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Questions / Creating a flash drive of mp3 songs for in car use
« on: July 26, 2020, 01:35:20 PM »
Not needing to do this yet, but wondering if MB has the ability to create a flash drive of songs for use in a car radio that supports a flash drive?

If the answer is yet, does it also have the ability to convert flac to mp3 (should the car only support mp3 or to keep size down).

And also, is would MB be able to handle single file album files + cue (be able to create separate mp3 files from these).

I am in the early stages of setting up MB.

Under the "Album Artist" left hand pane, I should only have an artist appear once.

I have an artist appearing twice, and each instance has 2 albums within it.

Underlying file structure is right, so I am guessing this is a tagging issue.

I have looked at the tagging, and the artist appears to be correct in each.

Any suggestions welcomed.

Questions / Removing unknown album showing in Musicbee
« on: July 13, 2020, 12:30:43 AM »
An "[Unknown]" album has appeared in Musicbee, whose source file(s) cannot be be found.

How do I remove this from MB?

Questions / Thread on common naming conventions for files & folders
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:07:24 PM »
I am sure there is a thread covering common naming conventions for files & folders.

Any links appreciated.

Questions / Artwork Question
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:30:04 AM »
To add or change artwork, I right click on the album cover (while in Music Explorer), go edit > artwork > and then select the artwork and save to apply.

In this process it has the matching picture types of 'Album Cover', 'Album Cover (back)", and 'Leaflet Page'.

I am linking, rather than embedding, so as not to bloat each track (and save space).

Some albums have the whole booklet scanned - for these I am thinking of using 'Leaflet Page', and the order this is done in Musicbee, will allow easy access of the booklet in order.

For images such as scanned CD etc etc, is there any benefit in creating new picture types or just using the blank picture type.

Also, for artwork, is it recommended to put this in a subfolder named 'Artwork'?

I know a lot of this comes down to personal preference, but if there are logical reasons for doing something in a particular way, I would like to do it from the start, rather than having to start again.

Questions / Music Videos & Musicbee - optimal organisation
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:19:44 AM »
I don't have many music videos as yet, but would like these to be accessible through Musicbee.

Should I have each music video stored in the album it came from (artist/album/), and if so, should it just sit with the audio tracks, or in a Video subfolder etc.

Also, if there were multiple albums that this music video belonged to, is there a way to manage this, so I only have one copy of the music video (so as not to waste space). For example, Original album, Greatest hits, some other various artist releases could all have the matching audio track, so it would be nice to be able to know a matching video exists when viewing the album.

Questions / Naming Convention For Various Artists Albums
« on: July 12, 2020, 08:22:03 AM »
Wondering what naming conventions are generally being used for various artist compilation albums?

Questions / Naming Convention For Multiple Disc Albums
« on: July 12, 2020, 08:18:41 AM »
Just wondering what naming convention is generally used for albums that span more than one disc?

Bug Reports / Error when clicking on the heart symbol next to track
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:31:24 AM »
An unexpected error occurred - please report to

MusicBee v3.3.7491.38139P  (Win10.0), 12 Jul 2020 9:23:

System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
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   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseDown(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
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   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

Questions / Code To Distinguish Between Album Owners
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:25:22 PM »
I would like to embed a 3 character code (eg JMJ, ERJ, TGJ) to identify if an album is mine or belongs to one of my kids.

The objective being, I can filter the playlist to only show my albums, or one of the kids may wish to only filter out my album collection.

I am assuming this filtering is possible.

Suggestions on the best place to embed this 3 character code?

Also, as an afterthought, if 2 or more family members happened to own the same album, perhaps the embedded field would have to contain 2 or more sets of 3 character codes?

Questions / A question of lyrics
« on: August 08, 2019, 09:19:05 AM »
This question may be more opinion rather than technical based.

I am in the process of moving my music to Musicbee, and trying to workout all the things to do, so I get it right the first time.

Are most people including lyrics with their music files?

From what I can gather, embedding lyrics in the music files itself is not a clear recommendation? (I saw a post where Steven asks are you sure you want to embed lyrics).

The minilyrics plugin seems to be quite 'cool', but is this something that loses its novelty appeal when you realize Karaoke is as fun as it was first thought?

For those with big collections that started some time ago, what would you do differently if starting again from scratch?

I have a .wav album that I placed in a playlist. (This is just a test, so it is also the only album in the playlist)

Externally I converted this to flac. (So now all the tracks are in flac, with the wav files being no longer).

I then restarted Musicbee.

Musicbee is still looking for the wav tracks, and is not showing the flac tracks.

I tried F5 refresh without change.

How do I fix this?

I went tools > advanced > rescan all files. This only seems to have introduced a red exclamation mark to the wav file tracks, but has not brought in the flac tracks.

What should I have done instead?

I have built my music collection over the years, and have used the format:


and kept everything in the one folder.

I haven't used an interface like Musicbee previously, but found one folder being convenient when accessing in Windows.

I have decided to put embed album cover art into each track (so no folder.jpg or cover.jpg).

Am I going to hit any limitations keeping it like this?

Questions / Some Albums Not Being Identified In MusicBee
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:14:27 AM »
New user. I have created a new test library to learn more about Musicbee workings before diving in.

The 3 albums are all in the same folder.

Only 2 of the 3 albums have been identified by Musicbee, presumably due to the info included in the tags.

What is the best/easiest way to correct this (as I am sure I will encounter this a lot).

Questions / Basic Artwork Question
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:31:12 AM »
When adding albums (from various sources) to MB, sometimes it will recognise and show the album art, and other times it will not (even though the artwork will be in the album folder).

I am thinking this is based on the artwork name (eg cover.jpg vs folder.jpg etc).
This is easily fixed however, by right clicking on the missing artwork within MB, and selecting ‘search internet for picture’.

When using the ‘search internet for picture’ option, is this finding the artwork, and embedding it into the metadata of the file (so it is permanently part of that file from then on)?

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