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Questions / Playback Gets Interrupted At Times
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:40:13 PM »
Under Windows 10, I find that MusicBee playback often gets interrupted and breaks up under some scenarios.  This frequently happens when I execute another installation.  There is no high disk activity, and my workstation has plenty of CPU cores and memory to handle all processing loads.  I am puzzled why an installation could interrupt audio playback.

I can find exact installers that reproduce this issue, if needed.  It seems to happen with many, if not all.

I am currently running version 3.3.7411.

Bug Reports / Duplicates Manager Shows .APE Files As Lossy
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:50:20 PM »
Everything shown over the the left shows as 'Lossy'.  Some APE files over to the right also show this.  APE files are lossless.

Questions / Now Playing Layout Questions
« on: April 21, 2020, 10:21:14 AM »
The Now Playing Layout defaults to the following for fields:

<Album [Year]>

This results in the album name and year displaying for the currently played track as such:

There is a problem with this in that for singles I do not have an album valued.  Due to this, I lose the Year tag even though it exists as shown below:

It appears that embedding tags as per the first example above forces a dependency.  I need to separate these two tags.

This works below:

<Album> <Year>

However, I it does not appear as I would like.  How can I add additional text such as a comma only when the album is not blank?

I would prefer something like this as an example:

<Album>, <Year>

When Album is blank though, I want the comma hidden.

Alternatively, when album is blank, I could also display "N/A".  I cannot get ISNULL to work at all for this field.  It results in the entire function showing instead of being handled as a function.

Questions / Windows 10 Cumulative Update Failure
« on: April 20, 2020, 07:12:02 PM »
There was a Windows 10 update release in the middle of March 2020 that resulted in my computer no longer starting Windows.  I actually tried out this update before it was officially rolled out when it was in a preview state.  The update failed miserably for me, and Auto Repair reverted back to my working Windows 10 version.  For reasons only Microsoft knows, they decided to roll this unstable update out to PRODUCTION and make it the default Windows version for everyone now.  Now updating Windows to the latest version results in Windows startup failure.  Long story short, I had to restore my computer from a back-up image that is about two months old.

I lost a lot in that two month time period including lots of MusicBee updates.  I re-scanned my entire library and am making changes to bring it up to date.  It looks like some of my thumbnails are missing, and I do not see anyway for MusicBee to rebuild thumbnails for my tracks.  Here is an example:

This file has complete album art embedded within the tag as well as art in its folder.  All of my files have art, so I suspect the restore caused this issue.  The artwork shows without issue when the file is being played.  The thumbnail is simply missing when it is in a playlist.

Is there anyway I can rebuild these thumbnails?


Questions / Auto-DJ Loses Settings
« on: March 13, 2020, 12:10:33 PM »
I never noticed this issue before, because I am primarily listening to electronica nowadays.  I use Auto DJ with a custom filter set for this genre.  One day I had a brilliant idea to move my custom filter into genre specific playlists.  This way I can simply change the playlist Auto DJ uses and save all these filter settings  (I was having one of my genius moments when I came up with this).

Anyway, after creating all these playlists I noticed that Auto DJ does not resume properly when I restart MusicBee.

This is Auto DJ right now as I listen to tunes:

This is what happens if I stop MusicBee then restart it:

Notice the button Start Auto DJ.  This means Auto DJ is not active.  If I play to continue listening to my music, it will reach the last tune of my playlist then stop all playback.

Does anyone know why this is suddenly happening with playlists set as the AUto DJ source?  This does not happen at all when library is the source.  I have been using these feature for a long time now, and this is a new issue I noticed when using playlist as the source.

Questions / ISRC Tag Support
« on: January 26, 2020, 11:44:30 PM »
I am not seeing any support for the ISRC tag within MusicBee.  ISRC is a commonly used alphanumeric unique identifier that identifies recordings.  Many streaming sites use it to identify audio.  It's used globally.

I have this tag added to many of my audio files, but MusicBee does not show or export the value of the tag.  Is there an option to make use of this tag?


Here is what it looks like:

The actual TAG text in the FLAC file above appears as:


Bug Reports / Export Playlist To XSPF
« on: January 24, 2020, 05:33:52 PM »
One issue with export to playlist when MusicBee is configured to export to XSPF--

The official Relax NG schema defines the node location to contain a URI:

    <define name="def_location-element">
        <element name="location">
            <ref name="xml_base-attribute"/>
            <data type="anyURI"/>

MusicBee currently exports characters that are invalid within a URI making the generated XSPF document invalid.

Below is an example--

I currently have the following files on my network storage:

\\QNAPNAS\Media\Digital Audio\Nyxx\2016, Nightmare [EP]\01-Diabolical.flac
\\QNAPNAS\Media\Digital Audio\Nyxx\2016, Nightmare [EP]\02-Nightmare.flac
\\QNAPNAS\Media\Digital Audio\Nyxx\2016, Nightmare [EP]\03-Blindsided.flac
\\QNAPNAS\Media\Digital Audio\Nyxx\2016, Nightmare [EP]\04-Noose.flac

The square brackets are fine for a directory name in Windows and Linux; however, square brackets characters are invalid in a URI.  When I export my playlist containing this files, this is the output I get:

      <album>Nightmare [EP]</album>

The data within location node is invalid.

