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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: File Organiser with conditional file naming
« on: June 14, 2010, 07:50:37 PM »
Alright, I gave the exceptions a whirl and am quite satisfied with the result. It's somewhat less flexible then what I'd have preferred, but definately quite workable. The only drawback I can see right now is that, given enough exceptions and weird conditions, the rules may become needlessly long.

A few things, tho:

- There is a "has no value" predicate, but it's inverse is missing and must be approximated ("is not ''"). If a file contains a tag with the empty string as its value, would "has no value" and "is ''" yield the same result; does a missing tag equal the empty string?

- Missing tags are determined without checking for exceptions. My main file naming template contains the <Album> field and an exception (when "Album is null") defines a template for singles that doesn't require that tag. However, it still complains about files without an Album tag having naming tags missing.

- Clicking the Cancel button discards changes made to the text boxes for file naming patterns; conversely, changes made to exception conditions are stored when the Exception Rules dialog is closed with Update and are not reversed when the file organiser is subsequently canceled.

- The checkboxes in the table used to indicate whether a file will/can be reorganised or if no action is required can be toggled manually, but such changes seem to be ignored.

Still, great work! :)

Portable Devices / Re: T715 bugged?
« on: June 14, 2010, 06:47:51 PM »
Yeah, I have. I've tried WinAmp, Windows Media Player (shudder), Sony Ericsson's Media Manager and plain Windows Explorer. Always the same result.
By the way, I just tried syncing music to the built-in phone memory instead of the SDHC card, and guess what? Well, it went a bit better then previously, but with similar results in the end. It managed to transfer 40MB of music files; 45MB of internal storage remain free.

14.06.2010 19:24:57 - 6.1.7600.0 - 1.2.3808.37986 - System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x8007001F): Ein an das System angeschlossenes Gerät funktioniert nicht. (Ausnahme von HRESULT: 0x8007001F)
   bei PortableDeviceApiLib.IPortableDeviceContent.CreateObjectWithPropertiesOnly(IPortableDeviceValues pValues, String& ppszObjectID)
   bei #=qPLmCanqBCU3w04YbmrpiafB2DNZfl9ZROWb7J2xCpyujaQ648v3_yAkfiX6$oCu6.#=qWdPD8TV0frkQuA3$A6xDlC0k7IizBtIbZLMrrto6lGA=.#=q94hK7rhcKL9wdQ2qokxyBg==(#=qDUUt63mB20zmKpLtSKy0BT87b2zzIwBi40DnugOmHFk= #=q7FuZAprQ9rken4D2udZgsA==)
[Note: translation = A device attached to the system is not functioning]

14.06.2010 19:24:57 - Create folder T715\Phone Memory\music\Led Zeppelin\Led Zeppelin IV\
14.06.2010 19:24:57 - 6.1.7600.0 - 1.2.3808.37986 - System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x8007001F): Ein an das System angeschlossenes Gerät funktioniert nicht. (Ausnahme von HRESULT: 0x8007001F)
   bei #=qPLmCanqBCU3w04YbmrpiafB2DNZfl9ZROWb7J2xCpyujaQ648v3_yAkfiX6$oCu6.#=qg9ME83GhECXTOKeAPgAtoqQg3Y3czHZlFKPSSINxzf0=.#=qfnEjx$E$xCAew7uq37hrmg==(#=qWdPD8TV0frkQuA3$A6xDlC0k7IizBtIbZLMrrto6lGA= #=qC32Bxe$WAo4Wu22vMot34mB2e9Y2qmDpyDM7AuNesz8=, #=qL8$FNUwe6$RhJWKItFxb5sh9D7o$epMDjM3OXAQswp8= #=q$EGmTKbx5BJjQYkgZPRglA==, Object[] #=qTEMY$D9RsIpvviwoh4Ny$g==)

14.06.2010 19:29:57 - 6.1.7600.0 - 1.2.3808.37986 - System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x802A0006): Der angeforderte Wert kann nicht ermittelt werden. (Ausnahme von HRESULT: 0x802A0006)
   bei PortableDeviceApiLib.IPortableDeviceContent.CreateObjectWithPropertiesOnly(IPortableDeviceValues pValues, String& ppszObjectID)
   bei #=qPLmCanqBCU3w04YbmrpiafB2DNZfl9ZROWb7J2xCpyujaQ648v3_yAkfiX6$oCu6.#=qWdPD8TV0frkQuA3$A6xDlC0k7IizBtIbZLMrrto6lGA=.#=q94hK7rhcKL9wdQ2qokxyBg==(#=qDUUt63mB20zmKpLtSKy0BT87b2zzIwBi40DnugOmHFk= #=q7FuZAprQ9rken4D2udZgsA==)
[Note: translation = The requested value cannot be determined.]

