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Questions / Tags(2) Language 'zxx' and Lyrics 'no lyrics'
« on: February 08, 2021, 11:02:38 AM »
I'm tidying up my music files and looking at the "language" option under Tags (2).  AFAIK, zxx is the code for songs with no lyrics or 'No linguistic content, Not applicable' to use the ISO-639 jargon.  However, under the lyrics tab, there is also an option 'mark as having no lyrics'.

Changing one does not affect the other so I guess they are not related.  Or are they?

I guess my question is twofold:
1. Am I comparing apples and oranges - the 'language' and 'no lyrics' boxes serve two separate functions?  Maybe I am misunderstanding what the language box is for?
2. How do you mark music as having no lyrics (the language tab or the no lyrics tickbox)?  Which is the best option?

Thanks in advance.

Questions / Rename one library and delete a second?
« on: June 12, 2020, 03:29:10 PM »
I have two libraries.  I would like to rename one library and delete a second one.

In this 2015 thread, Jorge24 suggested:

1. Rename the library folder (by default named "MusicBee" and located at C:\<username>\Music\MusicBee) to what you want the library to be called.
2. Run MusicBee. It'll say that your library can't be found and you need to relocate it.
3. Select your library file in the renamed folder to relocate it.

Is this advice still current today and for v3.3.7367?  Will this method keep my metadata like ratings, playlists etc.

Secondly, I have another library that I would like to delete/remove from MusicBee.  Is it as simple as deleting the 'Library2' folder from C:\...username\Music\Library2 that contains the .mbl etc files.  I'm asking about the library and not the actual music files.

Thanks in advance.

Questions / Sorting problem: some albums mixed together in one genre
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:17:14 AM »
I'm having a problem sorting my albums in one genre (Unplugged).  I get 2 or 3 albums clumped together while others in the same genre are listed ok.

It happens when viewing in 'Album and Tracks' and 'Album Covers'.  Sorting is by 'Album Artist/Year/Album'.  The albums have been processed by MusicBrainz Picard.

I picked 2 albums as an example:
1. Alainis Morissette, MTV Unplugged (1999)
2. Alice in Chains, MTV Unplugged (1996)

If I select a few files and look at 'Files with Inconsistent Sort Tags', it gives these error messsages:
Example A:
Inconsistent Sort Tags Sort Artist
file = Morissette, Alanis database = <null> Sort Composer
file= Ballard, Glen; Morissette, Alanis database = <null>

Example B:
Inconsistent Sort Tags Sort Artist
file = Alice in Chains database = <null> Sort Composer
file = Cantrell, Jerry database = <null>

Hopefully, that all makes sense to somebody!

I'd be grateful if anyone had suggestions or ideas on how to fix this.


I'm trying to find out which of my files do not have any MusicBrainz tags associated with them.

I've tried searching for the answer but the more I read, the more confused I get :)  I think I have to set up a virtual tag to look for, say, Musicbrainz_TrackID, then use ASR to copy that to a custom tag and finally filter/playlist for that?  I'm very confused about it and would appreciate any help.  Or maybe there's an easier way!

My normal workflow is EAC --> Musicbrainz Picard --> Musicbee.  And I'm on v. 3.3.7115


I'm beginning to doubt my sanity :) Is it possible to find out what I've deleted from MusicBee in the past year or two or longer.  I seem to have 'mislaid some of my albums :)

I'm using the lockdown time to tidy up my music in Musicbee (upgrade from mp3 to FLAC).  I looked for my Norah Jones albums and they weren't there.  I couldn't find them in Musicbee or in Microsoft's file explorer either.  Now it's entirely possible I never added them or perhaps I deleted them accidently?

Also, when I searched my entire C: drive, it found this file 'Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones.similar.dat' in 'C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\ArtistData' which would suggest there were 'some' Norah Jones' music files in MusicBee at some point?

It's not the end of the world because I have to rip the CD's anyways but it would be nice to recover the ratings & playcount, if possible.

Thanks in advance.

* Edit: I forgot to mention I also rescanned my external hard drive for all music files and nada...

Apologies in advance if this is an Android problem but I'm tearing my hair out trying to fix this.

In MusicBee 2.5, when synching files to an external Android device, the only option is 'phone_name/internal storage'.  I believe MB gets this location from Windows7 on my computer.  However, the new Marshmallow OS with adoptable storage has a new location called, I believe, 'phone_name/storage/emulated/0'.  I'm not sure Win7 recognises this new location.  This causes conflicts when exporting music.

More info:
Android's latest OS, Marshmallow, offers a feature called 'adoptable storage' where the internal memory and the external/ SD card are combined into one block of memory.  The SD card is converted to a file format (.ext4?) and encrypted.  Android automatically moves apps and data around the 2 storage areas.  However, Windows does not recogise this ext4 file format.  So when I plug in my phone to the computer using MTP, the computer (and Musicbee?) just recognises the 'internal storage' and not the combined memory block.

Using 2 file managers on my android phone, I think this memory block is called 'storage/emulated/0'.

My Galaxy S4 phone has 8Gb internal memory and a 32Gb SD card.

Windows7/MusicBee only seems to recognise the 8Gb internal memory.  The only export option I get with MusicBee at 'media storage/storage path' is 'phone_name/internal storage'.  So when I try to synch 10+Gb of music, I run out of memory because MB is filling up the internal storage first.

I guessing/hoping if I could change the synch location to 'phone_name/storage/emulated/0/folder', MB might send the music files to the SD card or Marshmallow's bigger adoptable storage?

Thanks in advance.

Edited to change 'export' to 'synch'

I'd like to synch my playlists with my Android phone (Galaxy S4 with CM13/Marshmallow ROM) but also for the playcount on the phone to feed back to the larger MB database (v2.5) on my Windows 7 desktop.

Synching works fine with RocketPlayer, PlayerPro and CM's 'Music' app.   I've tried each one on their own so, hopefully, avoiding synching to a non-default/'wrong' music player.

Reading through the forums here led me to RocketPlayer in particular.  It occurred to me that *I'm* doing something wrong :P  and I could spend a long time just going around in circles looking for a solution. 

So I'm looking to see if anyone else has successfully gotten playcount/'2 way synch' working and, in particular, what app they used on their phone.  Once I know a certain combo works, I can focus on that combination...

Thanks in advance.

P.S. Yes, I do have '2 way synch' ticked in the settings :)

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