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SamS

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Steven & MB Members.
I know am ‘Newbie’ to the forum. Indulge me for moment. I think MB is by far best available Music Manager software.

I want offer a great BIIIG thanks to Steven & all those who helped develop MB & right now the “Relink Music Path” feature. Also, the same who developed & many other members’ posts, question replies, & threads significantly helped me learn & feel confident with ‘Relink’ (+ MB overall).

I have just solved one of two big problems I brought with me from early days of digital music using iTunes, Media Player, Media Monkey & Helium Music Manager. ‘Relink’ allowed me to easily eliminate an albatross (rec by Helium expert user) of a Library file path (go ahead, laugh…lol):

C:\Users\User\Music\_Teresa & Sam Music MP3 Files\_Our Music Files\_Collections\

to one which is much more manageable:

C:\Music-T_S Tracks\

IMO few ‘Relink’ keys are to make all your moves within MB ‘Computer File Explorer Node’, give software time to work…especially ‘Monitored Folder’ feature (8900+ tracks take time), & ‘ReScan’_ ‘ReScan’_ ‘ReScan’.

I am well on my way having MB configured such it resembles record bins of my 1960’s early teen youth. Spent hours thumbing through 45s, 33 1/3s & even 8-tracks. Usually only had $ to purchase one at a time physical media which resulted in a 1000+ count collection.

On to being more involved in the forum, support MB ($), & using ‘Organise’ feature for a consistent track file naming convention.

SamS   
8) Sam S

SolonKassulke

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I have experimented with various music player programs, including Winamp. While Winamp has its merits, I must admit that its user interface feels a bit outdated. This prompted me to search for alternative options. I tried another popular program, but unfortunately, no matter how much I tweaked the settings, I couldn't achieve the desired sound quality. Fortunately, my quest led me to discover the remarkable MusicBee. It's an exceptional program that has impressed me greatly.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the developer and the entire MusicBee team for creating such a fantastic application. This program has brought me immense enjoyment and countless hours of listening pleasure. It works flawlessly with my new RME ADI 2 DAC, and the combination of the two feels like a match made in heaven.

Once again, thank you to the developer and team behind MusicBee for their outstanding work. I am truly excited about the countless enjoyable listening experiences that await me.

hiccup

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Welcome to the forum SolonKassulke

It's always nice to see somebody taking the effort to join the forum solely for expressing his appreciation.
(and you didn't even complain about effing captchas ;-)

(just speaking as an individual, not some team-member or developer)
Last Edit: January 04, 2024, 04:57:32 PM by hiccup

AlltidHungrig

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I was hoping for a web form or email but since this thread existed I thought I'd register anyway just to express how impressed I was with musicbee after using it last year.  It's snappy and easy to use — basically a more useful iTunes. It's obvious that a lot of effort went into creating it.

Now, I usually express gratitude to software projects by sharing feedback and first impressions, because that's what I'd value. That said I'm aware this might be all the same to this project due to its already large user base, and I wrote this while I used it (in 2023), so it might not have been the latest version. If any seasoned user thinks any of the following observations are worth mentioning in some more "official" channel then feel free to point it out, but here's my "thanks, and here's some things I ran into in my first use":

My use case was to organize thousands of files that had all been shoved into a nonsense folder structure by Windows chkdsk after an epic NTFS failure.

Most things in the application worked just fine, so I'll just mention those that didn't (or that I couldn't make work):

* Could not exclusively select albums with a dynamic (computed) track count of more than 1 (for organizing only these files — I want to avoid hundreds of folders containing one file each, since I'd rather just put them all in an "unsorted" folder)
    * Could not sort albums on dynamic track count (albums were in seemingly random order when using a custom sorting on "track count", leading me to believe it's a static property)
    * Could not select multiple albums in the side-pane (the only view that actually had the above mentioned sorting capability)
* Could not select multiple rows in the file organizer window (shift-clicking). Deselecting 100 files becomes impractical.
* When customizing columns in the song list, several concepts are mixed together: "fields" (tags/metadata) and file system properties like path, folder and file name. Very difficult to know whether "album track count" is a dynamic (computed) property or a static metadata field stored inside each file. Not knowing this makes it difficult to use sorting and filtering properly.
* Not possible to group by absolute file path (excluding file name). Seems it's only possible to group by parent folder name, making it impossible to differentiate between files in distinct folders that have the same folder name.
* After removing items in a "Edit > Find" result by sending them to rescan and accepting the suggested removal, they're still visible in the result with no obvious way to refresh the results, other than to perform a new Find.



