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Beyond MusicBee / HOW TO COMPLETE PLAYLISTS/COLLECTIONS?
« on: March 10, 2024, 10:08:01 AM »
Hi!
Recently I set a goal: to collect similar music in one place to enjoy. Before this idea arose, I used a simple algorithm: I collected music by genre in one playlist. So do I have the following playlists of my favorites?
- the best of progressive rock
- the best of progressive metal
- the best of heavy/power metal
etc.

Further, in order to make it more convenient to listen on a portable player, I divided this playlist into several parts, calling them like this: the best of progressive rock I, the best of progressive rock II, etc. But I just randomly collected them from my favorite tracks. I began to notice that in some of the collections there were more sad, calm tracks, and in others there were more driving ones. But in general, if I’m in a thoughtful or bad mood, then I put together a playlist that matches my mood. If you are in a cheerful mood, then you want to listen to something cheerful.

I was wondering what algorithms do music lovers use? Maybe there is something interesting, maybe some unspoken rules for compiling collections? I'm trying to grab onto something. I understand that there can be many such ways. I'm interested to know about them.
P.S. Or maybe there is some kind of program that can group tracks according to something similar, something in common?

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Questions / Storing a database of listened but deleted albums in Musoc Bee
« on: September 20, 2023, 09:27:17 AM »
Hi!
I listen to a lot of music, and some albums are listened to for reference, and then deleted from the hard drive. Years later, it happens that the album is downloaded again (due to the fact that you don’t remember everything, it is forgotten), listened to and deleted again. I would like to make it so that before downloading an album, you can enter the name of the artist and album into the Music Bee search (or in another way) and make it clear that this album has already been listened to (so as not to download in vain and waste time on listening).
It also happens that you download an entire discography, and you don’t like some albums, you delete them, and then 5 years later you forget, you download again, I think you haven’t listened to the album, and you delete it again, realizing that you didn’t like it.

Maybe there is some way for Music Bee to remember listened but already deleted albums?
Previously, I kept a list of deleted albums in a text file (it also contained albums that are located on other media). But over time, I became too lazy to write down album names in this file. It would be great if Music Bee saved the history of what you listened to but deleted.
Or maybe someone has another way of recording what they listened to?

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Hi!
Recently, I often encounter problems related to my music library in MusicBee. This is not the first time I notice that after the next search for new files, my entire library is reset and moved to "new files". Today it happened again. But everything is in order.

I'm using portable version 3.4.8033 P. The entire music collection is on a removable hard drive. I have to turn it off often. I update new files manually, through Insert. When the scan started, I found on the bottom line that there were a very large number of new files on the New Files tab. I realized that for some reason MB began to perceive all files from the library as new.
I stopped scanning. Rebooted MB and ran a full scan. And again on MB I thought that all these files are on
  disk are new. The play counters are reset, the auto-playlists are empty, and even the tags that I so diligently wrote down (I wrote down on the tab "tags 2" - "country" - disappeared. In fact, I lost my entire history. I almost had a heart attack.
It's good that I made a backup of the library - I thought. Substituted the old MusicBeeLibrary.mbl file and ...something has changed, but not everything.
Here's what's returned:
- now all my music was in the "music" section, only a couple of hundred files were identified as "new"
- atopplaylists pulled up the necessary compositions
That's all. But unfortunately I didn't fix it.
- the play counter has been reset, and for so many years, I have had so much music, it is dear to me to know what music I listened to most often
- the "country" tags that I entered so diligently did not appear recently, they simply do not exist in any file. Now auto-playlists by country do not work for me
- I also have empty values in the "listened" column. Now I don't know what I listened to and what not...

Please help me get my story back. Are the play count and tags lost forever?

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Hello. I have a disaster: after another scan of the folders in which I store my music collection, MusicBee added all the files to the Inbox (New files). And they all decide on one tag - an unknown artist."
I got scared, created a new library, added folders with music. The result has changed: the tags have been pulled up, but in the "played" column it displays 0. That is, I didn't seem to listen to a single song.