A way to fix this is to use the following as is done for space characters:

      <album>Nightmare [EP]</album>

Questions / May I Export A Playlist To XML?
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:13:20 PM »
Can this be done with MusicBee?  I am not currently finding a way to export playlist content to an XML document.  Is there an option I may be missing?


Bug Reports / MusicBee v3.2.6902 Played Audio Now Breaks Up
« on: June 02, 2019, 07:23:01 PM »
MusicBee did not previously have this issue in the past, but recently I am hearing that my played audio breaks up/pauses quite frequently.  I own a workstation class computer with plenty of CPU/memory/disk space and access speed, so this is not due to inadequate hardware.  I suspect a conflict of some form with perhaps a Windows 10 update, since I never noticed this issue in the past.

I intentionally configured MusicBee to load entire files into memory to prevent this issue as shown here:

My audio files are saved onto my NAS that has a 1GBPs connection.  I have rebooted several times to again experience this same issue that happens after continuous play at sporadic times.  As far as other processes running, I have minimal open with MusicBee running and a few smaller apps.  Here is a view of Windows Task Manager with MusicBee playing audio right now:

Audio paused temporarily again as I was writing this post, which I do not understand if the entire audio file is loaded into memory.

Questions / What Happened To The Status Bar?
« on: May 11, 2019, 12:56:31 PM »
With previous installations of MusicBee, there was a status bar at the very bottom showing text only.  It would show information related to its processing.  This seems to be gone now in version 3.2.6902.

I selected the option to Rescan All Files in my library.  It started doing this activity, but it showed no information about it.  I waited some time then attempted to close MusicBee.  I got messages about tasks still running and decided to let it finish.  However, I had no idea when it would be completed.

I checked all options and do not see a way to bring this status bar back.  Can anyone tell me where it went?

Questions / Many Issues Recently With
« on: May 11, 2019, 12:43:50 PM »
Each time I click the love icon for a playing track, this is what I see:

Questions / Is It Possible To Un-Select A File From My Playlist?
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:22:16 PM »
Sometimes I right click a particular file in my playlist to perform an action on the file.  The file then becomes selected and shaded with a selection indicator.  However, it stays selected forever even as other files get played later.  When I return to MusicBee later I see this selected file right away sometimes making me think this is the currently playing file even though it is not.  Is there a way that I can remove this selection other than clicking (and selecting) another file?


I added the following option under Now Playing under settings scroll in player as:

<Artist> - <Title>, <Bit Depth>-bit audio <Bitrate> bitrate

This allows me to instantly see the artist, track, bit rate and whether the particular track is 16-bit or 24-bit audio.  This works fine for lossless files.  However, for any lossy file <Bit Depth> is always blank.  Both MP3 and OGG files are currently in my library showing this.  I understand why there is no associated bit depth to show for compressed files.  However, the software does output these files in a specific bit depth.  Most likely they are being output to 16-bit PCM audio, since neither MP3 nor OGG support PCM conversion to 24-bit output.

This request is to add a new tag that shows the bit depth of the audio we hear.  I can then use this new tag and see all bit depth of what I am currently hearing.  For example, <Output Bit Depth> that would always show 16 for MP3 and OGG files.

Questions / Can I Configure Auto DJ To Favor Older Less Played Tracks
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:18:47 PM »
I use Auto DJ lots to play a mixture of two genres.  I currently have it setup to not select a track played within the last 21 days.  While this helps to not hear many repeats, I am finding that I still have several eligible tracks that have never been played.  I am hearing the same tracks after 21 days played again though.

Is there a way that I can have less played eligible tracks favored in selection by Auto DJ? It seems that the randomization is favoring a specific set of tracks.  My shuffle settings are currently set to random.


Bug Reports / Full Ban State Gets Lost When Restarting MusicBee
« on: September 30, 2018, 05:06:07 PM »
I love MusicBee, and it works great.  There is one issue that I have experienced with all versions of the software I have ever used so far.  I am finding that people have previously reported this same issue with a report of not being able to reproduce made:

I an using the absolute latest version of:  3.2.6827

I just reproduced this issue with interesting findings this time.  As soon as I edit APE or FLAC files to set full ban as shown on the link above under the settings tab, this state remains only when the application remains open.  If I close then restart MusicBee, I saw the ban state appear for all files I set upon restart, then it was cleared for all these same files after less than one second.  There does seem to be an issue related to this feature.  If I can help provide more details to help pinpoint the cause, I am more than happy to.

My entire music library is stored on my NAS that is accessible to MusicBee via Windows networking.  MusicBee has full read and right access to my library share, and it is able to save rating state for particular files.  I also have no issues with love state.  That works without issue too.  The issue is limited to ban state.  This state gets lost no matter how I set it.  Again, I have never been able to use this feature without ban getting lost upon restarting with any version of MusicBee I have ever used.

Why do I wish to use this feature?  I have intentional duplicate files of different bitrates stored on my network share.  When using auto DJ, placing a Full Ban on the particular files that I do not wish selected in a mix ensures that none of the lower bitrate files ever get selected.  Again, the feature works if I ban files after starting MusicBee, but it continuously gets reset for reasons unknown to me each time I restart the application.  Since many people have posted regarding this same issue (according to Google), it appears that I am not the only one who faces this.

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