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madman administrates digitial music archives nicely: madman is a powerful digital music cataloging tool that is capable of flexible querying, tagging and organizing huge amounts of digital music. If you would like to learn more about it, go to the about section. Of course, everybody loves screenshots. madman has a mailing list--if you like spam, go there. There also ought to be some news items on madman below this, if not, click news.
So after madman is currently orphaned in Debian and might get kicked out of the archive along with xmms kicking the bucket, I just noticed that one of my newer pieces of code made it into Debian: tagpy! :) That's awesome.
To everybody who is holding their breath waiting for a madman update: I still use madman for my own music managing needs, as it still (surprise) is exactly what I want in a music manager. But I simply don't have enough time for serious maintenance. I might switch it to audacious in the near future to keep it working for me, but I'm not promising extensive new features...
Daniel Roethlisberger wrote in to note that madman is now in the FreeBSD ports collection, which should make it a lot easier for you BSD'ers out there to try madman. A corresponding note has also been added to the download page.
Thanks to Scott Wheeler's tireless work on Taglib, madman (the development version in Arch, really) now has support for Musepack (or "MPC") files. This was half-way to being added once before, but support in Taglib makes this a no-brainer. Seems like tag writing in Taglib is still not 100%, but I assume it'll get there. I hope you're happy. :)
To celebrate this, I also fixed Arch downloads. If you got complaints about 2004 last time you tried to get something from Arch, try again.
Ben Montgomery made some Debian packages of a recent development version of madman. Try them out, and bother Ben or the list if you have trouble. Yes, I do agree that this is a strong sign that I should release 0.94 ASAP. It's coming, don't worry. ;)
Update: Ben just told me that he doesn't have time to keep up with development any more, so he's retired his packages. Any volunteers to take his place?
Apparently, Trolltech made some incompatible change to QTable's code, and by "virtue" of this change, in-line retagging doesn't work for me any more. I'll endeavor to have this fixed soon, but I'll be out to the US for about a week and a half at the end of March, so I suppose it'll be a while. Hang in there...
Update: The problem appears to have vanished. So, I assume it was a temporarily broken Debian package. Or a fluke in the transjector matrix. Or whatever. :)
I just committed a first cut of the much-requested "AutoDJ from Source" functionality. I'd appreciate feedback on how well it does for everybody. 0.94 is well on the way, but as you may have seen from my journal, my life has sped up rather than slowed down since I finished. However, I'm fighting to actually spend some time on madman maintenance. Wish me luck. :)
madman's home page now semi-automatically draws its news from the madman category of my journal. I hope that this will encourage me to update madman's news more frequently by making the process more convenient than writing PHP source code. (ugh) As an added benefit, you may comment on the news by clicking on the title links. Why not try that out right now? :P You may even syndicate the madman feed on your home page.
In other news, I've finished my degree and will hopefully have more time for madman for some time to come. Especially, the 0.94 release has been burning under my fingernails for quite some time. But there are still quite a number of bugs to catch. As always, it'll be released when it's done... :)