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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: We want more! ;-)
« on: Today at 07:36:31 AM »
Remember - I started with v0.3 but I'm fairly certain there were no custom tags at that time. I sure don't know when they were introduced. And I'm not going to start installing portables to find out.
Could you pm me a d/l link to 0.3 portable?
I'm very curious about its first look and functionality.

doesn't have to be portable (I think those came much later), I can run an installer version on a testing system

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: We want more! ;-)
« on: September 22, 2023, 10:52:37 PM »
Oh, how I remember back in the day when Steven increased them from eight to sixteen. It's never enough.   :)
You have a good memory!
The oldest version I have available is 2.3 from some 10 years ago, and that one also already had 16 of them.
This hasn't really followed Moore's law ;-)

Questions / Re: How to retain "Date Added" when importing iTunes library?
« on: September 22, 2023, 10:26:16 PM »
'date added to itunes'
if this is equivalent to Oh yeah I bought the Velvet Underground an Nico in 1968 and Five bridges by the Nice in 1973, do you understand?
That is an answer to my assumption to the 'emotional' part of such a date.
For me, this would mean I should be able to recall when I heard a song for the very first time and it made me 'stop'.
Which exact dates and times are lost like tears in rain. As they should be ;-)

MusicBee Wishlist / We want more! ;-) (custom tags)
« on: September 22, 2023, 10:15:58 PM »
While having 16 custom tags available is something I believe no other music manager than MusicBee has, it still has been a restrictive limit for me for quite a long time.
One of the solutions I resorted to is having two different MusicBee (portable) installs for my classical music and my non-classical music.
I just couldn't get optimal results for both using a single MusicBee install. The most important reason being the limitation of custom and virtual tags.

But, the limitation of virtual tags will soon be completely solved, since 3.6 will have 50 of them available, which is fantastic.
But the remaining limitation of having (needing) 16 custom tags is still a problem for me.

So my request would be to increase the amount of custom tags to e.g. 20, or 24.
Which would completely solve my problems regarding this.


There are a couple of tags that I believe have proven their worth over time to be available by default, and shouldn't require to be made available only when linking them to a custom tag.

Tags such as:

Set subtitle
Involved people list
Media type
Initial key

in my opinion should be available by default without the need to set up (and sacrificing) a custom tag.

Personally, if only one of the two above suggestions gets rewarded, my 'problems' are resolved completely and I will be grateful.
But for the greater good, maybe both can be adapted/implemented?

Questions / Re: How to retain "Date Added" when importing iTunes library?
« on: September 22, 2023, 10:12:26 PM »
Yea I guess it doesn't really matter "why" as long as it is important to someone.
if somehow all my Ratings disappeared I would just about lose my mind, thats how important they are because so much time was invested and having to do it all over again would be devastating.
Ratings I understand.
'date added to itunes' I still don't.

Questions / Re: Album view sorted by type (LP, EP, Live, etc.)
« on: September 22, 2023, 08:13:45 PM »
Is there something I don't understand  ?
Any chance of you revealing what the exclamation icon said?

Questions / Re: How to retain "Date Added" when importing iTunes library?
« on: September 22, 2023, 07:45:34 PM »
Everyone is different, but I really can't understand why some people care that much about the date when music was scanned (first) by some software on their computer.
Is it something technical, or maybe something emotional? Something else?
(but I also don't care about play count, so I know there must be something wrong with me ;-)

If such a date is important to you, I fully agree with Vincent Kars that you should create some custom 'date acquired' tag for it, which will store it in the file and will always stay and go with it.

Even if you do succeed to get 'date added to Itune's database' into MusicBee's 'date added to MusicBee's database', you will run into the same problem again if you want to switch from MusicBee to something else.
It's usually best to find a solution for the root of a problem.

Questions / Re: Cover art, artist and album title
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:24:49 PM »
…it would be great if process recognize similar words (or the full name with name original name contains in it)…
You would think that in this modern digital age, more people would understand what an actual software bug is.
Bit lately it seems that less people do. How can this be?

Questions / Re: Smart TV style
« on: September 22, 2023, 06:33:25 AM »
Something like this should be doable.
Two possible restrictions:

    1. When using a gamepad, you'll need to be able to configure buttons that will act as: 
          - Enter
          - Escape
          - a custom key combination (or e.g. a Function key)
               I'm guessing there will be tools that can make this possible.

    2. The next panel after clicking the main panel (Artists) would be the Album Covers view with the tracks displayed in the expanded panel. Not a completely new 'tracks' panel. 

Would this be doable and good enough?

OPUS encoding was removed from MusicBee a while back. (regrettably)
You now need to install it yourself. (e.g. look here)

B.t.w. I modified the OPUS encoding switches in my previous post a bit.
A 10-track album I tested this on now only takes up 1.4 MB ;-)

You could convert the albums that you don't want to listen to anymore (but still want to have in your library as a reference) to low quality OPUS files.
With a setting such as:
--bitrate 6 --speech --downmix-mono --cvbr --comp 0 --ignorelength - [outputfile]
a complete average album will then take up only some 2 megabytes.
Then ban them from playing and/or filter them out.

Questions / Re: Automatic Scrolling Playlist While Playing?
« on: September 20, 2023, 08:11:41 PM »
Thanks.  Back to the drawing board.
This really sounds like something for a Theatre Mode.
The person 'in charge' would have the regular MusicBee interface in view, and the playing and upcoming tracks would be displayed on a different screen using a Theatre Mode. (probably set as a screensaver, I think)

Beyond MusicBee / Re: Brazilian music
« on: September 20, 2023, 05:56:48 PM »
Well, most of Latin America has Spanish as its official language, Brazil, which is the largest country in size and population in Latin America, the language is Portuguese, but it still has its differences from European Portuguese (I myself, when I see an application in PT-EU, I prefer to leave it in English).
Yeah, that makes it even more complicated.

Elis singing one of her songs in Spanish.
I speak neither Portuguese nor Spanish (much), but I still hate it ;-)
Just curious, would you guys still label such a song with 'MPB'? Or then maybe it should be labeled MPS? ;-)
Or Julio Iglesias singing in Portuguese. Not good either I think?
Questions, Questões, Preguntas…

Another thought/observation:
Somehow 'Latin' music seems hardly ever discussed on websites and fora that are relevant for trying to establish some sensible genre taxonomy.
In threads like this one on RYM, people will tumble over each other discussing what is Dance, Disco, Industrial, Noise, Rock or Metal. But Latin/Brazilian music is hardly ever part of any interesting discussion.

Bug Reports / Re: asio in auto dj not playing after first song
« on: September 20, 2023, 10:03:11 AM »
Sounds like the OP could be using a plugin such as UPnP/DLNA.
But creating a bug report without providing any details about his setup is of course pretty much useless.

Beyond MusicBee / Re: Brazilian music
« on: September 18, 2023, 05:49:54 PM »
I need to begin by explaining that Brazil is a large and diverse country. From the indigenous to the Portuguese Empire, from slavary to Italian and German imigrants, from dictature to freedom, all of it reflects directly on our culture, and so does our music. So yes, labeling musical genres can be tricky.
Wow, that is a great introduction to explaining what is involved with all this.
It's gonna take me a while to digest, and perhaps come up with some more specific questions.

I was aware of the important role that politics has played in Brazilian music.
It was often performed as a theater show I think, with many musicians contributing?
And I am guessing that somebody like Chico Barque, who left (fleed?) Brazil for a while will be considered some sort of musical hero these days? (I hope so ;-)

B.t.w. I have PM'ed you a list of my 'Latin' music.
I hope it gives you some better insights in my taste, and my challenges?

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