CG wrote:Maxlover, that's a great idea. My thought was similar to yours, but would use a separate window. Same general concept though.
Here's the problem I see: Just where do you stop?
I certainly don't want a swiss knife application, à la iTunes, that can rip, convert, organize the files on disk, get, correct and save metadata, and so on. I want an application that simply plays the music that I have carefully ripped, tagged and organized on disk.
CG wrote:Decibel was conceived as a high fidelity playback application. That implied simple.
Revealing my age, I remember a time when the only game was vinyl. There were high quality turntables that were indeed mechanically simple, but quite inconvenient to use. In this digital age, I do expect some convenience, and I do believe that convenience can be provided without sacrificying quality.
Navigating the file system to select music is, IMHO, not very convenient. If I want to listen to four versions of a given passage - I'm speaking about classical music, in order to compare the interpretations, navigating the file sytem four times even becomes quite irritating. Typing the title in a search box to instantly find them is the kind of service I feel entitled to expect from a computer.
CG wrote:How would that affect the playback audio quality? Again, I don't know.
As long as the bits are kept honest, and the buffers refilled in time, everything should be smooth, even if this is easier to say than to program correctly. If one wants to be purer than pure, and given the impact on audio quality, one could also argue that Decibel should refuse to decode any compressed format (BTW, nice article here http://www.stereophile.com/features/308mp3cd/index.html
CG wrote:Why wouldn't somebody stick with iTunes or Songbird for all the features? Or even Play for that matter?
All my music is encoded in FLAC+(external)CUE. So iTunes is out, which is nice, since I avoid being exposed to the temptations of a store. Songbird does not handle CUE (at least it did not the last time I looked at it). Play is rather good, and is an almost perfect match with my expectations, modulo the capability to disable the Play Queue when not needed. Unfortunately, it did not get much attention from its developper recently. I guess he must be working on something else.