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Topics - Will Pittenger

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It'd be useful to have a search for album covers that are either missing or of a resolution less than a specified amount.

Bug Reports / Remember Auto DJ status
« on: July 08, 2022, 06:30:22 AM »
Every time I restart MusicBee, I have to check to see if Auto DJ is on.  I always have it in that mode.  But it is commonly off after a restart.

I made sure all my music have high res album art downloaded.  But MusicBee keeps downloading other art and displaying that rather than my hi res art.  I can tell because the images switch from high res to low res and even different versions of the same cover.  I'm using the Large Album mode for the main panel.  I also tried using Artist Picture mode, but it was showing pictures of unrelated artists.  I tried putting known images into the files as something like "Album Cover (Back)" or "Leaflet Page", but those are always ignored by MusicBee.

Please use the pictures I provide and not random junk.

Questions / Keyboard shortcuts for radio stations?
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:58:34 AM »
I'm setting up activities for a new Logitech Harmony remote.  It can send keystrokes to MusicBee.  But I need a predictable means to specify a radio station if that's the activity.  I was thinking it'd help if I could assign a sequence of keystrokes to trigger Station X.  Can it be done?

Questions / Too many tracks in database?
« on: February 26, 2018, 08:06:38 PM »
Continuing, I began to wonder if it's the size on my music collection causing problems.  I have enough tracks to play a different track for over a week continuously without stopping and never hear the same track twice.  I realized MusicBee's AutoDJ feature might not be able to deal with that many tracks.  The database itself doesn't seem to have any problems, but what about the DJ option?

MusicBee Wishlist / Better photo discovery for the Now Playing tab needed
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:49:18 PM »
I commonly see Now Playing turn up artist photos for the wrong artist.  Some artists like Petra, Avalon, and Sierra are prone to errors.  Seems that those names are associated with multiple artists.  I tried to ban problem photos, but the ban option is either disabled or banning fails.

I'd also appreciate a means to add photos I found elsewhere such as scanning them from physical CD covers.  As is, such photos appear only in the tiny area I'd rather use for the album cover proper.  On a related note, can we hide the album cover in the left sidebar (outside Now Playing)?  It's usually a duplicate and smaller.  Finally, when the main Now Playing pane, when it shows the actual album cover, the space below for the album cover should be hidden.

MusicBee Wishlist / Grouping by multiple fields
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:41:52 PM »
I'd like to have two levels of grouping in the music library.  The first level would be "Album Artist" with "Album Title" below that.  That'd keep tracks from different artists whose albums just happen to have the same name separate.  As is, I tried to create a custom sort field with that combination and group by it.  But the result is that it groups by the Album Artist only.  That's wrong.

MusicBee Wishlist / Lyrics source field for each track
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:37:47 PM »
I'd like to know the source of lyrics that were downloaded.  With lyrics I find on Google, I prefix that with the domain where I found them surrounded by brackets ("[" and "]").  But there's no record for lyrics found by the program.  Setting this field to something other than what are supported by MusicBee would send a suggestion to Steven that it be added.  If he gets a lot of people setting the new field to "", perhaps he should add built-in support for that site.

On a related note, when I was using a client before I found MusicBee, I added "[not found]" or "[no lyrics found]" to the lyrics field if I couldn't find any.  Now that MusicBee has better support for lyrics, I'd like a quick way to search for tracks with the lyrics field set to one of those strings.  I can't do that yet.

MusicBee Wishlist / Private stream broadcasts
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:12:34 PM »
Any chance we could get a feature where MusicBee broadcasts a stream for other MusicBee instances on the same local network to play?  I don't care if the stream goes out over the Internet.  I'd just like to go from one PC to another and find the same music playing.

Questions / Last play date surprises
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:09:59 PM »
I have two machines.  My main desktop hosts my MP3 files.  The second system is a media PC.  On that machine, MusicBee has it's own copy of the database, but accesses the MP3 files from the first.

Recently, I bought Classic Petra Live: Back to the Rock which has many songs on it from my older Petra albums.  I've seen that the desktop never plays the original versions of any song on the Classic Petra Live album.  Meanwhile, the media PC never plays any Petra songs that are on the Classic Petra Live album—even those on the original album.

Any ideas what's going on?

Bug Reports / Docked miniplayer has wrong position
« on: June 19, 2016, 04:16:06 AM »
I minimize MusicBee into the miniplayer and dock it into my secondary monitor which is to the left of my primary monitor.  It seems to have troubles aligning itself with the rest of the desktop.   The image at shows the issue.

Questions / Version 3.x claims my music files are missing
« on: June 09, 2016, 11:18:34 PM »
I installed MusicBee 3.0 last night.  It was complaining that it couldn't find any of the MP3 files.  On that machine, all of the music (but not the database) reside in M: which is mapped to a remote Windows machine.  That hasn't changed.  I haven't upgraded MusicBee on my other machine (the one with the share hosting those MP3 files) as I'm concerted the same thing will happen there.  Strangely, if you tell MusicBee to not look for missing music files, it plays those MP3 just fine.

What's going on?  Do I need to be concerned?


* Shows more info
* Can be docked


* The spectrum visualization pane is at best a gimmick in my mind.  Plus it's at times barely visible.
* Plenty of space that I would like to see the playlist and/or lyrics squeezed into.
* On Windows 7 64-bit, it isn't seen as part of MusicBee when docked.  So the stuff in the Windows 7 taskbar preview pane can't be accessed.  (Minor, but still.)

MusicBee Wishlist / Check for updates menu item
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:31:58 AM »
Why doesn't MusicBee have a command to check for updates now?  I expected it to either have it has a menu item or a button inside Help/About.  I know it can check for updates on start up and I have it set that way, but when it runs for days or even weeks at a time, that is very rarely triggered.

MusicBee Wishlist / My wish list
« on: August 01, 2012, 04:07:18 AM »
1. More Auto DJ options:
   a. Prefer higher rated tracks
   b. Require minimum wait time before a specific track can be replayed
   c. Ability to smoothly switch between different playlists based on the time of the year: I keep two auto-playlists.  One lists only music with no comment.  The other lists only music with the comment set to "Christmas".  I would prefer to see Music Bee automatically switch between the two on a given date before Christmas and then switch back after Christmas.  Rather than an all or nothing approach, it would be best if Music Bee switched gradually over several weeks.

2. A button in the main window to switch to the mini-player.

3. Ability to recognize artwork files from other players.  Common formats include Folder.jpg and AlbumName.jpg.  I would include all JPG files in that folder as possibilities.

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