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I am oddly lost as to how I'd configure the boxed section in red below.

What you're seeing is a customized view of 'artists'. Is there a way to edit writing that overlays the picture? ie the Artist name and how many albums?
I can manage to do this for album art view but not for artists.

My second question is about fonts. Here you can see I've customized the track information panel. However, if I wanted the font to be smaller for just part of the text, clipping occurs or it looks like superscript. Is that a bug?



Questions / Highlight / Filter tracks that have synced lyrics
« on: April 23, 2022, 07:07:19 PM »
Is it possible to highlight or filter for tracks with synced lyrics.  The rule setting has two options, 'Lyrics' and 'Lyrics?' and I haven't figured out the distinction between the two.

Right now, I've tried using the following formula 'Lyrics is not null' but it isn't giving the expected results.

For example Track A has the following lyrics:

Artist: Nick Drake
Title: Know

You know that I love you
You know I don't care
You know that I see you
You know I'm not there
ID: qwnhcosz


Fame is but a fruit tree
So very unsound
It can never flourish
Till its stalk is in the ground
So men of fame
Can never find a way
Till time has flown
Far from their dying day

Neither are synchronized. TRACK A doesn't get highlighted, Track B does with the above rule.

Questions / Fix / Maintain Size of Panels (ex. Right Main Panel)
« on: April 15, 2022, 04:51:38 PM »
Is Musicbee capable of remembering panel sizes even if the app window is resized?

In the above, I want the album cover to take up half of the screen. However if I ever resize the Musicbee app or even drag it another monitor, it forgets the arrangement.  I haven't found a way around this and I can't imagine I'm the only one as my setup is inspired by screenshots posted here.

Questions / Modify Color of Caption Bar
« on: April 13, 2022, 03:13:22 AM »

Please I'm trying to modify the color of the caption bar (dark grey in the screenshot; at the top).  I've been playing around in the xml without any success. Is there a specific name to this element? If it helps, the skin I'm modifying is Renoir 0.2  and I have the tabs bar set to show in the caption bar.  Thanks

Questions / Add alternative source for Artwork search?
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:11:17 PM »
I love that MB can autodownload album art if you choose to.  However, I'm wondering if alternative sources could be added to replace fanart.  Specifically I'd like to be able to grab art from Deezer.

It would go a long way towards minimizing effort needed to update album art for a large library.

Questions / "Lock layout" - layouts reseting if MB window size changes
« on: October 15, 2020, 05:01:12 AM »

Thank you for adding the 'lock layout' option under Layout (1) in Preferences (hope something similar comes up for column headers in the future :) ).

However, when I resize Musicbee, the panels reset to another size. This is especially unfortunate when accidentally resizing the window.

As an example, I have album art in the right main panel taking up half the screen. MB resizes layout when the window isn't maximized. However, when I re-maximize MB, original layout is forgotten and panel is back to about 1/4 its size.

Is this a bug or should I try something else?

Questions / What layout is this?
« on: October 08, 2020, 02:33:17 AM »

Any idea what element is at the bottom of the image (the one with the image on left and right and spans width of main panel)? I thought it might be the 'Now Playing Bar' but I don't think so. The track info seems to suggest its the 'Track Information' element but you can't put that in the main panel.


How does he get the track list to reflow into multiple columns? In mine, I just get two very long columns that I have to scroll.  Is there a way to tweak the album art reflection?

Sorry if there's a sticky for this kind of stuff. I didn't want to post questions in SS thread.


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1 - MB doesn't appear to be respecting selection for fields shown or sorting order (or there's an overriding setting I can't find).

For some indeterminate reason, it is sorting by track length.  I can change the sorting as shown, but if I restart MB, it reverts to sorting by track length.  Is something overriding it? Where and why?

Just before making this post, it would also show two columns for track length side by side. Even after changing the fields shown, they would reappear after restarting MB. I don’t know what I did but it suddenly stopped. Still concerning because I don't actually know what's governing these related behaviors and I could trip it again.

[Oddly enough, I found this: but I don't understand Steven's explanation, where the 'Music Library tracks view' is or why that view would be stuck in one sorting order / have duplicate columns.]

2 - Is there a way to deselect an artist / album cover if there is no whitespace?  In the above its restricted to Kate Bush but when no artist is chosen, the bottom panel allows you to scroll through your entire library.

3 - Reading about customizing the main panel, I learned MB saves changes on the fly. What's the best way to make sure you preserve the default settings or is there a reset button somewhere?

