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  2. Hi Jason, Thanks for getting back to me. I have tested over the past month or so since I posted this and strangely enough, for the most part, after making this post it seems that MBA, rather than start playback at the next queued track, would simply just close itself when I turned off the projector. I would know the application is open when I powered off my projector yet the next morning it would be closed and not running. This I guess is preferable behavior to what I originally posted as it's really no big loss at all to close the application, but to me it is still weird that it's happening at all. I leave a bunch of other applications running (browsers, Launchbox πŸ˜› Steam, Microsoft Word Excel etc.) and they remain totally unaffected whether my display is on or not. Anyways, over the past week, including last night, I encountered the original reported behavior (playback starting at next track) 3 times. I am running video and audio through my gtx970 card into my audio receiver which then sends video to the projector and audio to my surround system. I'm not sure if/how/why any of that would be relevant but yes this is a bit of a strange issue lol.. perhaps that kind of set it up is a smaller use case for your audience but I don't think it's terribly uncommon and I'm not sure why any of that would be relevant to how the application behaves within Windows. Anywho I just figured you may want that brought to your attention. Thanks for all your hard work! Looking forward to the next release 😎
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  4. Sorry for the delay on this @A-Noid. The easiest way to handle this would be to modify the album names of the two albums to include the edition information (snapper edition vs. US edition). You should be able to do this either in MBA or in Mp3tag.
  5. I purchased Launchbox from the UK, so the $20 converted to about Β£16 at the time, exactly as expected as it was the current exchange rate.
  6. Hi bandthingy, I'm sorry you were surprised that you were charged a US dollar amount. To be honest, we've been selling LaunchBox Premium and now Music Box Alpha for more than a few years and it's never come up as an issue, and I'll admit I've never even thought about it. You do make a good point though. If you'd like a refund, just let me know.
  7. the prices listed on the website for licences need to be specified as US prices
  8. This is the play list in MBA for Aqua: 1 Aqua, Part 1 Asia       2 2019-07-28 2:27 1 Aqua, Part 1 Asia       0 Never 2:26 2 Who Will Stop the Rain Asia       1 2019-03-09 4:35 2 Who Will Stop the Rain? Asia       0 Never 4:35 3 Back in Town Asia       1 2019-03-09 4:09 3 Lay Down Your Arms Asia       0 Never 4:14 4 Love Under Fire Asia       1 2019-03-09 5:15 4 Heaven on Earth Asia       0 Never 4:54 5 Someday Asia       1 2019-03-09 5:48 5 Someday Asia       0 Never 5:49 6 Little Rich Boy Asia       1 2019-03-09 4:37 6 Crime of the Heart Asia       0 Never 5:57 7 The Voice of Reason Asia       1 2019-03-09 5:37 7 A Far Cry Asia       0 Never 5:30 8 Lay Down Your Arms Asia       1 2019-03-09 4:14 8 Back in Town Asia       0 Never 4:09 9 Crime of the Heart Asia       1 2019-03-09 5:57 9 Don’t Call Me Asia       0 Never 4:56 10 A Far Cry Asia       0 Never 5:30 10 Love Under Fire Asia       0 Never 5:14 11 Don't Call Me Asia       0 Never 4:55 11 The Voice of Reason Asia       0 Never 5:36 12 Heaven on Earth Asia       0 Never 4:54 12 Aqua, Part 2 Asia       0 Never 2:10 13 Aqua, Part 2 Asia       0 Never 2:14 14 Obsession Asia       0 Never 4:57