It turns out I lost the history of the played music. And I valued this very much, because the listened counter served for me as an indicator of the music I listened to. So I knew what else I needed to listen to from my 40,000 collection.

Help, please return history  🙏🏼

I share some information. Music is stored on my external HDD. It happens (very rarely) that it has some failures (windows notification), but this did not cause any particular problems. This time, Explorer notified me to check the disk for errors. I listened, but after rebooting, I still did not see the history of the played tracks in the "played" column.

I also tried to load the old library - it did not help. I also installed the portable version of MusicBee and connected the old library, and then re-created a new one - nothing has changed. What can be done?

MusicBee ver. 3.4.8033.18564

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I apologize in advance to the moderators for creating similar topics, but I understand that when there are many questions in one message, no one wants to answer.
I'm new and trying to figure it out.

I decided to organize the collection using the file organizer, but when I started doing it again I ran into one problem. Everything in order.

My collection is organized by genre categories:

Death | Doom Metal
Heavy metal
 Hard and heavy
 Heavy / Power Metal
Power metal
Thrash metal
Progressive Metal
Progressive Rock
Post rock

All I wanted was for MB to figure out where to move which album.
I realized that in order for it to move albums according to the template - <Genre Category> \ <Artist> \ <Artist> - <Year> - <Album> \ <Track No.> <Title> I need to match genres to categories. And so I began to prescribe:

Power Metal: Power / Heavy Metal
Power Metal: Melodic Power Metal
Power Metal: Epic Power Metal
Power Metal: Angry Power Metal
Power Metal: Dark Power Metal
Power Metal: Speed ​​Power Metal

and later, when I opened the largest folder with music, I found that I wasted my time. After all, besides the "6 subgenres" of Power Metal, more than 100 so-called "subgenres" were found there. In fact, these are not subgenres, just the music came to me from different sources. Somewhere instead of power metal is power indicated? instead of Power / Speed ​​- Power Metal / Sped metal (with errors). More than 100 variations.
In addition to the fact that all this needs to be brought into genres, I also thought that this would not solve the problem. When new albums appear, it may happen that there will be another "subgenre" that is not in the database.

Even if I take on the task of putting all the tags in order and assigning normal titles, it will not protect me from the fact that the new album will be with some wrong tag.

In fact, Speed ​​Metal or Speed ​​Power Metal is not so important to me. Maybe I would download the entire Heavy Power Hard Folk into one folder and divide it into folders alphabetically. But I have other genres like Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal that I would like to separate. Yes, in principle, both Thrash and Death. If you download all the music into one folder, then there will be many thousands of folders. I have been building my hierarchy for ten years.

I do not know what to do.

If suddenly I did not express myself clearly, then I will clarify:

you want MB to move the artist's album to the folder with the correct category by clicking on "send - move to organized folder". In order not to do it manually.
That's why I mentioned "mask" in the title of the question. Perhaps somehow you can specify "if the tags contain the word" power "- move to the folder with the Power Metal category". Not sure what will solve the problem, but can someone tell me?

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Questions / Questions about file organizer settings
« on: January 04, 2021, 12:35:12 PM »
I continue to explore ways to organize my collection. Read a few threads on the forum, but everything revolves around automatic organization. But how many people use it? :)

I met in messages that users are wary of this.
But since, unfortunately, I did not receive an answer in the previous topic about organizing the collection, I had to take for manual organizing, using an organized folder.

Questions immediately arose:

1. For all the time of use, have you ever had such that your data was lost? I'm still worried about this :)
2. Following advice from similar topics, I started with a few folders to understand how it works. But I didn’t tick the “automatic organization” checkbox because I already realized that it’s better not to do this when not all tracks are tagged :) I have just this case.
I decided to put the main music, even without tags, in a tracked organized folder and gradually tag it. After all, the main thing for me is that the music that is ready to be loaded into the library is automatically moved to the desired folder. Well, almost automatically. So far, after listening to the album, I choose "send to organized folder".
And at this step, I had a question: what needs to be written in the template so that the album fits into the folder with the letter corresponding to the first letter of the artist?
Now my files are organized like this:

<Genre Category> \ <Artist> \ <Artist> - <Year> - <Album> \ <Track No.> <Title>
And I need - <Genre Category> \ <first letter in artist name> <Artist> \ <Artist> - <Year> - <Album> \ <Track No.> <Title>

3. I also noticed that in many cases pictures and album booklets do not move. Although I checked the box. Some are portable, but most need to be transferred manually. With what it can be connected?

