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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby icoco » Sat Jun 09 2018 13:32

Hi

I just installed & configured the LastFM plugin and made it runnning.
It 'scrobbles' the music that volumio plays. Ok.
My fresh LastFM is growing his list. Ok.

So what's the good of tha
t?
The Volumio UI does not display any feedback from the LastFM API : getSimilarTrack for example.
I was wondering that the plugin will suggest me some tracks to plays next.
By taking the recommendations that LastFM produces and making them match with the tracks available in Library...
Does it have this feature?

Do i miss something or does the plugin only scrobble with no more 'service' inside Volumio.
What's the good of that?

Thank you a lot to make it clear for me.
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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby Saiyato » Mon Jun 11 2018 21:09

Hi there,

I only use it for scrobbling, to keep track of my interests (and those of my girlfriend).
I can imagine you'd want more, so 'the good of that' is that this was the only feature I was using.

What kind of information from LastFM are you looking for? I see the similar tracks option, just thinking out loud here, should it show under browse?
And should it list tracks on Spotify, or in your library, or a mix of both when Spotify is enabled? I'm not sure it's possible to match the similar tracks... the current nodejs library I'm using doesn't support this.

UPDATE: I see the original nodejs library does have a getsimilarartists function, so getsimilartracks must be possible as well. The trick is to match those results with anything from the library... if there are results that can be matched.

I have no experience in the 'similar track'-world. How are you using that functionality yourself now?

At the time of writing and quite frankly still a bit, I will only be using the scrobble option for metrics on the LastFM website only. But I do understand some people are using the other functions of LastFM. ;)
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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby rawatts » Wed Jul 11 2018 09:01

Was there any work on this feature?

Anything I can do to help?

I would be very interested in having some form of suggestions feature.
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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby Saiyato » Wed Jul 11 2018 09:59

I'm not working on that right now, I've identified a nasty bug I need to solve first. So back to the drawing board ;)

What would help is identify the needs/wishes and their respective specifications.

For example:

Similar artists/tracks
Specifications:
- Artist must exist in the library
- Artist can exist in Spotify/Qobuz/Tidal?
- Results shown under browse music

Unclarities:
What is the expectation when the artist is shown?
Must it link to the library and show the albums and tracks, omitting everything not in the library?
Also... how would this work for Spotify/Qobuz/Tidal? Especially when you have multiple services installed and configured.
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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby icoco » Wed Jul 11 2018 16:37

Hi

Thank you for the work I did not start ie: read about how to contribute with plugin dev...

I guess that 'keep it simple' would be good :

GetSimilarArtist could list some names then when name is clicked, goes to Volumio's search embedded function
With this search function, there is no need to work on the scope (library, online services or so)
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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby Anglepen » Wed Jul 11 2018 19:01

I think the plugin does exactly what it needs too, scrobbling, I don’t need anything else.
Well, I need the bosses to authorise the last update so Radio Paradise will scrobble too. Been weeks now.
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Re: LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby rawatts » Thu Jul 12 2018 09:43

Agree with icoco in that the search functionality is quite good and I would expect a search based on a returned value for suggested artist would work quite well.

Suggested tracks could search just track name or artist and track name concatenated with a space.

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LASTFM - Some Questions

Postby Saiyato » Mon Oct 07 2019 21:20

Sorry for necro bumping, but just create this PR for the similar artists/tracks functionality.
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