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Er... you say you want it CLI only, but you want IceWM?
The best way to get any distro to boot CLI only is to not install X
Not too sure about the other stuff though. You could probably do some of that stuff (searching for new files, creating playlists) using scripts and whatnot. I'm sure there are command-line mp3 players too, if you look around.
How about, installing the latest distro, changing the default init value in /etc/inittab from 5 to 3. That should now boot to command line automatically. Another issue I think you might have is automatically logging in - don't know how to do that automatically.
Google for mpg123, it's a really good command line mp3 player.
As for automatically adding mp3 files, you could always make a really small script (after reading the docs on how to make a playlist for mpg123) in which you basically do an updatedb, then a locate *.mp3 and put the output into a text file in the format of the playlist for mpg123. Perhaps the bash scripting guide at the Linux Documentation Project to find out how to make a shell script.
Then start mpg123 with the playlist file you created.
Something like that anyway. Never done anything like what you want before, but that's what I'd start with if I wanted to.
don't know how you would auto login but, if you put the script in /etc/rc.local provided you distro uses it, it will auto run before you login. then if you need to do anything you can login. otherwise just let it play.
Ermm.... this is a mammoth project. You'll have to create custom scripts and specialize your OS (no matter what distro you choose). Given the difficulty of the project, I would expect the howtos to be rather difficult and technical, even for an expert. I would suggest becoming very intimate with a few good linux books or befriend a linux wizzard.
I prefer debian linux in most situations, however if you intend to use flash drives and other newer technology, I would suggest Red Hat or a Red Hat derivative. I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't RH support USB and flash drives out of the box?
You might also need to think about temperature. Down in texas it gets freakin hot, so storing a computer in the trunk of my car is absolutely out of the question.