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This one is pretty flukey, so hopefully you'll be able to help. I gun Gmusicbrowser on my main, Ubuntu machine, and everything works fine. I also run it on my Pinephone, which runs Mobian, a Debian distro. It works fine here, too, except often times my album art doesn't load. It will load fine on my desktop and laptop, but I won't see anything on the phone.

When I go to edit the tags for a song with missing artwork, it'll say 'unknown' under embedded pictures. If I go to advanced, and down to picture, it'll just say 'error' where the thumbnail should be.

I have tried to isolate image size as the problem, the presence or absence of ID3v1 tags, or anything else I could possibly think of. I can't find any reason why these covers won't load. They're all jpg, and I'm running 1.99 on all devices.

Any thoughts how I might be able to get the album art loading on Mobian? I can give you more details if needed. Thanks.
I came here to post a question about cover art, but I have found a solution.

So sometimes, if I have two different albums with the same name, gmb will show the same cover art for both. No matter what I do — renaming the album, removing and re-adding songs, even changing the filenames — nothing will get the album art to show properly.

You can right click an album cover and replace the picture with a file for that album, but this requires that cover art image to stay in place. If you keep your art embedded in the MP3s, this isn't a great solution.

However, you can right click to set the album art, and then choose one of the mp3s themselves as the source. As long as your album art is embedded correctly, this will set the art to what it's supposed to be.
Suggestions / Suspend play count, last played
July 18, 2021, 15:39:09
I don't know if this would be useful to anyone else, but sometimes I like to just leave my player running, for a couple reasons: Sometimes it helps me sleep to have certain music playing; sometimes I like to leave it going when I leave the house, to make it seem like someone's home; and sometimes I like to have it going in a room that I'm only in part of the time.

For these reasons, I'd like to temporarily suspend 'last played' and play count. Maybe there's already a way to do it with a hotkey and perl command, I don't know. But when I use weighted random, it usually pushes recently and often played songs to the bottom, including songs that played when I wasn't around.
I am working on a theme for GMB to work on PinePhone Mobian. So far it's working pretty well, but double-clicking doesn't work well on a touchscreen device. Mobian will probably create a universal fix, at some point, but for now, is there a way to set it so the track activates on single-click, not double?
Questions / How to fudge the date added
March 06, 2021, 00:49:45
I migrated to gmusicbrowser in 2017. Before that, I used Songbird, since about 2013. From 2013 to 2017, I have playlists indicating what month a song was added. However, gmusicbrowser shows them all as being added in January 2017.

My question is whether I can trick gmusicbrowser into thinking these songs were added before they actually were. This would make it easier for me to use smart playlists and weighted random.
Questions / System and shell commands
November 11, 2020, 20:16:18
In the settings, you can set a keyboard shortcut to run a shell or system command. There are also separate options to run shell or system commands on selected songs. I have never seen any documentation that explains how to use this.

First, I don't understand the difference between a system command and a shell command. Second, let's say I want to run a shell command, cp * ~/Temp where * are my selected songs. What would be the syntax in the arguments?
I'm interested in using this feature, but I'm curious to see some examples of this in action. How do you bind keys to system, shell and perl commands?
Hi there,

I'm trying to stream songs with icecast. On a remote machine, I'll open a network stream like this:



In either case, the stream works when the song's playing, and it stays open when I'm seeking, or pause/playing. But when a song ends and goes to a new song, the stream also ends.

VLC has some pretty complicated commandscommands to keep the stream open, but none of them work for me.

MPV supposedly has a way to keep a stream open, even if it pauses on the server:

mpv --keep-open=always --keep-open-pause=no

But this doesn't work for me, either. Basically, no matter what I use to receive gmusicbrowser's stream, it closes as soon as a song ends.

I see on this forum that people have sucessfully used the icecast feature, so how do I make it work for me?
Suggestions / Shuffle: distributed random
May 08, 2017, 14:28:53
Would it be possible to shuffle a playlist in a distributed way? Meaning, it would try to play every artist once before it played any artist again. So let's say you had a bunch of artists with one song each, and one artist with 8 songs. The playlist would try to play 8 different artists before it played the one with 8 songs, so the recurrence would be distributed across the playlist.

The idea is that you're always getting variety, like on the radio where they (hopefully) wouldn't play the same artist twice in a row, or twice within a 20 minute period, et cetera.
Before using gmusicbrowser, I was using Clementine, which uses SQLite. I wrote a few queries that would help me create playlists based on length and number of tracks. So I can have a playlist of all albums with 10 or more songs on them, 'EPs' (5-7 tracks), 'Singles' (1-2 tracks), and I also have lists of albums that are over an hour, under 45 minutes, et cetera.

When clementine scans your library, it keeps the track lengths in the db. I assume gmusicbrowser does as well, because it can quickly calculate the total runtime. What do you think about adding 'album length' and 'tracks per album' as filter criteria?

I know sometimes the track number field is written as 4/12, where '12' is the total number of tracks. If this were in use, it would be possible to filter complete/incomplete albums.
Suggestions / Multiple album tags
May 08, 2017, 14:26:32
I see that gmusicbrowser allows multiple genre tags. Is it possible to also have multiple album tags? I have some songs that appear on an LP, and also a soundtrack or compilation. The recording is identical but I want the song to be in multiple albums when appropriate. Is this even feasible?