  9. As expected, Mp3tag labels both albums as "Aqua". I would want to modify the data in MBA, so that I can separate the two albums. When MBA puts them together as a single album, then I can't listen to them easily, independently without maybe playlists. 0.17 allowed this and didn't override the XML changes that I made. 0.18 will override my edits to the XML the next time I start MBA. Change <Album>Aqua</Album> to <Album>Aqua (Snapper Edition)</Album> and <Album>Aqua (U.S. Edition)</Album> Once I've edited the XML through either your editor in MBA or manually, I want MBA to leave the changes alone and not update on startup. Maybe add a flag that album has been edited? Here's the first song from the 2 albums in Songs.dat. As you can see that both Albums are set to just "Aqua". Also, Snapper has 14 tracks where US Edition has 12 tracks. <LastUpdatedFromFile>0001-01-01T00:00:00-05:00</LastUpdatedFromFile> </Song> <Song> <FilePath>Music\Asia - [1998] Aqua (Snapper Edition)\Asia - [1998] Aqua (Snapper Edition).flac</FilePath> <MusicFolder>Music</MusicFolder> <Artist>Asia</Artist> <Title>Aqua, Part 1</Title> <Album>Aqua</Album> <Date>1992</Date> <Composer /> <AlbumArtist>Asia</AlbumArtist> <TrackNumber>1</TrackNumber> <TotalTracks>14</TotalTracks> <DiscNumber>1</DiscNumber> <TotalDiscs>1</TotalDiscs> <Length>1471330000</Length> <StartPosition>0</StartPosition> <EndPosition>147133</EndPosition> <StarRating>0</StarRating> <PlayCount>2</PlayCount> <LastPlayed>2019-07-28T17:45:22.1020148-04:00</LastPlayed> <FirstPlayed>2019-03-09T15:18:39.1056668-05:00</FirstPlayed> <Added>2019-03-09T14:49:42.7180642-05:00</Added> <Missing>false</Missing> <LastUpdatedFromFile>0001-01-01T00:00:00-05:00</LastUpdatedFromFile> </Song> <Song> <FilePath>Music\Asia - [1992] Aqua (U.S. Edition)\Asia - [1992] Aqua (U.S. Edition).flac</FilePath> <MusicFolder>Music</MusicFolder> <Artist>Asia</Artist> <Title>Aqua, Part 1</Title> <Album>Aqua</Album> <Date>1992</Date> <Composer /> <AlbumArtist>Asia</AlbumArtist> <TrackNumber>1</TrackNumber> <TotalTracks>12</TotalTracks> <DiscNumber>1</DiscNumber> <TotalDiscs>1</TotalDiscs> <Length>1462660000</Length> <StartPosition>0</StartPosition> <EndPosition>146266</EndPosition> <StarRating>0</StarRating> <PlayCount>0</PlayCount> <LastPlayed>0001-01-01T00:00:00-05:00</LastPlayed> <FirstPlayed>0001-01-01T00:00:00-05:00</FirstPlayed> <Added>2019-03-09T15:06:42.0912335-05:00</Added> <Missing>false</Missing> <LastUpdatedFromFile>0001-01-01T00:00:00-05:00</LastUpdatedFromFile> </Song>
  10. I know this thread is a couple of months old, but if anyone else is having this issue, change your CD Audio setting (Pure Read) to Master mode and you should be able to rip CDs with your drive. You can change this with your drive's manufacturer tool. I'm using an external Pioneer Bluray drive. Also, double check your Destination Folder settings in MBA (Settings -> CD Ripping -> Destination Folder). You have to specify a folder here and you may have had this setting cleared when you updated (I did and am not sure which update it was). I was so happy when my disc I was testing finally spit out that perfect rip. Have fun guys!
  11. Hmm, it sounds like maybe MBA isn't properly updating the file tags for those songs, if they're reverting. What happens if you open up the files in Mp3tag? Do they have the proper album names?
  12. Jason Carr

