Author Topic: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable  (Read 10747 times)


hiccup

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Perhaps this location for TM's should be added?:
https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=39390.msg212893#msg212893

Doing a speed-read on it, I am a bit confused if this is about Theater Modes or Skins though.

karbock

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Perhaps this location for TM's should be added?:
https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=39390.msg212893#msg212893

Doing a speed-read on it, I am a bit confused if this is about Theater Modes or Skins though.

In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
There are 2 «Add Skin» commands:
  • one for skins (which copies the file to «%APPDATA%\MusicBee\Skins», see F.1)
  • one for theater modes (which copies the file to «%APPDATA%\MusicBee\Plugins\TheaterMode.List», see F.2)

hiccup

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In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
Ah, O.K. I overlooked that.
But other users might too? Not everybody will fully understand the workings of %APPDATA%?
(not a strong opinion, your call of course)

sveakul

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I just have to say, wouldn't the music world would be so much simpler if everyone just used the P-O-R-T-A-B-L-E version of MusicBee?  Got multiple users on the same PC with their own preferences?  Just make multiple portable installs in differently named folders.  Like, where is the disadvantage?

phred

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Like, where is the disadvantage?
There is no disadvantage. I think those users who don't use the Store (yech) or the Portable versions are folks who aren't too conversant with PCs in general. They don't understand unzipping and placing in a directory of your choice. Or even having the knowledge to select a directory for the portable files. Simply clicking on "install" takes all the guess work out of it for those PC neophytes.

EDIT: correction
Last Edit: May 31, 2023, 09:07:01 PM by phred
Download the latest MusicBee v3.5 or 3.6 patch from here.
Unzip into your MusicBee directory and overwrite existing files.

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hiccup

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Like, where is the disadvantage?
There is no disadvantage.
Luckily, using the portable version is already strongly recommended and well-explained in the F.A.Q. under items #1a, #1b and #1c.
(oh wait, there hasn't been a functional F.A.Q. for a while)

sveakul

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I think those users who don't use the Store (yech) or the Portable versions are folks who aren't too conversant with PCs in general.
phred I think you meant to say "..who USE the Store or the INSTALLER versions.."

karbock

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In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
Ah, O.K. I overlooked that.
But other users might too? Not everybody will fully understand the workings of %APPDATA%?
(not a strong opinion, your call of course)
I've just added some explanation about the environment variables used.

phred

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phred I think you meant to say "..who USE the Store or the INSTALLER versions.."
Of course I did. Thanks for catching that. I'll edit it.
Download the latest MusicBee v3.5 or 3.6 patch from here.
Unzip into your MusicBee directory and overwrite existing files.

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The Wiki
Posting screenshots is here
Searching the forum with Google is  here

Gendji

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No idea if this is something that belongs in this guide but while trying to make the switch to portable, i noticed that the podcast graphics i use are stored at "L:\Users\*.*\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\Subscriptions\".

The links can be found in the Subscriptions.dat file under \Library\*.*\Podcasts\.

I changed the .dat file with a text editor replaced "L:\Users\*.*\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\Subscriptions\" with "\MusicBeePortable\AppData\InternalCache\Subscriptions\" and it worked.

karbock

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No idea if this is something that belongs in this guide but while trying to make the switch to portable, i noticed that the podcast graphics i use are stored at "L:\Users\*.*\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\Subscriptions\".

The links can be found in the Subscriptions.dat file under \Library\*.*\Podcasts\.

I changed the .dat file with a text editor replaced "L:\Users\*.*\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\Subscriptions\" with "\MusicBeePortable\AppData\InternalCache\Subscriptions\" and it worked.

Thanks for your contribution, Gendji! It fits perfectly within the purview of this thread.
I have just updated the main post accordingly.

Gendji

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Thanks for your contribution, Gendji! It fits perfectly within the purview of this thread.
I have just updated the main post accordingly.

Happy to help, and thank you very much for the guide, finally managed to go portable :)

Gendji

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One other thing i noticed while figuring out how to get file associations working with portable.

No idea if that works for everyone but when i started portable as administrator, the file associations that i had with the installed version, where saved in the registry, assigned to portable. So .flac, .mp3 etc., open portable MB and play when clicked in explorer for example. That's all i had to do to make it work. 

Hope i am making sense.