Modern Music Management Experience: In Linux

With Sonance gaining much attention, and development gaining steady ground (though sometimes slow, due to trumping obligations that pay my bills), it is starting to unfold into a more modern environment for managing and playing music.

I am overjoyed with how well Jon Lech Johansen’s SharpMusique works. I purchased my first song through it today. Beautiful. There are plans to integrate it into Sonance for the ultimate music experience yet to be seen under Linux. I can’t wait until I can search for new music in iTms, purchase it, and have it appear shortly thereafter in my Sonance library. Yes, it is sick.

I made an SVN commit today that shows off some of the new functionality/widgets in Sonance, but I’m sure I’ve broken somethings, specifically adding tracks to a playlist. The next SVN commit will be more pleasing and feature complete. After a few more SVN commits, the next public release will be available.

One snag though, regarding which I am rather upset. It appears that you can’t drag-n-drop multiple selected rows in a Gtk.TreeView. This is upsetting because to add new songs to a playlist from the library, I wanted to be able to select them, and drag them onto a playlist in the sources TreeView. Apparently the problem is in GTK, not gtk-sharp. I read there is a hack for the problem in egg, so I’ll investigate that, and see what I can do. It’ll need to be wrapped, which is annoying. It seems like this should be supported in GTK itself. If I am misinformed, or if anyone has suggestions, I’d be glad to hear them!

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