The plugin can help to sync music with unrooted Android devices over Wi-Fi. Also, it can be used to back up all tracks or only some tracks of MusicBee library.
It's a well known issue that you can't get file access to unrooted Android devices via Wi-Fi and hence can't sync MusicBee with Android devices via Wi-Fi. One possible solution is to set up a local PC folder as a virtual device in MusicBee and sync MusicBee with that 'device', then you can use 3d party apps (e.g. Resilio Sync (recommended), Syncthing or Cheetah Sync) to sync this PC folder with Android folder via Wi-Fi. But this solution has one disadvantage: all synced files will be duplicated on PC. This plugin can help in this situation. It will create own virtual device 'Sync Links' in MusicBee and will create hard links or symbolic links to original library media files in PC folder on syncing. Hard links/symbolic links occupy very little space on HDD (though Windows Explorer shows the sizes of original files, not the actual sizes of links).
Plugin also can be used to back up MusicBee library, i.e. to sync (back up) all tracks from MusicBee library or only from selected playlists with a folder on a local drive or network share. For this case, there is an option to copy tracks to a virtual device instead of creating links to tracks. Plugin can automatically create playlists named according to album name/disk# on virtual device, containing all tracks from the same destination folder.
How to install and use
Extract content of archive to plugins subfolder of MusicBee installation folder (e.g. to "c:\program files (x86)\musicbee\plugins"). To configure plugin, go to "Edit> Preferences> Plugins" (or "Tools> Sync Links Settings", which is the same thing). Note that some settings are moved from Sync Links device properties page (where they are usually located for devices) to plugin preferences.
Go to "Edit> Preferences> Plugins". Click "Uninstall". MusicBee will delete all files created by the plugin after its installation (e.g., settings), but you need to exit MusicBee and manually delete all files that were included in plugin .zip from "Plugins" folder.
Do all you want with plugin binary and source code at your own risk.
Working for all users at the time of posting.
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|September 3, 2016
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