[cc-devel] iTunes DJ program development

Brandon Keim brandon at earthlab.net
Fri Mar 16 22:16:48 EDT 2007

Dear Developers,

My apologies if I'm using this list incorrectly, but I've been  
bouncing around an
idea for an iTunes plugin and -- lacking the ability to actually  
write it -- and hoped I could find people interested in developing it.

The idea originates in the limited capabilities of iTunes to act as a  
DJ.  One can make playlists or play within genres, but these are  
static.  The shuffle feature is good to a point, but random isn't  
always desired.  Nothing exists for someone who wants a hands-off  
program that selects tunes with continuity.

I imagine a program that lets users assign numerical values -- 0 to  
9, say -- to songs according to a set of categories.  These could be  
user-defined; I think of them as earth, wind, fire, water and  
silicon.  (At the moment, for example, I'm listening to "Pagina Seis"  
from Prefuse 73 Reads The Books; I'd give it an earth of 7, wind of  
3, fire of 4, water of 2, and silicon of 5.  The combined score is 21).

The program would then match each following song according to the  
categories.  The next song would have a similar combined score, but  
perhaps a little more fire and less silicon.  Et cetera.

The user could specify starting and end points, and points in  
between: for example, a set could go from high-air to high-fire to  
high-water music, with the combined score starting low and gradually  
ending high, or varying only slightly from song to song.  In short,  
it'd be an automated DJ.

If this sounds interesting, send me an email.  I'm not a programmer,  
but would be happy to connect people interested in working on it, and  
provide any feedback I could during development.


Brandon Keim

brandon at earthlab.net

p.s.  The iTunes DJ idea described above is licensed under a Creative  
Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

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