i think you have found a way to hack magnatune and download the tunes for free.
Well yes, but I don't think Magnatune are trying at all to hide this. The fact is that any music you can play on your computer you can download and save to a file on your computer. It is usually trivial to do even if the website doesn't have a 'download' button. All this crap about digital restrictions management and trusted computing that people like Apple and Microsoft are promoting is just a doomed attempt to stop people. Since Magnatune is against that sort of thing, it doesn't employ any, and instead uses trust. I think we should do the same.
We already allow our music to be played through Forest Radio and I'm sure it is a very easy hack to download it all through Forest Radio too.
So, we have already made those artists music available to the unscrupulous for free.
It is worth having a discussion with the artists about it though.
The thing am most concerned about is database , it would be a lot of work to make one by hand
I don't think it would be difficult to write a Python script to generate the XML file. (It's not a database, it's just a text file.) Assuming we have the info -- artist, album and track names -- stored somehow at the moment, such as in file and folder names or in mp3 tags, then a script to generate the XML file would be easy.
Am assuming the format is the same as rhythmbox makes its self of your music when it scans your harddrive.
Good thought, it may well be. In which case we could just get rhythmbox to generate the XML file for us.
i think the sercet is making it easy to maintain .
I'm thinking of a folder on our network that you drag mp3 files to. And a Python script that runs every hour or so and regenerates the XML file from the music files that are in the network folder.
it would be nice if we could get on as many platforms as possible . but seems as if linux is the only giving us the opportunity to do so.
The fact that Rhythmbox is open source, made to be as easy to hack as possible, and has an open community of developers ready to help out, is really handing us this opportunity. If you tried to do this with iTunes or Windows Media Player they may well try to put you in prison. In any case, they certainly aren't helpful about it.
I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!