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Windows 7: Flac files incorrectly displayed as mp3 file type in explorer!?!?

15 Dec 2011   #41

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gums View Post
By commandeering, I mean Winamp applies the Winamp lightning bolt to all my music files. I guess that's not a big deal if one only had one type of file. I have two.
The icon for the default program associated with a given file type is done by Windows. That's just how it works. When you install Winamp if you allow all of its default set of music/video file types remain "checked", then the Winamp icon will indeed show up as the "default program" for all of those file types when browsing using Explorer or other programs. If you don't want those file types associated with Winamp, then don't leave them "checked".

If you don't want Winamp associated with a given file type, then be sure to take the "customized" installation path and un-check those file types you don't want it to be associated with. Certainly by default virtually all music (and even video) formats are checked on, because Winamp can play them. But if you don't want to use Winamp as your "default program" for those file types when double-clicking from Explorer, just be sure to un-check them.

Alternatively, you can also un-do unwanted file type associations even AFTER the program's been installed... if you overlooked un-checking them during Winamp installation. Just use the Menu bar, Options -> Preferences and use the "File types" and "Shell options" to customize exactly what you want to appear for (a) the various file types potentially handled by Winamp, and (b) what you want to appear for Winamp when you right-click on a file in Explorer.

And of course to each his own. I, myself, WANT Winamp to open as the default player program for my music files when launched from Explorer or right-click context menus. I like Winamp as my "external" music player.

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15 Dec 2011   #42

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gums View Post
Little things don't bother me very often but LOTS of little things i.e. the Winamp Media Library do.
I agree. I don't like all the "complexity" of the Winamp Media Library presentation, and I find it non-inuitive. I simply do not use it either.

I only use Winamp for its music playing capability with me directing it through its own menu bar after opening the program to select the music files to be played. Alternatively, I use other programs (e.g. Jaangle) or Explorer-like programs, and then right-click and select to "play or enqueue" into Winamp's Playlist Editor window so that Winamp is launched to do the music file playing.

It's simply my music player. I do not use its "Library" functionality at all.
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16 Dec 2011   #43

Windows 7 64 bit

FYI, downloaded Jaangle yesterday and so far the experience has been everything I had hoped it would be. In other words, I love it! Very intuitive, simple to use, a very basic UI. That's what I want. One thing though that I was hoping to see was the album review portion. I do have it checked. The artist biography aspect is there but not the album review. It's the Beatles (the only files I've uploaded so far---baby steps, mind you) so how could it not be there? Anyway, so far so good!
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16 Dec 2011   #44

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gums View Post
FYI, downloaded Jaangle yesterday and so far the experience has been everything I had hoped it would be. In other words, I love it! Very intuitive, simple to use, a very basic UI. That's what I want.

As you play with it more I think you'll become more familiar with it (e.g. it's "search" facility) will just intuitively know how everything works.

One thing though that I was hoping to see was the album review portion. I do have it checked. The artist biography aspect is there but not the album review. It's the Beatles (the only files I've uploaded so far---baby steps, mind you) so how could it not be there?
Here are my "Beatles" presentations... first the artist picture/bio, and then one of the albums with review/tracklist.

I believe you actually have to select an album once (on the left pane) to trigger the download of album information for that album. It takes a few seconds, but Jaangle will queue up these requests so you can move through all of your albums one at a time, clicking on them which triggers the request-for-info, which simply build up in a queue as each one gets fulfilled. Eventually they will all have their info downloaded.

Note that I have high-quality 500x500 "cover.jpg" in each of my album folders, and Jaangle is told to use MY album art instead of retrieving smaller lesser-quality images.

Just to describe my Jaangle configuration

skin: Massif
mode: artist - album
sort artist: name
sort album: name
sort genre: name
sort collection: name
sort year: name - descending
sort month: name - descending
filter: all (although I only have my music audio collection folder defined)
item grouping: 3
style: 4

Here's the Beatles "artist" level view, showing picture/bio:

And here's one of their albums, showing cover/review/tracklist.

Note also my own style of external file naming (and identical internal "title" tag field value) which adds a suffix of " (FLAC)" to the song name. This is very very useful information to me, both on my PC and also on my Cowon J3 music player, as I can easily see whether a file is in MP3 or FLAC format from the displayed "song name" without actually investigating the codec. This works no matter whether I'm seeing a list presenting external file names or internal "title" tag field value).

