In my quest to manage my music collection seamlessly between media players, I've decided to use Last.Fm as my main database. Last.Fm provides ways to store:
- History of played tracks
- Playcount associated with played tracks
- Tags associated with tracks
Through their API (see mindmap), it is possible to have access to all this information (and much more).
My music collection is currently organized through Rhythmbox - it wasn't my first choice at the time I've moved from my Windows desktop to my Linux Ubuntu one but it has proven very useful. RB can be extended with Python scripts quite painlessly.
The plugin I have developed this time supports the following features:
- When a track is played, it downloads the corresponding information from the user's Last.Fm account and updates the following fields of the Rhythmbox database:
- Playcount: if the "last.fm playcount" associated with the track is greater than 0, the local playcount of RB is updated with it
- Rating: if the "last.fm love" field is set for the track, the local "rating" field of the track is set to 5.0 (5 stars)
With this functionality, it is easier to update a local Rhythmbox media player database with information stored on a user's account on Last.fm. The standard Last.Fm plugin of Rhythmbox must be enabled and configured correctly.
The project is far from being completed - I have many other features in the pipeline. Stay tuned!
There is a related project to this one: Rhythmbox - Last.Fm Desktop Client plugin.
Feedback is very welcome!
UPDATE: see here for details on the new release.