4. I also see one drawback: when I do manual reorganization via "send - move to an organized folder, in most cases empty folders with album names remain in the old place (or, as I wrote above, together with pictures). Because some folders are completely transferred. And so it turns out you still need to clean up.

5. One more point: manual organization has the advantage that you can upload covers to it and some other files into the folder with the performers. Here, when organizing through "send", I had 4 albums of the collection, where there were more than 30 artists performing covers, and after organizing I received a lot of folders and each one had one song. I had to manually delete it. How can this issue be resolved?

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Questions / How do I organize my music collection?
« on: December 28, 2020, 05:27:57 PM »
Hello everyone!

The question arose of how to organize a music collection using MusicBee in less time and steps.
The whole question is rather not how to organize, but what to do with the new music.
The point is that I have already organized my collection. It is divided into 5 main super genre folders and an Inbox Music folder.

As I usually do when I receive new music:

- new music goes to Inbox Music for me to listen to.
- after I decide to leave it, I move the folder physically to the desired supergenre and then to the subgenre.

Before the album gets there, a lot of listened music is already collected in the Inbox Music folder, which requires moving to the necessary folders. It takes a lot of time. But even immediately after listening, I am not used to moving to the desired folder.

Now, when I got acquainted with MusicBee, I discovered the "Inbox" functionality. But so far I have not been able to understand the whole principle of work.
If I specify in the settings "put all music in the inbox", then this is good, because I can listen from this folder to what I have not yet listened to. But the fact is that at the moment of the first listening, I rate the tracks and sometimes put them into playlists.

The problem is that when I decide to move the album to the desired genre folder, the connection from the track with the playlist is lost.
Please tell me how you can make sure that this connection is not lost when moving?

Also, please share your history of keeping your music collection, and how do you organize new albums? Do you store them first in your inbox, or do you immediately put them in the right folder? Or maybe you have your own ways?

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Questions / How to display albums / tracks by rating?
« on: December 28, 2020, 05:11:11 PM »
Hello everyone!

I am just mastering MusicBee. I am interested in the question: how can you filter albums or individual tracks by rating?
For example, I don't want to add the track I like to the playlist every time. It's easier for me to rate a track, for example at 4 or 5, and then from time to time open those rated tracks with one click as a playlist.

I know that something similar exists in Auto-DJ, but I have not studied this section well yet. Maybe you can create some kind of tag, virtual (how to do it?) And display it in any section?

For example, as a more granular setting, I would like to receive filters like this:

Heavy Metal Tracks - Rated 4
tracks in the genre of Progressive Metal - rated 4
tracks in the genre of Progressive Metal - rated 5
Progressive Metal Albums - Rated 4
etc.

Once I collected a collection by country. It was interesting for me to get acquainted with music in Spanish, in Czech. I created folders "Spain". "Czechia" and physically organized the music there. Now that I realized that it is better to do this in MusicBee, and physically store the files in one folder.
Now I'm thinking how to collect these filters by country and by estimates?

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Questions / How can you mark "album played"?
« on: December 28, 2020, 04:54:54 PM »
Hello everyone!

I'm new to MusicBee and have never used a media library like this before. I used to mark the albums I listened to using programs that can change the color of the folder. For example, for your favorite albums - yellow, for good ones - green, for those that I have listened to, and perhaps will still listen - black.
This was convenient when I was using Windows Explorer. But later I started using FreeCommander. There, everything is conveniently displayed as a "list". But the disadvantage is that the icons and color of the folders are not displayed in this view.
And so I dropped these marks.