I also force a genre of "FLAC" for all of my FLAC files, as I never browse my collection by genre so it's kind of a tag field that can be used for anything I want. I use "FLAC" in "genre" so that I can play ALL of my FLAC files (generally "random/shuffle") as one huge 1100-file "playlist" on my Cowon J3, by selecting genre->FLAC. Since my FLAC files are also my "favorite favorites", this allows me to play "all FLAC" in "random/shuffle" so that it's like a radio station playing only my "favorite favorites" where I never know what's going to come up next.

Skin is Massif:

Information retrieval has everything checked, including using MY "cover.jpg" for album art:

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17 Dec 2011   #45

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

One other feature of Jaangle design and implementation that gives me particular special pleasure deals with the display of the large images presented in the Info pane. This is where the large artist picture and the album art appears.

The size of this pane (and its two sub-panes... image and text) is up to you, determined by pulling the horizontal separator (between this pane and the track list pane above it) up or down. So I've made this pane fairly large, so that I can see my high-quality 500x500 images in actual 500x500 size.

As you can see from the following screenshot, I used ACDSee to display the 500x500 image in a true-size window, so that I could see exactly how large 500x500 was on the screen. Then I adjusted the Info pane of Jaangle until I got the album art image to be the identical size.

==> maximum enjoyment of my album art

Also, if you expand the "+" next to the artist in the artist/album pane (on the left) so that you see all the albums for that artist indented under the artist, and you navigate (i.e. click on) the artist row in that pane or an album pane, the image presented in the Info pane of course will change accordingly. However rather than simply an insta-change from one picture to the next, Jaangle does a very attractive transition/morph of one image into the other. Very very lovely.

Furthermore, the artist images that Jaangle obtains from LastFM is VERY high quality and unexpected non-album photos, as a general rule. This is also very very satisfying to look at on the screen, not to mention the excellent artist bios also retrieved from LastFM.

Again, the transition/morph from one image into the next is very very pleasing to see on the screen.

Finally, as far as the automatic retrieval of (a) artist picture/bio from LastFM, and (b) album review/tracklist and art (if necessary) from Amazon, it's been a long time since I set this all up. As I mentioned previously I'm pretty sure it's just a left-click on each artist and then each album, to trigger the automatic download of this information to populate Jaangle's local database.

But I may be wrong. It may actually be necessary to RIGHT-CLICK on each artist and then select the "LastFM artist biography" and "LastFM artist picture", to actually get the artist information. Similarly for albums, where you can RIGHT-CLICK on each album and then select "Amazon album review" and optionally "Amazon album picture" if you need it, although the latter will likely be the low-quality 200x200 image that you'd see on the main Amazon face page for that CD rather than one of the high-quality user-submitted images which you have to drill down from the face page (i.e. click on "See all nn user images") to look at and download for yourself.

As I mentioned previously, once you trigger the request for information retrieval from LastFM and Amazon, that request is queued. It will take a few seconds to complete (or fail, in which case you'll have no art or text information), but you can continue on selecting additional artists and albums as fast as your fingers can accomplish this. Jaangle will simply asynchronously build up a queue of these requests and eventually work its way down through them all as the complete sequentially.
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17 Dec 2011   #46

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

One more Jaangle insight you'll want to know about...

When you maintain your music file collection (e.g. adding and deleting files, renaming files and folders, etc.) you will need to notify Jaangle about this so that it can update its own local database of your collection(s). This is done by clicking on the "collections" item on the menu bar, selecting the collection you want to have re-analyzed and updated, and then you push the "update local collections" button at the bottom of the window.

I myself only have one parent folder for my entire music collection, so that is the one "collection" I've defined to Jaangle. I don't know if you can select and then update two or more collections at once with the "update local collections" button. But for sure you can do this one collection at a time without a problem if you do have more than one parent folder/collection defined.

Now the "update local collections" function really is just to discover new, deleted, and renamed folders and files. New folders and files are appropriately analyzed, but you'll need to trigger the download of LastFM and Amazon images and info as I described previously, selecting (and maybe also right-clicking and selecting those functions, which certainly can't hurt and is guaranteed to do what is needed) each new artist/album.

But if you have also done maintenance to tags on existing files, it seems that Jaangle's "update local collections" function for some strange design reason does NOT look into files which previously existed. So even though you've used MP3Tag to update tag data, that maintenance will not be discovered by and reflected in Jaangle's presentations. In my opinion this really is an annoying bit of under-engineering.

Anyway, the way you force Jaangle to re-analyze the tags for all files is to once again select "collections" from the menu bar, and then select the particular collection(s) you want to re-analyze. Then right-click on that collection and select "update" from the context menu. This will initiate the full re-scan of all tags of all files in that collection, and update the Jaangle database accordingly.

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