14.06.2010 19:29:57 - Create folder T715\Phone Memory\music\Queen\Greatest Hits\
14.06.2010 19:29:57 - 6.1.7600.0 - 1.2.3808.37986 - System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x802A0006): Der angeforderte Wert kann nicht ermittelt werden. (Ausnahme von HRESULT: 0x802A0006)
   bei #=qPLmCanqBCU3w04YbmrpiafB2DNZfl9ZROWb7J2xCpyujaQ648v3_yAkfiX6$oCu6.#=qg9ME83GhECXTOKeAPgAtoqQg3Y3czHZlFKPSSINxzf0=.#=qfnEjx$E$xCAew7uq37hrmg==(#=qWdPD8TV0frkQuA3$A6xDlC0k7IizBtIbZLMrrto6lGA= #=qC32Bxe$WAo4Wu22vMot34mB2e9Y2qmDpyDM7AuNesz8=, #=qL8$FNUwe6$RhJWKItFxb5sh9D7o$epMDjM3OXAQswp8= #=q$EGmTKbx5BJjQYkgZPRglA==, Object[] #=qTEMY$D9RsIpvviwoh4Ny$g==)

Just what the heck is this piece of sh...uboptimal engineering doing? ???

MusicBee Wishlist / Mobile device sync: Parallelize encoding/copying
« on: June 14, 2010, 06:34:47 PM »
This suggestion results from my attempts at syncing music to my phone. Failed attempts, but the suggestion might benefit anyone else who is lucky enough to own a phone that actually works. Anyways:

When copying many tracks which require recoding, the process of recoding and copying is serialized, i.e. while a track is encoded, nothing is copied, and vice versa. Considering the slow write speed of typical mobile device memories, parallelizing encoding and copying should speed up synchronisation significantly. Given that just about any computer sold in the last years has at least two CPU cores, you could most likely even run two encodings in parallel with the copying, in case a device exhibits very fast write speeds or MusicBee runs on a first generation Athlon X2 or similar hardware.

Portable Devices / Re: T715 bugged?
« on: June 14, 2010, 06:19:41 PM »
I guess I should try that, but this is a Sandisk SDHC card and the bug (?) appears after copying one to five songs to the completely empty card... I was hoping to solve this without throwing more money at the problem... but I might use this as an excuse to get a multiformat cardreader - with even cheapo low-fi grocery store PCs coming with gazillion-in-one cardreaders nowadays, it's kinda weird that this household has not a single one, anyways. ^^

Steven: that's sort of what I tried to find. Sony Ericsson doesn't host any forums and the tech support and FAQ are a bloody joke. Seriously, two out of three articles about problems with the phone firmware or hardware instruct you to remove the battery and try again. That'll make it work. Promise. That is the solution you were looking for <insert Jedi handwave>...

Portable Devices / T715 bugged?
« on: June 14, 2010, 04:44:19 AM »
Well, at least it does that in my dreams, shortly before I HULKZILLA-SMASH the little piece o'.... oh well.

I have a peculiar problem with this phone, and Google is abuzz with so much marketing cruft, 20-minute-reviews and outright junk that any solid information, if it exists out there, is so well hidden under that pile of electronic dung that I can't find it - so yeah, this forum isn't the best place to ask this, but I'm desperate.

When I have the phone attached to my computer over an USB cable and try to perform any kind of file management, including syncing music to the phone, regardless of the mode (USB mass storage device, MTP device), program or USB port, at some point the phone will just stop accepting new files, or responding to IO in general. At that point, any attempt to access the phone's memory (actually, an 8GB Micro SD card) results in the application (on the PC) hanging until I unplug the USB cable. I have:
- rebootet, PC and phone.
- updated the phone's software (well, tried to. It claims to be up to date).
- formatted the memory card, several times.
- tried all available USB connection modes.
- tried different USB ports.
- killed a chicken, painted my face with its blood, performed the rituals and called upon the arcane forces of the seventh hell of computer trickery (i.e. installed Win XP SP2 in a virtual machine, routed the USB port there and tried all the other crap - why? because I was too lazy fetching my laptop; I only did that after the XP VM failed as well - that is, the phone appeared fine, but would lock up as per the description above -, as did the laptop).

So, yeah. Help? Anyone? Pleeeeeeaaaase? ???