    Alexa Skill

    Thank you KJD; that is good to know. I haven't done any research to determine how feasible that is, but I'll put that on my long-term list.
  13. I have two different versions of the Asia Aqua album. One is from Snapper and the other is the U.S. version. The Snapper version has bonus tracks and the tracks are in a different order. With 0.17, I was able to place these two albums and alter the Album tag as "Aqua (Snapper Edition)" and "Aqua (U.S. Edition)". Now with 0.18, I can edit the values using the new meta data edit or in the XML file, but Music Box always overrides my settings and places both of the albums in a single album. It renames the album tag in the XML to just "Aqua" for all tracks on both albums. Is there any way to force the update, so that Music Box will not update my values on start? Thanks, A-Noid
  14. Yes Audiobook support would be awesome! This is Music Box but may need to become Audio Box πŸ™‚ I have a lot of audiobooks I would like to keep organized in the same program as music especially if the program could be setup as a media server. Thanks for considering.
  15. KJDfamily

    Alexa Skill

    I know the description of this forum heading says make requests through a link in the header but I don't see a link in the header to request features. Soooo... Please consider making a way to integrate Music Box with Alexa so we can play media from our library throughout our house with alexa's multiroom music playback. Making an alexa skill would probably be the most practical way of doing this. Having a skill that allows people to play their audio through Alexa would bring ALOT of traffic/attention to the project. Currently the best option is through plex but it has it's limitations. Playing music through an echo is mainly limited to streaming services which people that have a large library of audio files really don't want to pay for. Including this feature would add a ton of value to the project.
  16. Hehehe, thank you @quantock; all great to hear. All noted as well. We did just add metadata editing, so we're close to having those mp3tag features integrated, though we still need the ability to change the images in the tags. Most of the things you mentioned were already planned, and I've noted the new requests.
  17. Hi Jason, I have been really enjoying MBA and bought a license as I began to approach the 1000 song limit πŸ™‚ Thanks for being so responsive via the forums... I also feel like some of my suggestions from this thread potentially inspired some of the features included in the last release.. namely the right click go to folder option and the bar loading animation which is a nice touch and good solution to the semi-awkward loading periods i mentioned in my OP. I was def happy to see these features included! After some more time with the program I have come up with another list of ideas I'd like to share with you. Before doing that though I want to respond to some of the other posters as well as you: It seems like Discogs has a lot of additional artwork and scans for many of the albums in its database. That could be a good place to start. Also just including support for us to manually put the files in a directory (and each album would have its own directory with the name of the album?) and pull them by filename or something would be nice as well. I'm sure the way you have it working in Launchbox could be well adapted. I really like the idea of using a collage and/or slide show of album art in place of artists who don't have pictures. This could also be a cool option even for artists you DO have pictures for. You could choose in settings to show Artist picture in background, or a collage or slide show of album art, or have it randomly pick each time you click a new artist, or cycle through them... also having support for multiple artist pictures so you can have a slide show or have it pick a random one for background would be nice. Having support for musicbrainz would be nice.. I use MBA in tandem with mp3tag which seems to work well. I read somewhere else you thought about including mp3tag functionality which surely would be nice.. i don't mind using it separately though . It works well with being able to easily open the location of songs/albums now, and doing quick metadata touch up via MBA is working well after the latest release. Again I have no problem doing bulk metadata fixing up via mp3tag. I already mentioned this in my OP and have seen some other posters mention it elsewhere on the forum but I would like to reiterate how absolutely AWESOME it would be if Albums would list in order of release date rather than alphabetical . I don't imagine this would be very hard to implement and it would be great to see ASAP imo. I'm not sure how you plan to implement this if you've thought about it already.. in the right click menu having "Organize by: > Alphabetical / Year (Release Date)" Or have a Toggle switch / drop down (if more than 2 ways of organizing are included) up at the top of the UI or something? Anyways here is my 2nd batch of fresh ideas.. A lot of times when I click an album that is currently on the bottom row... it seems like nothing happens. so without thinking I click it again thinking my click "didn't register".. it usually takes me 3-5 seconds of staring at my screen to notice oh.. the album opened up below what is currently visible, so i have to scroll down to see the track listing... would it be possible to auto scroll the screen down to accomodate the tracklist that just spawned so it is in focus and totally visible? Pressing F5 to trigger a metadata and/or image refresh on the currently selected item would be fantastic πŸ˜„ I'm sure you are planning on this but being able to interact with the Now Playing queue would obviously be great.. being able to insert tracks into an active queue (drag and drop and/or right click item and select (add to Now playing queue)) / being able to reorder songs in queue (drag and drop and/or right click move up move down move to top move to bottom etc.)/ being able to remove songs from queue (right click, remove from now playing) would all be great to see sooner than later πŸ˜„ For mice that have forward/back buttons, supporting these would be great for navigating the interface! Being able to control the Psychedelic color changing setting would be cool. For starters, changing the speed the colors cycle would be nice. Also being able to choose your color gradient (instead of full rainbow, just orange and blue, or yellow green and red, etc. maybe up to 2 3 or 4 colors,) to go even further - for reference look at RGB case lighting or keyboards with rgb lighting software and what they offer - various settings such as color wave, color strobe, sync color to sound volume etc. etc. Obviously not essential but would def be fun & cool and give your application further unique appeal πŸ™‚ I think these would all make nice additions to the experience.. hopefully some (or all 🀞) sound worthwhile & enticing to you as well Thanks again for both LB & MBA... it's almost as much (or even more!) fun playing with these apps than the games & music themselves lol
  18. I see; that makes sense. I would set the latency to whatever works on your system without stuttering. The only disadvantage of longer latency is that it takes a tiny bit longer to start or stop tracks, so higher latencies are not much of an issue. You can also try the other various playback engines. I prefer DirectSound though, personally.
  19. mauimate

