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Questions / Media Type tag replaced with SOURCE MEDIA for flac files
« on: January 30, 2021, 12:26:09 PM »
I started using the custom "Media Type" tag recently and noticed MB writes these tags differently for flac/vorbis than other applications do:

Both MusicBee and MP3Tag write "File Type" as TFLT for mp3/ID3,  BUT... for flac/vorbis Musicbee writes MEDIATYPE and not FILETYPE (MP3Tag)
Both MusicBee and MP3Tag write "Media Type" as TMED for mp3/ID3, BUT... for flac/vorbis Musicbee writes SOURCE MEDIA and not MEDIATYPE (MP3Tag)

Is this a bug? If not, this means I have to use 2 different custom tags for the same field: "Media Type" for mp3 and "File Type" for flac. It seems odd that MB would write "File Type" tags as MEDIATYPE when a "Media Type" tag also exists. I think "File Type" should be written as FILETYPE and "Media Type" as MEDIATYPE, No?


This may not be a "bug", as it's not a new issue.

Here is the ALAC file which has been encoded from a FLAC using another program. (The bitrate displays correctly at around 700k):

Here is the same file re-encoded using the MB format converter. (Any ALAC file encoded using MB will always display a bitrate of 1411k):

In Windows FileExplorer, the bitrate for BOTH files are displayed correctly. (The MB-encoded file is only displayed incorrectly from within MB):

Questions / Splitting FLAC file using format converter
« on: June 01, 2017, 02:41:22 PM »
I have some single FLACS that I need to convert so I can place them on an ipod. I have successfully split a single FLAC file into multiple tracks using the MB format converter. However, these newly created files can't be imported, or even played in MB. Is this normal? It's odd that these newly created FLAC files, which MB created, play perfectly fine in another player (MPC-HC).

Questions / Converting FLAC to ALAC
« on: April 20, 2017, 02:57:34 PM »
Does anyone know why converting a FLAC file to ALAC/.m4a creates a file that is half the size? ALAC should be lossless but it would appear that some quality is being lost, no?

Questions / Ejecting iPod auto opens a new active "music" tab
« on: March 31, 2017, 01:51:08 PM »
Does anyone know of a way to prevent this? Every time I 'safely remove' my ipod (within MB) a new active "music" tab is created, which I then have to close.

A partial solution is to create a new pinned "iPod" tab with navigation lock disabled. If this tab is active when the ipod is ejected, a new tab will not be opened, but the node then changes to "Music". Unfortunately when I next connect the iPod (and select it using toolbar or navigation panel) MB creates a new tab again rather than using the pinned tab.

Ideally I could pin a tab which MB could recognize as being for my device, but I'd be happy if I could simply connect/eject an iPod without new active tabs being created. Possible?

Questions / Musicbee deletes Folder.jpg files
« on: February 21, 2017, 11:30:59 PM »
Why is MB deleting the folder.jpg from my music folders everytime I change info using the tag editor. This happens if I change any tags for the entire album (artist, genre etc...). I haven't even changed anything using the artwork editor. Now I'm missing countless files. Why is this happening?

*edit: no longer missing - I found them all in the recycle bin. Still would like to know why MB is doing this.

MusicBee Wishlist / Collapsable folders for playlists
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:59:22 PM »
I know this has been mentioned before. When you have a large number of playlists (100+) it is aggravating to scroll through the whole list constantly. Please allow for playlist folders (in the playlist manager) to collapse so that these lists won't be so long.


So, I've finally decided to start using the auto-org feature, but I've come to a bit of a barrier early on. The basic template I prefer is:

1-02. Lone Wolf In A Heavy Snow

So the disc-track# format I use to organize my files is 0-00. However for the purpose of displaying my music within MB, I much prefer the disc-track# format to be 0-0. To me this looks much cleaner.

How can I set up the naming template to use a different disc-track# format than what is used for display purposes within MB?

Bug Reports / All playlist folders gone after latest update.
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:01:44 AM »
I just ran the latest update (MusicBee_Setup_3_0_6053) from the Latest Version thread. Now all the folders are gone from the playlist manager. There is just 1 long list of playlists. The folders are still there in the navigation panel, but not in the manager. Was this an intentional change? If so, how could I revert to the previous version?