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: File Organiser with conditional file naming
« on: June 14, 2010, 02:32:17 AM »
If you would like to try out for testing please let me know
Letting you know...

(There's a stupid German pun where someone says "sag' bescheid" (englisch: let me know), and the other guy yells "Bescheeiid!!"... but I digress.)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Removing MP3/FLAC Dupes
« on: June 12, 2010, 03:19:03 AM »
Hm, basically, what you want is first: a way to tell MusicBee which files you consider duplicates, e.g. same tag metadata but different type; or same audio fingerprint, for the paranoid. Second: a way to tell MusicBee which file among any given set of duplicates is to be considered the "main" file; e.g. given a FLAC and an MP3, the MP3 is the dupe; given three AAC files, the two with the lesser bitrates are dupes. (As a logical consequence, you'd also need a way to tell MB about exceptions, in case it comes to believe a file is a dupe when it really isn't.) Three: a table (actually, two separate but linked tables) view with "main" files left and their dupes right, where unduped files don't show up.

The rest can be done with existing features. Use the new UI to review your possible dupes, reorganize the dupes somewhere else within the library and add a library filter to hide these "recognized" dupes.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: File Organiser with conditional file naming
« on: June 02, 2010, 02:32:43 PM »
Just wondering, are you considering this at all? (Also, bump. :P)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: about genre auto-tagging etc
« on: June 02, 2010, 02:31:15 PM »
Yeah, it would make the tables illegible in some cases.
Alternatively, when a file has more then one genre, you might want to add an icon to the genre column (a little grey bold + or something similar?) and show the additional genres in a popup or tooltip when hovering over the column.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Matrix Mixer
« on: May 31, 2010, 02:25:58 PM »
If the default way of stereo upmixing somehow correlates with my matrix, I'd be happy with that for now. ;)

I'm a bit sceptical, tho. All the Winamp DSP filters I've found try to do more and just end up failing. I've had one that produced ugly noise on the rear speakers, another couldn't deal with mono files and ended up putting that on the center speaker only, and the list goes on. :(

MusicBee Wishlist / Matrix Mixer
« on: May 30, 2010, 11:59:47 PM »
I only own a cheap Logitech surround speaker set (which doesn't mean it's bad, mind you). To get the most out of stereo music (save for classical pieces), I've found that a matrix mixer is ideally suited to achieve a well defined and voluminous music experience. Unfortunately, Google failed me and I've not found a compatible DSP plugin for MusicBee, so I'd like to put this on the wishlist instead:
~ If it's not already possible, support multi-channel audio files, such as 5.1 AC3 audio recordings, and multi-channel audio output.
~ Please build a matrix mixer into MusicBee. It should automatically select a suitable user-defined matrix depending on criteria such as source audio chanels and file type (or disable itself when the source has more then 2 channels).

I'm sure this is unnecessary, but here's a screenshot of ffdshow's matrix mixer to illustrate what I'm looking for:

MusicBee Wishlist / Albums & Tracks View
« on: May 30, 2010, 09:22:44 PM »
As requested:
And finally, a suggestion: the Album and Tracks view layout configuration is a bit restrictive. I could really use a fourth line and optional linebreaking for long lines might be useful as well. (And when a field is empty, the line should be skipped/removed rather than result in a vertical space. ;))

MusicBee Wishlist / File Organiser with conditional file naming
« on: April 09, 2010, 05:24:07 AM »

I've started using MusicBee as my music tagger and manager of choice, but there is still some manual work involved when moving new music to my library.

I like to keep my music organized by Genre - AlbumArtist - Album, but that doesn't make sense in some cases. My collection of anime soundtracks, for instance, looks much nicer when everything is sorted by the title of the show, not the album artist. So when a track's Genre is "Anime", I organise it as Genre - Grouping - Album since I "abuse" the Grouping field to store the title of the show an OST Album or OP/ED Single belongs to.

So, in essence, what I'm looking for is an extended file naming preset syntax that supports some conditional logic. As an example, in this specific case:
<Genre>\<IF Genre == "Anime"><Grouping><ELSE><AlbumArtist><ENDIF>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> <Title>
The syntax is made up and might be quite different, of course. As long as the statements may be nested...

And another example:
<Genre>\<IF AlbumArtist == "Various Artists">Compilations<ELSE>Albums\<AlbumArtist><ENDIF>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> <IF AlbumArtist == "Various Artists"><Artist> - <ENDIF><Title>

With a little tweaking, I could make a "one preset fits all" preset to sort my entire collection JUST the way I want it, and that, truly, would make MusicBee perfect. :o)

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