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Re: [Librefm-discuss] bootstrapping your libre-fm radio station in rhyth

From: John Utz
Subject: Re: [Librefm-discuss] bootstrapping your libre-fm radio station in rhythmbox
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:51:24 -0700

Thankyou so much for the thoughtful response!

I am not composing my email in an appropriate MUA so please bear with my response style.

Indeed, i was speaking of the general loved station as a seed for bootstrapping my playlist.

But really, perhaps an even better seed would be a default 'everything in inventory' playlist.

I am not surprised about the lack of tags for non-free stuff. It seems like there is a project to be had with that, ala' (or extending) cddb.

I figured out that the rhythmbox implementation was not under your direct control, it also has some significantly annoying bugs that i will probably have to dig into myself.

i usually skip rhythmbox and go straight to installing VLS, but i wanted to give it a go this time. I am glad i did, it works well enuf for my needs, but now i have more needs. :-)

And thank you so very, very much for creating that need!!! this is a marvelous source music on an open source recommendation engine.

I want to talk to my fellow bandmembers about getting out tracks on it, but i have to be sure that they dont have any conflicting ideas about licensing (ie: "Our music is worth BEELLIONS!"). I really doubt they would have a problem, but it's a question that needs asking.



On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 4:59 AM, Mike Sheldon <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi John,

On Thu, 2013-09-26 at 10:42 -0700, John Utz wrote:

> So i have logged in and it's asking me to create a radio station and
> all of those options dont have any data for me to choose from, they
> are blank.

> so i picked based on artist and typed in 'orbital'.

> no songs are showing up.

Our artist radio stations are dependant on the user supplied tags for
that artist (so we can determine which free artists have similar music),
unfortunately we don't have tag data for a lot of non-free artists at
the moment. You can help us with that by tagging your favourite artists
through the website, simply click the "Tag" link in the top right corner
of an artist's profile. e.g.

> i *like* what i am hearing by using the webplayer and picking 'loved'.
> but that isnt available to me in what i see in rhythmbox.

To listen to your own Loved station you can select either "Tracks Loved
by User: " and enter your username, or if you press the little plus next
to "" in the Rhythmbox sidebar there are a few default stations,
"My Library" acts exactly like your loved stations for

That'll just give you access to your personal loved tracks, if you meant
that you like listening to the community loved station on the webplayer
then unfortunately Rhythmbox doesn't support tuning to that; the
community loved station is something that only GNU FM offers, and
Rhythmbox tries to keep compatibility with as well in the same
plugin. Although I've just realised that we could create a fake group
station that offers this functionality through the group radio URIs,
I'll see about implementing that later today.

> what am i missing? is this an unmet need in the development todo list
> that needs some cycles to get implemented?

We don't actually have anything much to do with the support in
Rhythmbox, that's all handled by the Rhythmbox developers themselves, so
you might want to get in touch with them about specific improvements to
that side of things (although we're naturally happy to offer any help
from our side that's needed).


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