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README

Ruffle Plugin

This is a plugin for Muine to automatically generate playlists based
what on what you've recently been listening to. For those times when
you want a bit of randomness in your life.

Ruffle works by finding songs that are similar to what you're
currently listening to. You can choose to have songs from the same
artist, from the same genre as well as a more random selection. Ruffle
also can retrieve similar artists using the Audioscrobbler 'explore
artists' service, just like the amaroK player.

Ruffle doesn't have an extended search screen like iTunes' Smart
Playlists. If you want to listen to rock music, put a few rock tunes
in your playlist and put Ruffle to work.

Ruffle also keeps track of your listening habits. You can see what
your favourite songs/artists/album currently are in the Charts screen.

Installation:

This plugin requires Muine 0.8.3 and sqlite version 2 (Mono doesn't
support v3 yet).

Compile and install the plugin by typing make then make install. This
puts the plugin into the local plugin directory
(~/.gnome2/muine/plugins).

Now, when you start playing songs in Muine, the Ruffle plugin will
store them in its database. Of course, this way Ruffle won't know
about a song until you play it. If you want to import your entire
Muine library into Ruffle, open the Ruffle window and click the
"Preferences" tab. Click the "Synchronise" button. This will take a
minute or two, but you can start using Muine while it's whirring away.

Click the "Read Tags" button to load in metadata from your files. At
the moment this just loads in the Genre tag.

Upgrading? The database schema has changed again with 0.3b2. But I've
done away with setup and conversion scripts, so from now on all
upgrades should be invisible and seamless. But for now you still have
to run the convert-to-0.3.sh script to preserve your data. Please
email me if you have any problems with that script.  Using Ruffle:

The plugin a 'Ruffle...' entry to the File menu. This opens a window
with a number of tabs:

    * Playlists The playlist generation screen.
    * Top 100 Have a look at your favourite songs on the charts screen.
    * History Type in the name of a band to see when you listened to
      it in the past
    * Preferences Check 'Keep playlist filled' if you want Ruffle to
      keep adding songs to the playlist automatically

To create a playlist, first put a few songs in your playlist as a
guide to what you'd like to listen to. If the playlist is empty,
Ruffle looks at the past few songs you listened to.

Go to Ruffle... then Playlists.

Ruffle draws on different sources when making playlists. Which sources
are best depends on the kind of playlist you want. For example, a
playlist made up of just songs by the same artist won't be very
diverse, so you might want to add a few randomly chosen songs into the
mix.

Activate or deactivate a source by clicking on the checkbox. Use the
sliding bars mix in more or fewer songs from each source.

Adjust the 'variety' slider. You can choose between a playlist made up
of songs that you've been listening to a lot recently, or songs that
haven't been as popular.

Specify how many songs you want in the playlist.

Press "Create Playlist".

A list of the songs will appear in the Preview pane. Now press Queue
or Play to set them going. If you want to have the scheduler keep
adding songs to the playlist as you listen to them, check that box.

Problems?

Ruffle keeps a log in ~/.gnome2/muine/ruffle-log.txt. You can show
debugging messages in the terminal by setting the environment variable
RUFFLE_DEBUG=[debug-level], where [debug=level] = 0, 1 or 2, with 0
being the most verbose.

Please email me (mrm21 sussex ac uk) if you have any problems or suggestions!
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