With the release of 0.88.1, I now am figuring out how to use my Shuffle with
GTKPod. I've got a feeling I am missing some 'big picture' understanding of how
to use GTKPod-like software to manage my music that would probably be obvious to
anyone who was already familiar with iTunes and similar software. So far, the
only software I've used is Slimserver to power my Slim Devices Squeezebox
(www.slimdevices.com), so this probably explains my confusion.
Before I got my iPod Shuffle, had already ripped my CD collection to flac files,
for use with my Squeezebox; roughly 300 albums, or something in the range of
3000 songs, sitting on a Debian Linux box. I then converted the flac files to
mp3 for use on my shuffle, using a simple but well written bash shell script,
flac2mp3 by James A. Hillyerd (www.bytemonkey.org/files/flac2mp3/). So, I now
have about 15Gb of mp3 files that I would like to use on my 1Gb iPod Shuffle.
I know now how to add songs from my mp3 directories to the Shuffle; however, it
isn't particularly handy to be limited to loading mp3's straight from the
filesystem - I'd like to be able to browse through the entire music collection
in GTKPod when deciding what to listen to, which would show the id3 tag info. I
tried to create a playlist (offline) called "All", to which I added my entire
mp3 collection, but now when I run GTKPod it takes about 10-15 minutes to start
up at it reads through the playlist each time.
Is this just how it works? Or is there some better way to manage a music collection?