    CD Rip Errors

    I changed the playback latency to 300 without improvement. Then increased latency to 400 and stuttering, skips disappeared. Is there an optimal setting for latency? Thanks
  20. I would need more details here. What is the log of the rip? If the rip is saying that it's accurate, then it's guaranteed to not have any errors as it's comparing with other rips from the web.
  21. mauimate

    CD Rip Errors

    I have ripped 4 cds after downloading the newest version and all have playback errors, although the rip indicated the rip was successful. Any suggestions for improvement?
  22. Sorry for the late reply here. It is constantly searching, yes, but depending on the view it might not automatically update. I think, generally, if you give it a few seconds and then go out to the route of your collection, it should be there. You can always restart though, which should guarantee that it shows up after the initial scan.
  23. That works for now thanks! One more question, not image related - but when I go to add an album to a folder of a band that already exists, how can I get it to import the new album? I just have one main folder named MP3 imported, with has something like 280 bands in their own separate folders underneath it. And I'm just trying to add an album to one of the band's folders. I got the album imported eventually but not sure what triggered it. Is it on some kind of timer or constantly searching folders and I just have to wait it out?
  24. Yeah, there are still some parsing issues when it comes to certain artists and downloading images, and sometimes if there are multiple artists that exist with the same name, it doesn't always grab the right images, or sometimes no images if there are no images for that artist. Image tag editing isn't there quite yet, no. Per now playing, it will clear out if you just play something else without adding it to the list.
  25. While putting in custom Artist pictures I found that Guns N' Roses would not work with "Guns N' Roses.jpg" It seems to be the ' causing it
  26. Hi Jason, On the topic of images: I just imported my collection on MBA 0.18, All my albums grabbed the embedded artwork from my mp3s and look great! I found a couple album arts that didn't work - it was because inside the mp3 the album art was set to "Other" instead of "Front Cover". I used mp3tag to change them all to Front Cover and they import properly now! I don't think you have image editing in the built in tag editor yet but I do love what is there so far, it works great and can make things easier! A lot of artist images are blank. Some pretty well known bands too like ACDC, Disturbed, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Tool etc. Its not a big deal though it looks like I can just download my own and put them in the \MusicBoxAlpha\Images\Artists folder Anyway thanks again for your work on MBA it keeps getting better and I look forward to Playlists in the future btw is there an option to clear the now playing list? Only way I saw was to exit program
  27. Lol. Not quite sure what you mean here. We don't have playlist support quite yet.
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