I sat down with a piece of graph paper at McDonalds today for lunch (Value Meal #2 which is a Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese sans onions, fries, Coca-Cola, plus three chocolate chip cookies) to sketch out the Mix06 project.
I named the app 'Q' until we can come up with something better. It can stand for a couple of things which seem to be appropriate: cue and queue.
Here is a sneak preview of the feature set / goals along with priority.
• Browse potential and subscribed content. (p1)
• Subscribe to content. (p1)
• Download content to local machine. (p1)
• Play content from local machine. (p1)
• Support RSS 2.0 required Channel elements. (p1)
Title, Link, Description
• Support RSS 2.0 required Item element. (p1)
Title (or Description)
• Support RSS 2.0 Item optional elements required for app to function. (p1)
Enclosure (+ 3 required attributes of location, size and mime type).
GUID (unique string for feed)
• Support optional elements of RSS 2.0 Channel. (p2)
Language, copyright, image (+ 3 required elements of url, title and link), category
• Support optional elements of RSS 2.0 Item. (p2)
Description, author, category, pubDate
• Manage subscriptions. (p3)
• Support Media Center native formats for playback: WMA, MP3, WMV, MPEG1, MPEG2 (p3)
We get this for free, but I'm spelling it out anyway so we know specifically what formats will be supported.
p1 = Must Have
p2 = Nice To Have
p3 = Cool if we get, but won't go above and beyond to implement.
There will be some expansion of these features once we start getting into the UI design -- for example, browse will probably include some notion of grouping / categorization. I hope to publish the full spec before the end of the week.
Keep the comments / feature requests coming -- we haven't locked anything down yet so there is still time to add or change features.