MusicBee Wishlist / Problems with Display Artist tags
« on: July 27, 2016, 07:21:25 PM »
Here I have changed the display artist. This means the Display Artist and Artist tags have different values and there is an asterix* in the Artist heading:

But once the track is scanned (send to>file rescan), MB changes the <Artists> info to read the same as the Display Artist and the asterix* in the heading dissappears:

So in the example above, the tags are still correct when viewing them in the tag inspector. However the Artist value in the multiple tag splitter has changed. This value determines the field <Artists> (not <Artist>), and this behavior is messing up several of my virtual tags. It reads "Porya Hatami" instead of "Porya Hatami & Lee Anthony Norris" as in the first pic. I wan't the tags to stay as in the first pic.

Any thoughts what could be causing this?

NOTE: Assuming that this is correct behavior, what field can I use to display the actual artist shown in the tag inspector (in this case "Porya Hatami & Lee Anthony Norris")? <Artist>, <Artists>, <Artists: Artist> all display "Porya Hatami". <Artist Display> is empty, as MB continues to delete it.

Questions / Auto-playlist numbering includes grouping headers
« on: July 26, 2016, 07:23:38 PM »
Is there a reason this happens? Is there a way to avoid this or is it worth requesting a change in the wishlist?

Here is an auto-playlist with grouping headers. The first track is listed as #2 because the headers seem to be counted as tracks in the playlist:

Here is the exact playlist copied to a normal list. The track numbers here are correct:

Often in dropdown lists the items are cut off and can't be read because the list is too narrow. I would like to see some sort of pop-up to display the full text.
(Or any other solution that works)

Here's a menu in the playlist editor. I can't tell which view I'm selecting because the text is cut off:

Here's an example of a pop-up to read full text in the main panel. I thought something like this could be a solution for the above problem:

Questions / Very strange custom tag problem
« on: June 05, 2016, 02:55:21 PM »
For all the tracks on 1 of my albums, MB automatically writes a coded value for the Custom 9 tags, which reads something like 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA 00000EDA. In the tag settings, it is set to "save to MB database only".

-no matter what I do I can't get the value of this tag to to change or delete the value.
-I have tried creating id3 tags for this custom tag (TXXX/CUSTOM 9) and deleting them in the tag inspector, but they still reappear.
-I can successfully delete/edit the id3 tags using MP3Tag, however MB just auto rewrites the tag value again as soon as ANY changes are made to tags for those tracks.
- I have tried removing the tracks completely and re-importing them but MB does the same thing again.

All the other tags for these tracks seem to be working fine ( I can delete them or change their values). This custom tag works fine (empty) with all other tracks in my library. Thoughts?

Questions / Removing old custom tags
« on: May 29, 2016, 07:44:22 PM »
Is there a way to remove the value of custom tags that were "Saved to MusicBee database only"? I want to replace one of my old custom tags with a new one. I've renamed the tag, but all values from the old tag still remain.

EDIT: I was also wondering if there is a way to move custom tags that are saved in the MB database only. So if I have Custom Tag #11, (Save to MB database only) and I want to switch it to Custom Tag #16. Is that possible (without losing all the tag info)?

I was wondering why some of my changes weren't being saved and this is what I found:

When editing multiple tags in the editor, there is a checkbox displayed next to each input box. After editing a tag, the checkbox is automatically ticked if you click anywhere in the editor panel, and the changed text appears highlighted as an indicator. Oddly, if you click on the actual checkbox (or the tag description/heading beside it), the newly edited info becomes highlighted, but the checkbox IS NOT ticked. The box must be clicked twice if the checkmark is to appear.

The reason this is important is because if you select a different track/album in the main panel without checking the box, MB will not save the changes. If the box is ticked, MB will display a message "One or more values have been amended - do you want to save the changes?" Selecting "Yes" ensures the changes are saved. HOWEVER... this message is also displayed with the above described scenario in which the changed text appears highlighted but the box is not checked. So even after selecting "Yes", none of the changes are actually saved.

Seeing the message and selecting "Yes" results in the assumption your changes have in fact been saved when they have not been.

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