|Welcome to ProMP3|
Here's a quick overview of what ProMP3 can do:
HistoryBack in the spring of 2000, I came across an article in The Perl Journal by Lincoln Stein about a new module he had written called Apache::MP3. It was my first exposure to just how easy making a streaming music server could be. I looked over the code, and modified it to fit better into my music collection. Life was good for a while... until I continued to rip my music collection. Around 300 CD's the system, now mere scraps of Apache::MP3 remained, couldn't keep up with the demand.
ProMP3 is bornI knew I had to do something different so I scrapped everything I had done around september of 2000. Around this time I just finished running ethernet through my house as well as installing a central stereo with speakers in every room. I wanted my digital music collection in whole-house mode.
I had been doing a lot of work in mod_perl and HTML::Mason, so I used that at first. I wrote an entire mp3 system in one weekend. I threw out the notion of streaming, I had no use for it. And ProMP3 was born. I set up the project in sourceforge, wrote up a lot nice things with some pictures, but I never released any code. It still was too slow and the install process was too complicated. After a break from it, I found the time and rewrote it once again. I Took out as many dependancies as I could (including HTML::Mason). I fixed everything that bothered me about the 4 previous versions. And now it's a standalone perl module only requiring a database. The install is still a bit rough, and that requires some other modules, but all in all it's good enough to be released.
For the final rewrite, I spent way too much time on the interface. From all of my previous versions I had learned a very important lesson. Screen space is precious. When listing hundreds, or thousands of items the screen real estate is priceless. Take a look at the screenshots and see what I mean.