Some playback issues (less important for my use case of organization):

* Playback of an inaccessible song (marked with an X in the queue) refuses to retry accessing the file even when I try to skip to the song manually, after having made the song accessible. This refusal to retry only makes sense when the skipping is done automatically, to avoid infinite retries. Clicking the song in the queue works, though -- just not with the Next Track button.
* Right-clicking the Music library in the side pane and once again selecting "play library shuffled" will not repopulate the queue with new (now accessible) songs. It's now impossible to play the library shuffled even though the files have been made accessible.
* If I manually click two items in the queue, thus marking them as accessible again, and then shuffle play my entire library, then only the songs I clicked will be enqueued — over and over again. No sign of the rest of the library. I have to restart the application to work around this.

Right now the application is effectively saying "there's something wrong here, but even if you fix it it won't make any difference". The most obvious solution to this problem from my perspective would be to flag each action as either user initiated or automatic, thereby making it possible to apply sanity checks only to automatic actions.


Minor UI issues:

* It's unclear that the top left menu button is actually two separate buttons.
* It's unclear how to exit the mini player, since the top left menu is now gone; the right-click context menu does not give any clues.
* It's not obvious how "play Library shuffled" interacts with the Shuffle playback button; it rather appears that "play Library shuffled" means "populate queue randomly and play it non-shuffled". A little difficult to wrap my head around. Also, non-shuffled and Auto DJ result in the same queue in this case, which I also can't explain. Note that I haven't actually used the application for serious playback of music — I've mostly played around with it to see how it's been designed.

Once again, just a compilation of observations because I like analyzing UI, etc., and my way of saying thanks. To be extra clear, I wrote all of the above while using it and I'm not expecting anyone to act on any of this, but if experienced users think any of it seems worth posting separately somewhere feel free to suggest it.

I was able to rescue most of the messed up directories thanks to musicbee 👌

PS. I got the impression it's tradition to mention CAPTCHA: it made me concede that spiders are insects 😭😭

boroda

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It's always nice to see somebody taking the effort to join the forum solely for expressing his appreciation.
(and you didn't even complain about effing captchas ;-)

+1. contrary to a few "newbies", which haven't been too lazy to register and pass the capture only to express their "disappointment" by MB  ;D

HBY14

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If there's one thing I'm appreciative of, it's how simple it is for those that need simple, and powerful for those that need power. Mainly just used it for playing stuff, but I've started adding radio streams to it. There's lots of things I haven't played around with, but I reckon I can find some. Recently discovered the sleep function (thank you to whoever asked that question - saved me from asking it) and I'm sure that there are other things that'll come in handy

helloindustries

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Just another check-in post saying i'm still using MusicBee and still finding it to be the best i know of.
It has, in fact, been the reason i've switched back to Windows from Linux a few times (i know i can still run it, but what's the point of switching OS if i'm just going to ignore native apps?).

The only thing i've noticed of late is the seemingly long time since a new version of any kind was released via the 'Latest version' thread.
What i have works great, and i can't remember the last time i had even a slight issue, but i do worry that development may have ended (which given the age of the project would not be unreasonable), though i'm trying to think of it as not needing an update because everything works so well.

Anyway. I'm sure i'll come back in a year or so to gush once again!

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*clears throat* Um, hi. I'm still alive and still using MusicBee. It's still the best. The addition of more custom tags has moved things from where I'm used to looking for them, but I'm happy to see it. :D

I've been getting back into my music habits lately, after a long sort of circular journey that pulled me away. I didn't want to jump back in with a random bug report, though.
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*clears throat* Um, hi. I'm still alive and still using MusicBee.
Welcome back!
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Phaedrus

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*clears throat* Um, hi. I'm still alive and still using MusicBee. It's still the best.

Thank the Maker! I was a little worried because I didn't see you posting.

I was off chasing rabbits down their holes and only came back in the last week or two since I was forced into buying a new car. Glad to see all the old guard still kicking around.
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Dear MusicBee Team,

I am writing to express my deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks for the incredible music player you have created. As an old-timer audiophile with a substantial collection of around 100,000 meticulously tagged FLAC files, I have long relied on JRiver Media Center to manage and play my music. However, after discovering MusicBee, I am utterly amazed and delighted by what your software offers.

MusicBee is a joy to work with, and it has proven to be an audiophile's dream! The ease of use, the intuitive and beautifully designed GUI, and the powerful features all contribute to an exceptional listening experience. It is evident that the team behind MusicBee truly loves music and has mastered the art of GUI design.

The fact that MusicBee is available for free is mind-boggling. Your generosity in providing such a high-quality music player without charge is truly commendable. It has significantly enhanced my enjoyment of my music collection, and I am incredibly grateful for your hard work and dedication.

Thank you once again for creating and maintaining such a wonderful piece of software. MusicBee has become an indispensable part of my music journey, and I look forward to many more years of musical enjoyment with your outstanding player.

With deepest appreciation,
Tomer Jacobson