Author Topic: MusicBee File Format  (Read 986 times)

gsbell

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I'm looking for some info on the .MBP MusicBee file format.  After years of using MusicBee, I have lots of Playlists that show they are missing locations of files (because files have been moved to better locations).  So what I want to do... is write an application that can read my .MBP files (all of them, and all the folders and subfolders they reference), and then for all the missing files, find them in that known folder structure and update the .MBP file to their new location.

Does that makes sense?  Anything that can do that already?

Thanks,
Gordon
MusicBee lover since 2013
Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 02:06:05 AM by gsbell

psychoadept

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The relink music file paths command in the file menu should do this for you
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gsbell

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No, that doesn't work.  It only works when updating ROOT location.

If I move:
D:\Music\Radio Birdman\Early Morning Gunk.mp3

To:
D:\Music\Australia\Radio Birdman\Early Morning Gunk.mp3

How does that help?  And if I moved hundreds of bands to different country folders (just an example)?

frankz

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You should move things from within Musicbee. Then this kind of thing wouldn't happen. Musicbee is great at moving things. Why wouldn't you utilize it?

Not so much for your per se but if someone is searching Google for "how to not wreck my Musicbee library"  and comes across this thread, it might be helpful.

For you, the obvious answer is to export the playlist in m3u, edit it in a text editor, and then reimport it.

But seriously people, stop needlessly wrecking your libraries.
Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 03:06:25 AM by frankz

gsbell

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My Libraries do not always revolve around MusicBee, so you're really being self-centered.

Wrecking Libraries?  Moving files outside of MusicBee is not wrecking.  Get serious!

Export the playlist, update it and re-import it.  Yeah that's the intention, but for hundreds of playlists.  So want to automate it. Get it?
Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 03:33:05 AM by gsbell

frankz

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Wrecking Libraries?

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hundreds of playlists.  

Automated, like creative humans can do.

Yes, that's what I'm saying. Thank you. Musicbee can move files in an automated way that you don't have to correct for afterward. I'm glad to have helped you understand.

gsbell

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NO, files get moved outside of MusicBee for many reasons.  It would be easy to correct playlists knowing the file format.

frankz

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If you want your playlists to keep working, they shouldn't.

Mine don't.

All of my playlists work.

See?

gsbell

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That's my point.  There should be app to update playlists to find out where missing songs have been moved in your known library folders.  It's not rocket science.

gsbell

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Why are you so argumentative about something so simple?

frankz

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If it was simple you wouldn't have posted.

I'm giving you good advice here bro. Reexamine the way you do things. Not every change has to be resisted. You're just doing it wrong.  It's ok, we all have at one point or another until someone gave us advice on how to do it correctly.

gsbell

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Moving files outside of MusicBee is not wrong, LOL LOL LOL.

frankz

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Moving files outside of MusicBee is not wrong, LOL LOL, LOL.
How are your playlists working LOL LOL LOL?

gsbell

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Moving files outside of MusicBee is not wrong, LOL LOL, LOL.
How are your playlists working LOL LOL LOL?

Real World Solutions!  I almost regret the $30 I just donated, because you're such a troll.  Shut up.
Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 03:58:25 AM by gsbell

gsbell

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So MusicBee .MBP file format is proprietary?  Anyway to update paths of files?