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Will168
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Create dynamic playlist grouped by category

I've looked around the forum, but couldn't find a request to creating a playlist that would automatically add and/or sort new episodes based on category then date (sorry if I missed a post). The use case for this is to have a single playlist that would prioritize user defined timely feeds (such as news, daily tech shows, etc.) and add those new episodes towards the top, ahead of other content.

The current default playlist of feed/date order is along this direction, if only I could group feeds together. Another way to accomplish this I guess would be to allow feeds to share priorities.

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Dynamic Playlist

You can create a dynamic playlist now for audio feeds (http://www.doggcatcher.com/node/1755), swipe or press the audio tab, press the playlist selector button on the header (Top left of the screen)dialog box will open, select create dynamic playlist, name your list,grouped/not grouped by feed, then select the play order & select category of the feed, press save. (You have the option to not include virtual feeds)
Create categories in the DC Menu & on the feeds screen, long press on a particular feed to assign categories.

Will168
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Thanks for the quick reply

Thanks for the quick reply Wayne! I've created dynamic playlists, but I don't see how to order/group based on category. Maybe there is a different way to achieve what I want and I'm just not seeing it.

To give an example, let's say I have six feeds:
* the first two feeds in the list are categorized "news"
* the next three feeds are categorized "general interest"
* the last feed is categorized "educational"
Ideally, I could create a playlist that will automatically put new "news" episodes at the top of the playlist (ordered by date, oldest to newest) and then new "general interest" episodes after the last "news" episode (again, ordered by date, oldest to newest) and finally append "educational" episodes to the end of the playlist (also ordered by date, oldest to newest).

The default feed/date playlist sort of does this, but is too granular. I would prefer not to have to listen to all of one specific feed before getting to the next one (I want to listen to all of my news feeds in chronological order before my general interest feeds, before my educational feeds).

Another way to achieve the same result would be to allow multiple feeds to have the same priority/order. That way, in the above example, my first two "news" feeds could be priority 1, my next three "general interest" feeds could be priority 2, and my last "education" feed could be priority 3. Then the default feed/date playlist would work.

Does this make sense?

WayneC
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Play Order

You're welcome. On DC's feeds screen, you could move the news feeds to the top,then general interest feeds & last educational feeds by long pressing on each feed & press "Move up/down" then press on the position/order you would like. then select the default system playlist All - sorted by feed/date. Playback order of playlists is determined by the order that the feeds were added or moved on DC's feeds screen.

eric
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What Wayne describes is the

What Wayne describes is the only way you can do this now, however I think it's a very good idea to be able to group the playlist by category.

I created an issue for this - http://mantis.snoggdoggler.com/view.php?id=1667

Thanks for the feedback.

Will168
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Thanks

Thanks Eric!

Will168
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OK, I understood this, but

OK, I understood this, but then aren't I forced to listen to all of feed three (for example) before hearing any of feed four? Ideally I would listen to all of the "news" feeds in chronological order and then all of the "general interest" feeds, etc. I believe that the method you recommended would have me listen to all of feed one, and then all of feed two. Sorry I'm not doing a good job of communicating this.

This would be a possible playlist (each line being a different episode) using the information in the previous example:
category || feed || age
'news' || 1 || 2 day
'news' || 2 || 1 day
'gen int'|| 5 || 2 wks
'gen int'|| 3 || 1 wk
'gen int'|| 4 || 3 day
'gen int'|| 5 || 1 day
'edu' || 6 || 1 day

eric
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You're right, that wouldn't

You're right, that wouldn't work for you.

I think what you're asking for is for the playlist to be grouped by category, then date, and to ignore the feed completely. The feed doesn't seem to factor into the grouping all at right?

Will168
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That's correct, I added this

That's correct, I added this response before seeing your reply to my previous post. I think we are on the same page - thanks for adding the feature to your roadmap!

JulianD
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Me too!

This is exactly what I've been trying to do too! Eric got it exactly in his last post, a dynamic audio playlist sorted by Category and then Date (ignoring Feed). I guess all un-categorised episodes will come at the end, again sorted by date.

I hope this can creep up the roadmap .... ;)

Many thanks for a great app and excellent support!
Julian.

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Small bug (feature?)

One small issue I've noticed. When a feed is added to a category the existing episodes within that feed are not assigned to that category until the feed is refreshed. The workaround of doing a refresh is quite easy, so this should be considered a low priority.

I love the fact that you publish the roadmap, makes your users feel much more part of the project.
Regards,
Julian.