4 - Does MB use one layout for the entire app? For example if I change the width of the right sidebar, it is that same width everywhere else in the app, from music node, to auto dj, etc.  Can you save layouts to certain views as you can for the main panel?

5 - Is there a way to lock or hide the entire header in green?  It is too easy to misclick and change the sort order on the fly while using this view.  It's partly the origin of some of the above issues. I had misclicked track length in the Music Library which then propagated to my other filters.

Bug Reports / Ratings Not Showing
« on: September 24, 2020, 04:59:11 AM »
I'm still taking a look but MB isn't showing ratings for some files.  It seems to be primarily affecting my FLAC files, although not all of them.

I've inspected a few albums in both MP3tag and MB internal inspector and they still show the POPULARIMETER field that's written by MB.

However, when I look at the tracks in Album Art View or in Now Playing, the ratings collumn remains empty. Similarly they don't show up in an auto playlist filtered to their ratings.

I have Musicbee set up to write ratings to the files themselves in settings. I've tried deleting the album from the collection and scanning it back.  I've also tried right click, rescan with no change.  On latest stable release.

I promise I've read older threads, even a few at hydrogen forums. I'm still looking for more opinions.  I'm mostly looking for clarity around tagging artist info.

For tracks that feature a secondary artist, I've been capturing that info in the 'artist' tag. So for a song 'Happy' by John featuring Maya

Title - Happy
Artist - John feat. Maya
Album Artist - John

Downside is that creates a fictional artist entry 'John feat. Maya'.

1) Are there any downsides to putting the featuring artist in the title other than making it longer or maybe being less aesthitically pleasing?

2) Does the 'album artist' support multiple entries much like the 'artist' tag does (at least for flac and aac)?

3) Take an album by B.B. King & Eric Clapton. Would you enter it as 'B.B. King & Eric Clapton' in album artist or as two separate entries if possible?

4) When do you use '&' vs 'and' for multiple artists or bands? Ex 'Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' or 'Grace Potter and The Nocturnals'? Keep in mind both have been used officially on their albums. So my question is do you actively standardize towards one, follow what's on the cover, or don't really care?

5) Apparently MB uses ';' as a delimiter between entries vs other software like MP3tag that uses //. I know its partly due to a lack of industry standards but in general which method do you find causes least problems for you down the road?

For now I'm ignoring 'display' option available in MB but I'm aware its very versatile. I just want to nail down a baseline first.

Questions / Change padding around album art covers in main panel
« on: June 16, 2020, 07:20:05 AM »
Can this be done? Can't find slider similar to how you set album art size.

Questions / Setting Album Art Cover for Compilations
« on: April 24, 2020, 04:16:34 AM »
I have a compilation album.

Track 1 Artist A (Cover Art from its own album)
Track 2 Artist B (Cover Art from its own album)


Right now if I add this album to MB, my library uses the first track's album art for the compilation. Is it possible to set an album art for the compilation while retaining the album art of each individual track?

In fact is it possible to do this for other fields like date? My library is sorted by dates as well. A compilation with multiple dates will split the album apart. Could I set a date for the album but each individual track would still have its own correct year tag?

MusicBee Wishlist / Lock for Mini Player (and other modes?)
« on: February 22, 2020, 11:54:55 PM »
Wiki and google didn't turn this up so I guess it doesn't exist.

Could we please add an option to 'lock' the mini player? In my case I'm often clicking around and expanding it again. I'd love to see an option in the right click menu to lock it so it stays as a mini player no matter what.

I am having a bit of trouble getting MusicBee to respect sorting.

I'm currently using the Last Name, First Name convention and I'm using mp3tag for most of my tagging needs.

In my example, for an album I've set ALBUMARTISTSORT as Last, First and in the main pannel I'm using for sorting -  Album Artist/Year/Album.

However, this isn't working. Does Musicbee respect that tag or do I need to enforce a setting to get it to use ALBUMARTISTSORT?

Questions / Multiple Genres in Main Window
« on: February 06, 2020, 07:05:06 PM »

I'm not sure if this is intended functionality or I am doing something wrong. I've assigned multiple genres to this album with MB and set it to display 'Genres' instead of 'Genre'. However when I mouse over the genres, I can't click on Hard Rock alone to get that filter. It takes to me a Rock; Hard Rock Filter.

Is there a way I can set it up to show the multiple genres independenty?

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