button to turn it off in the bar-above-the-playlist, fix
drag-and-dropping of dynamic playlists, and when loading a dynamic playlist, clear the
existing playlist first, instead of making it dynamic (which has all sorts of nasty side
effects).
<sebr> Podcast Fixme's:
* Have i listened to podcast streamed?
<illiss.> Loading normal (M3U) playlists from the playlist browser doesn't block the UI per se,
but it does nothing for really long time, until suddenly the whole playlist shows up,
which is strange and confusing.
<markey> Tooltips don't work for 3rd level items in the Playlist Browser. They do how
however work (for me) for 2nd level items. Very bad, cause you can't read the
text!
<sebr> When starting a drag in the collection browser, we can block the gui if the user makes a
selection which is sql intensive (eg, select all). Instead of calculating the items
in each of those nodes, we should add the sql to the drag and allow the playlist loader
to do the work for us (which is threaded).
<muesli> See SqlLoader class in playlistloader. We do the very same stuff for
Smart-Playlists already.
<sebr> The unknown album should ALWAYS be shown last. Year has a higher weighting than album
name. We should special case the Unknown album.
<markey> When all 5 browser tabs are activated, the current tab button is drawn a few
pixels below the normal position. This has the side effect that the separator line
at the bottom of the bottom becomes invisible.
You can see the problem easily when you hide the current browser by clicking twice
the button twice. This problem AFAIK also affects 1.3-branch.
<markey> Add DCOP functions for showing dialogs, similar to kdialog.
<sebr> More consistent playlistbrowser drag and drop actions; No dropping of default streams, set
e->accept( false ) if dropping one type onto another.
<sebr> Use TDEIO queues for podcast download queues. Should simplify the lot. Problems atm included
selecting multiple downloads individually, and automatic downloads occuring for more that one
podcast item.
<markey> In EngineController::play(), add a sanity check when querying the track length
from the engine. Apparently AAC can deliver ridiculous values with GST and Helix,
like 1192479:38:49. If length is too extreme, default to the TagLib provided
value.
<eean> Currently custom dynamic playlist selection is simply based on the titles. So its less then
ideal. Via some method, each playlist should be assigned iteratively a number paired with its
type.. Dynamic playlists and static playlists should probably have seperate numbering so
that the "next" number can be determined by looking at one XML file.
Remembering which PartyEntry was used on close should be remembered with the same method.
<eean> Smart playlists bypass checks on whether the media is playable or not.
Or perhaps such media shouldn't be in the collection at all? This is the sort of
thing we're going to have to worry about now that we have m4a and wma tag support.
<markey> Consider moving the GHNS provider list to a different server than amarok.kde.org,
possibly download.kde.org or similar. (When our site is down, the GHNS feature fails
to work entirely)
<markey> Amarok fails to download any stream playlist from http://dir.xiph.org. Part of the problem is
PlaylistLoader::isPlaylistFile(const KURL&), which only looks at the filename's extension. This
fails for URLs like http://dir.xiph.org/listen.php?pid=669641&file=listen.m3u, because the filename
is "listen.php". So it must look at the whole url instead.
<mxcl> On first-ever-run, if Amarok crashes building the sqlite collection, it is impossible to _ever_
build a collection unless the user's amarokrc file is deleted! This MUST be fixed before 1.2!
::muesli:: We could just _always_ try to create the sql tables on startup. This would fail on
::muesli:: systems which already got the tables, but would fix the situation where tables are
::muesli:: missing, as in this situation. Just pump the debug of these calls to /dev/null.
<mxcl> Just before we load any engine plugin, write to a file, and it we don't succeed the next time
Amarok starts show a big warning saying "Gah!" and load a different one.
<mxcl> If you inline set the title tag to "", prettyTitle gets inserted as the title tag.
<markey> When the KDE color scheme is changed while Amarok is running, all toolbar buttons (those with text)
lose their texts.
<shakes> The scrobbler code should report some sort of error message rather than just saying that the
submit failed. That way when last.fm goes down we wouldn't get so many people asking why they
can't submit. It'd also be nice to be able to tell people they've got their password wrong.
<jefferai> When hovering the mouse over the Repeat/Random icons in the bottom taskbar, the popups that appear
not only have inconsistent icons with the ones shown in the taskbar, but they're pixellated and ugly
as sin. Should probably be redone as SVGs.
<jefferai> Xine proxy value is not saved across sessions. Problem exists in Xine-UI as well, at least for me.
Maybe an upstream bug and nothing we can fix.
MID-TERM:
<eean> Implement a "Find My Music" button in the first-run wizard. Just a basic
thing that will look at file extensions and try to figure out where the users
music is located. Ignore /opt/, /usr etc. to avoid adding sound effects. Prompt
user with the directories at the end of the scan, allowing them to exclude some.
<eean> The FileBrowser doesn't check for recursive symlinks. This is a KDirOperator (or the
classes it depends on) problem.
<eean> Basically need to re-add some of the functionality I removed in re-doing dynamic
--><eean> custom playlist creation.
1) the default dynamic playlists need to be more insistent, the same way the
the default smart playlists are.
<eean> Implement leinir's mockup:
www.leinir.dk/temp/gallery/?image=pictures/amarok-playlist-bar-dynamic-mode.png
<leinir> The idea with the look of the top is, as you can probably see from the colours
otherwise present, that it's the active window titlebar/colour/font, with the name of the
playlist being un-bolded (if the window title is bold)...
