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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee 3 with Wine and dual boot
« on: November 06, 2019, 04:14:32 AM »
I've got a workaround for using MusicBee on Linux, but you'll need to install a virtual machine with a Windows system. With a few tweaks (on Mint Cinnamon, but probably works on other distros too) you can make the VM look like a standard application. I even got WiFi sync working. However, there are downsides like no global hotkeys from outside.
A recent update made MusicBee way smoother, so there's little to no difference in using it through the VM.

Yeah, this is no solution for the given problem. But as long as WINE won't run MusicBee well, I can live with that. If you want, I can write a guide.

You really don't want to use virtual machines for that. It's a pain in the ass no matter how much you automate or even if you use the best stacks like KVM. Big waste of resources too since there's no such thing as a lightweight windows vm, not even the images MS created just for that.

Changing the temp directory seems to work, at least for me
How to set a custom Temp folder

You can make MB use a custom temp folder instead of the default Windows Temp folder when your C drive doesn't have enough free space for a task you're about to perform. Add the following with the proper path into MusicBee3Settings.ini file.


Nice, that solved the problem for me too. Only one issue to go now! I wonder if an ENV for the artwork cache would also solve that problem (it's the resized artwork from internalcache/albumcovers)

Tips and Tricks / Re: MUSICBEE 3 WITH WINE AND DUAL BOOT !!!!
« on: October 09, 2019, 12:26:54 AM »
Do you also have these two issues?

1) Album thumbnails are always blank in the main panel, if you check the files (e.g. /drive_c/MusicBee/AppData/InternalCache/AlbumCovers/NUMBER/B1234_5678.png) they have 0 bytes.

2) When you edit tags manually or from the internet, using Auto-tag by Album, the files often cannot be saved. You get an error like File exists [C:\users\shepard\Temp\01. filename something~0000003.mp3].

It's the only issues left afaik, and I don't want to bother MusicBee's author after reading the FAQ, but if anybody solves this it would be great. I have tried using even the most verbose wine debug options and I get no error messages.

Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee now works under wine
« on: June 01, 2019, 01:32:15 AM »
I just realized all .png files are 0b at /drive_c/MusicBee/AppData/InternalCache/AlbumCovers/NUMBER/B1234_5678.png and if I replace them with some random image, MusicBee shows them without a problem.

So the problem is when the embedded artwork is getting cached (thumbnail generator?) or something like that.

Questions / Re: MusicBee for Linux (ubuntu)
« on: May 25, 2019, 09:09:45 PM »
Is anyone not getting this error? I'm also occasionally getting the error while updating album art and rarely with lyrics.
Several people are but you would need some reverse engineering skills to debug it I believe. There is no error in the wine logs for me.

Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee now works under wine
« on: May 17, 2019, 05:50:56 PM »
Anybody using Musicbee to edit tags - either through autotag or manually?

I've got MB3.2 installed using basically the same instructions as in the previous post, but when I try to save any tag changes I get a "file already exists" type error with just options to retry or cancel. I can't figure out how to allow a rewrite

I've tried everything, from almost all winetricks, to making different bottles with different wine versions (or staging), changing registry settings, things like language envs, nothing works.

Questions / Re: MusicBee for Linux (ubuntu)
« on: May 10, 2019, 05:52:52 PM »
Better then nothing, I guess. Would like to know how to open the files in your native linux file manager...
It seems the answer is no because it would need to translate paths.

Maybe one day if MusicBee is open sourced you could make a Flatpak with xdg-desktop-portal proxy and use other features like filesystem abstraction, native notifications, dbus, to make a more seamless integration. Just like how Firefox can use both GTK and Qt filepickers.

Questions / Re: MusicBee for Linux (ubuntu)
« on: May 10, 2019, 05:47:02 PM »
I've been running MusicBee inside a Flatpak with Wine. Everything works except two things:


2) The resized album art (Small / Medium Picture options) in the main view doesn't work. I get a blank square or a "-". I've tried recreating the bottle several times, I even made one with almost everything listed in Winetricks/deps. Still doesn't work. Tested with multiple Wine versions and also Wine Staging.

Any idea how I could fix these issues? With WINEDEBUG I get so many messages I have no idea if they are relevant since toggling album art doesn't add any error messages.

Questions / Re: MusicBee for Linux (ubuntu)
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:00:28 PM »
I'm running MusicBee 3.3.6889 with dotnet461 and wine-staging 3.20 and so far it works pretty okay. Had to delete basswma.dll because it causes File Converter to crash (a tip from winehq). Winamp plugins and DSPs are working fine too.

A problem I'm having is when trying to use Auto-tag by Album

Saving file..

File exists [C:\users\shepard\Temp\01. filename something~0000003.mp3]

Retry - Cancel

I can see that every time I hit Retry a file gets added to C:\users\shepard\Temp and the tags are not getting applied.

Could be related with unix file paths and the usual

Any idea how to fix this?

The main reason I want to keep using MusicBee is not only because it's awesome but the whole experience feels very "integrated" and you don't need several tools to make the same thing. And I need my Winamp plugins/DSPs to work (and the auto tagging) but I don't know any Linux player that has that.

TheaterMode / My attempt to make a Theater mode skin
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:45:57 AM »
I really liked what redwing did with Cover+List view (Theater mode)

So I decided to customize it "a little bit". I hope he doesn't mind. I have no idea what I'm doing. I still need to add more buttons and learn how to develop this thing correctly.

The initial concept:

And the abomination-code.xml:

Mozilla's Fira Type Family (

I'm posting here instead of MusicBee & Add-Ons > Customizations >TheaterMode because I'm not sure what I'll do next (but the code is here). What do you think?

I want to move the "next song" album to the right side and align the text to the right too, but couldn't make it work yet.

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