I’ve installed Volumio on a Pi B, and for the moment I’m using the line out (I have a DAC en route from China).
But I think I might be missing something fundamental about these headless media players (I found the same thing when I tried Rune Audio).
The support for Playlists seems a bit weird - or lacking, perhaps. Is this correct?
My setup is probably the most common one. I’ve ripped my CD collection to a NAS drive and over the years I created playlists that I store on this NAS drive in a specific folder. So imagine the folder structure on the root of the NAS share looks something like:
- Folder containing all playlists
- Folder for Artist A albums
- Folder for Artist B albums
I use VLC Player and a PC to open a playlist, or add multiple playlists to the VLC playlist. It’s really quick and easy, but of course it’s limited to using a PC, which is expensive (even though I now have a cheap WinTel Pro box as my PC - it still needs a monitor which is clunky).
A headless server seems like the perfect alternative, as long as it supports playlists.
What I would like to do is use the Library view on Volumio to navigate to the Playlists folder on the NAS and choose a playlist to add to the queue. But when Volumio scans my library it does not even display my playlist folder. I assumed it might not like the playlist format, so as a test I saved a playlist to every format supported by VLC player and re-scanned. Still no playlist folder.
Am I doing something wrong here? Surely we’re not limited to creating playlists in the web UI of Volumio - that would be torture. It seems like such a trival feature to just have Volumio recognize playlists as add them to the library.
Is there any documentation on how to use playlists on Volumio, given that they are so fundamental to the operation of a music server?
Again, I accept I may have totally the wrong idea of what these headless music servers are supposed to do in terms of ease of use. Apologies if that is the case.