Then I just started putting down the "_" sign in front of the album I listened to. For example, _Iron Maiden ... So at least I understood that I had already listened to him. But this is not very convenient. Since different names in the files make it difficult to find, and if you rename an album after a track has been added to the playlist from it, the connection with the playlist is lost.

And so I came to MusicBee. I love this program, but I'm still learning it and can't find a way that I can make the "lost" marks.
I see that there are fields such as "last played date" and "played".

But the problem is that MusicBee records that the album has been listened to only if% of the tracks have been listened to. And in cases with "lost", the track needs to be played for some time (I did not record it).

And also, it often happens to me that I listen to an album on my smartphone. It turns out that it may not be played on the computer at all.
I also need that when opening the artist, I could immediately visually see which albums I was listening to, and which ones are yet to come.
Ideally, so that you can click on the album and select "played" in 1-2 clicks (or even better, so that you can do this by pressing some key combination ".
I suppose that you can somehow come up with your own tag and put the value "lost" through the "change tags" function, but maybe there is some easier way?

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Hello everybody!

For a long time I played my music collection by launching it through Windows Explorer and Total Commander.
First, I will explain what kind and structure of library folders I use:

Library structure:

Inbox Music
Heavy metal
  Hard Rock - Heavy -
  Death metal
  Progressive Metal
Post rock
Progressive Rock

Display view: I usually use the "list" or "table" views. I'm so used to it. And the big advantage is that I have navigation buttons "back", or rather "exit the current folder to the root". In the "table" view, this can be done simply by clicking on the line above. And in Music Bee you need to use the back and forth arrows. But they are not the same thing. By pressing the "back and forth" arrows, I move through the history ", and in order to go to the previous root folder, you need to scroll up, collapse the directory and go to the desired folder. This is not convenient.

In order to start playing a track, I went to the desired folder, looked for an album and started the track (or the entire album). Tracks were opened through Aimp. I have been using this method of playing for a long time.
But now my collection has become large and I decided to reorganize it and set up convenient access. Decided that MusicBee has many advantages.
There was a problem: I am so used to control via Total Commander that it is not convenient for me to use MusicBee.

Please tell me how you can customize the view so that it is as similar as possible to the view in Windows Explorer or Total Commander?
To clarify a little, how the music is organized inside these main folders:
when I find new music it goes to the Inbox Music folder. From there I listen to it and decide what to do next. If I liked the album, I define it in some kind of folder of genre and sub-genre
within the "super genres" the structure is as follows: Artist / Album - Year / №.Title.mp3
Why can't I use folders from the "computer" section?
Because as soon as I go into any of these folders (main folders that contain tens of gigabytes of information) MusicBee scans. It sometimes lasts for several minutes. Moreover, every time it starts scanning from the very beginning .. But I have 27,000 files in these folders. If you click immediately on the "expand" arrow, then in such cases you can open the desired album immediately. But the fact is that even if you click on an artist that contains 10 albums, this folder also takes a long time to load.

Is there some way to disable or avoid this scan?
Don't get me wrong, maybe I'm a newbie, but I tried using the "music" and "music explorer" sections, but did not find something similar in the settings.
The thing is that in these sections "music", "music explorer" everything is displayed by artist, album. But I would like to access my these 4 mega-folders (the supergenres that I indicated at the beginning of the post) so that I can navigate there like in a file manager. How can you customize this?
I've tried grouping or sorting by "folder name" but these folders don't appear there, only their contents are mixed up. I'm not used to when everything is random.

Perhaps you would advise using genres, but it won't. The fact is that if I display the list by genre, firstly they will all be in an expanded state (so you have to scroll for a very long time to the desired genre), and secondly, there are so many unnecessary clarifications, like Progressive / Neoclasic / Power Metal ... All this is good. But this is confusing. Therefore, I store several genres and subgenres combined in one folder.
Again, I need a view in which I could navigate through these mega-folders without any problems (and constant scanning) in order to access any album.

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