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Old 10-26-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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Anyone up for Improving Lsongs?

I've been searching for a good linux equivalent to iTunes for some time now, and so far, the best thing I've found is Lsongs.

What I like about iTunes is the separate lists of Artists and Albums, and Lsongs is the only Linux program to implement this feature similar to iTunes.

The problem with Lsongs is that the main window does not show all the imformation I like to see about my files. It doesn't show bitrate, track number, for starters, and it DOES show a bunch of things I really don't care about, such as "My Rating," "Play Count," etc. Honestly, Linspire people, do you really think i care how many times i've listened to a given song?

So what I'd like to do is remove the unwanted columns and add the ones that are actually useful to me. I've been working on this for a day, but I don't know anything about python scripting so it's taking me a bit more time than I'd planned. I've been able to add the "track number" column and get the program to read track numbers from the mp3 files and display them, but I haven't been able to figure out where the code is to store that information in the Library xml file, nor have i been successful in changing the id3 tags of the files themselves.

Another thing I'd like Lsongs to do is to be able to change file names. It can change file locations, but not names. I haven't even begun to tackle that yet.

I think this is a useful change to the program, and If anyone has any suggestions, I'd sincerely appreciate them. If you're interested in getting a copy of my changes, let me know. This is really something that I'm doing for my personal benefit, but I think it's something that others might like to see as well, especially since it seems there hasn't been much development activity on Lsongs for a few months.

Old 10-26-2004, 06:24 PM   #2
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This is a follow-up to my first message. Today i was able to get the track to be displayed and saved in the Library xml file, but i cannot get the column to sort properly. Also, i have not been able to get the id3 info saved in the files themselves. It is possible that even Linspire did not implement this yet, so I may be out of luck there, unless I want to implement the entirety of that feature myself.



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