TAM Jukebox

It's sort of like shuffle play, but with a SUCK button.

( screen shots, forum )

What Jukebox?

Tam (Track Attribute Manager) jukebox is a system that randomly picks songs to play, and considers every track you have to be in every playlist until you say otherwise. Then it plays them with a relative frequency depending on how much you think they suck. If a song sucks, you push the button, and the jukebox learns a valuable lesson about your opinion.
People who need pictures should skip down to the screenshots.
The initial user interface concept had just one button, called the Suck button. While this was a good concept, it was missing several things. Sometimes a song does not suck, but is inappropriate for your current mood. Other times, you may not be the one listening. So, the concept of mood and user were added.
And then it was realized that some of these moods were actually not moods, for example "rockin" or "Downtempo". And you might wish to combine them. So, while not yet visible in the user interface, they are stored in the database as various track attributes. And so, in fire and hot water, the Track Attribute Manager engine is born.

System Requirements

If you have a modern linux, you can probably run it. If you run windows, you will still have difficulty. It requires Mono and (at this time) ESound. At one point, work was begun on a Windows version of the audio output system, but it was a pain, and we eagerly await completion of the overambitious and apparently deadlocked GStreamer project.
Hardware-wise, it will run on a Pentium 3. However, you'll have to turn off the more advanced leveling features, and your machine will work pretty hard.

Big Plans

Oh, you know how every project seems to say "This project aims to solve every possible user need and also contains a dynamically scalable automobile trading system, recipe manager, and open source replacement for Google and eBay." I'm not quite that ambitious, but some of these ideas might be:


The code is being actively hacked at the moment. Any releases will be made on the SourceForge download page when they are available. The code is always available from SVN.

The Inevitable Screenshots

The main page looks like this. If you hit the big red button, the song is reclassified as very sucky, and you will almost certainly never hear it again, no matter what your mood. This is very useful with a new, untrained installation.

Here is the main window with (future and past) history expanded. You can see here that the Beastie Boys' Girls was rejected as not quite appropriate for the "Steady Motion" mood, while U2's Exit just sucked a little too much. The threshold is randomly calculated for each song between 10 and 90%. So, if a song sucks by 98%, you will NEVER hear it. (This may be adjustable in the future.)

I admit it: I don't think U2 is "all that". It doesn't mean I don't like them. Really. Note that Dieselboy's album here is incorrectly tagged, as the artist is not correctly stored in the track's artist field.

The mood selection page in all its glory