<leinir> eean: Some people will identify the active window by titlebar colour alone :)
<mp8> Album covers as icons from filebrowser.
<eean> When the player window shades, it should lose its title bar and be replaced with something more
compactish. This would probably have to be created manually.
<sebr> Make the player window scroll the text in the opposite direction if using right-2-left text
(eg hebrew or arabic)
<sebr> Use Metabar's box retraction animation to the context browser. More iCandy. Any Javascript experts around?
<mxcl> Should be able to open collection browser by right clicking on stuff in contextB, so show the
artist or album that is right clicked.
<markey> AudioCD support for gst engine (cdparanoia ! *sink). -->markey
<markey> We should cut down on unnecessary/redundant debug output/warnings (noise).
<mxcl> Perhaps a nice idea: when you drag playlistItems to a branch in the collection browser
it prompts to change the track's tags, so drag a track to the "moolaaa" album and that
track get's it's album tag changed to "moolaaa" and is inserted into the branch, so the user
know's what has happened.
<mxcl> User asked for a CTRL-J itty-bitty dialog that allows you to jump to a specific part
of a track. I'll see if I can do it with tiny amount of code -->mxcl
<muesli> Don't rely on KDE timeouts to see whether a file is accessible or not,
since this really sucks for disconnected network shares. XMMS handles
this way better and it really is a problem in userland. maybe a thread
helps, which simply tries to fopen() the file. if this task hasn't been
finished in (let's say) 3 seconds, jump to the next song. XMMS even
remembers such files and their folders, so that it's not going to open
another file from that folder for the next few minutes. what about hdd
sleep-timeouts? opinions?
<mxcl> Determine some behavior for the clear/shuffle/etc. buttons when a search is in action
clear -> only clear the stuff that was searched for?
shuffle -> stop the search and do normal shuffle?
ADDitionally what to do when user rearranges a set of items that are the search result?
<larson> No big deal to me as long as the behaviour is consistent. I.e. if shuffle shuffles
the search, then clear should clear the search only, and visa versa.
<larson> Make playlist toolbar buttons toggle like the playerwidget buttons.
Toolbar button in FileBrowser for switching recursive directory reading.
<mxcl> Can't resize newly displayed columns if they are hidden at beginning of session -->mxcl
<muesli> Add an option "clean up playlist on startup".
<mxcl> Do you mean remove duplicates or dead entries etc. ? Cool.
<mxcl> Option: don't crossfade for sequential tracks on same album. Comments? -->mxcl
Of course, there would still be the up to 150ms gap, but we can fix that some other time..
<markey> Please clarify: is this the same as BR #75388 ?
<mxcl> No, this is just to make crossfading not ruin album transitions
Add dirs to combo history when user adds a track from that dir to the playlist.
"Show playlist" to the right click menu, redundant but necessary.
More KTips, better KTips, somehow use the "Did you know" tip dialog (eg kmail, gideon, etc.) -->mxcl
Option to automatically adjust column widths.
Option to implicitly sort playlist by { track, album } (on drop only) -->mxcl
<berkus> Playmode indication button in main widget (repeat track/pl/shuffle), clickable.
LONG-TERM:
<sebr> Support multiple collections. This could be really powerful, and could be handled
with the collection browser. We could support non-local collections, audio cd/dvds,
NFS/Samba etc. This would also allow us to retrieve tracks from other networked pcs.
Auto-polling of added collections for a 'hot-sync' style detection of collections.
<markey> Use more accurate interpolation for analyzers (cubic or spline)
Tabbed playlists.
Pro: it's convenient to have several playlists
Contra: the playlist is getting cluttered enough as it is!
<illissius> I already added a comment wrt this to the b.k.o bug, but here's the idea:
switch between playlists with the playlist browser -- that's what it's there for.
This avoids the clutter. The way it'd work is the currently playing playlist would
have the same fancy fading thing the current track has. The context menu for playlists
would have two seperate items, one for showing and one for playing. When just showing,
the previous playlist would continue playing while you view/edit the other one.
(If you doubleclick a song in the new playlist, it would naturally start playing that
one instead). What to do when the user doubleclicks a playlist -- show, play, or both
-- is TBD.
Make windows magnetic / sticking together (difficult).
<mxcl> Implement beat detection (thread?), interface should glow/move to
the beat, visualisations have access to beat/bpm info.
Audio system info widget, showing all available codecs and similar info.
Resizable playerwidget, like in Winamp3.
IDEAS:
Bookmarks inside of tracks (good for very long tracks), and nifty bookmark browser
Using filelight (as a kpart maybe) for a graphical representation of the playlist. so
you could see at first glance how the altogether playing time is divided into different
albums, tunes and so on.
DO-NOT-IMPLEMENT (stuff that was rejected):
<markey> Allow removing of playlist items by dragging back into browser.
<larson> I think this is really weird. When I drag something I expect that someting to be
ADDed or opened in the target. Not removed from the sender.
(RFC: is this still appropriate or would it be misleading?)
<muesli> imho, it's misleading and not hid-compatible. i would rather
expect that file to be copied to the browser's current directory.
"Hide playlist when main widget is not active" option (?? comments please: )
<berkus> Noo, we have it hiding into tray, thats enough (imagine how much flashing will be
if i drag mouse around with "focus follows mouse" on - this is the one i use all the time)
<mxcl> Hence it's an option, you'd not use it with focus follows mouse. But it was just an idea
anyway.. dunno if I like the sound of it anymore either.
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