summer hack

I have wrote a Rhythmbox plugin for playing mp3 streams from goear.com. It searchs, requests several pages on demand, fill the metadata when the stream begins and sorts the search results.

What is missing is the capability to make playlists with selected streams.

You can find the patch in Rhythmbox’s bugzilla. Just patch the code, add the goear.png in the puglins/goear directory, build et voila. The patch was done with the current subversion HEAD, but also is applied cleanly in the Hardy Ubuntu’s source package.

By the way, you can find a Hardy Ubuntu package for 32bits with the patch here (the metadata filling doesn’t work here :()

2 thoughts on “summer hack”

  1. After a few hours using the plugin I have some comments that can improve the user’s experience.

    When the search begins there are not signal that shows the user that it is really doing the job. I introduced in the search-box: “the all american rejects” and I didn’t get any result. My next search was “the All-American Rejects” and now I got results. But I had to imagine the whole thing. I didn’t know if in my first try the plugin didn’t work or the search is caps-sensitive (thing that I realized with my second try).

    If you include some feedback about what is happening: “searching…”, “loading…”, “can’t find results, it’s caps-sensitive”

    Yes, I noticed the tiny indicator about the number of songs at the left-bottom corner but the average user needs a clearer feedback about what’s happening 😀

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    If you include some feedback about what is happening: “searching…”, “loading…”, “can’t find results, it’s caps-sensitive” the users will be happy

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