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PLynas
2008-02-27, 08:26
Well after a great deal of time and effort I have finally converted my entire CD collection to FLAC and my entire music collection is available from my Squeezebox.

I am now trying to persuade my wife to allow me to convert her small collection of CD's so that my CD player becomes redundant, and she has agreed.... but only on one condition.

She is still a bit nervous about using the Squeezebox (it's only been about 3 years now..). I am hoping the new controller will help, but her condition is that she can view her albums only without having to trawl through my entire collection to find what she wants.

So what I basically am looking for is some way of making it so that she can easily access her subset of albums.

One thought I had would be to double tag the genre of her albums, so that they would also have a genre with her name, then she could browse by that. I guess that would work, but if there is something better I would ne inerested to know. It just kind of jars with me to have her name as a genre, also I have a wide range of music, so it would be amongst a fairly large list.

I have never used Favourites before and tried adding some of her albums to that, but it did not seem to give the same folder tree view as everywhere else (using Fishbone) so it just listed albums and not artists. I didn't think that was 100% ideal.

Has anybody got any clever ideas. I could go with the genre option but was just wondering if there is something better.

Thanks

MuckleEck
2008-02-27, 08:41
I am in a similar, but reverse, situation in that I don't want to trawl through the 100s of CDs belonging to the kids to get to mine.

I have setup a custom DB tag in each FLAC file using MP3Tag but am struggling to get Erland's plug in to work!...I think it is just patience and time to read the FAQ...etc...but this sounds as though it would work for you and your wife

mlsstl
2008-02-27, 09:26
Besides unique tagging, you could also just create a special sub-directory/folder that only contains her music. She could then browse directly to just that music folder and see only her CDs. If it is a small collection as you say, she probably knows what is on each CD that she wants to hear so won't require the fancier multiple search options that is important for a larger collection.

However, since her music would also be tagged, it'd show up as easily available to you when you search for a specific artist, genre, album, etc.

Craig
2008-02-27, 09:30
My daughter's SB only has a subset of my library on it which is defined by putting her name in a comments tag, I use Erlands plugins to achieve this. I'm not sure whether you can add a new menu to the SBC that just lists the subset though.

Craig

thing-fish
2008-02-27, 14:17
So what I basically am looking for is some way of making it so that she can easily access her subset of albums.

My wife and I use MusicIP Mixer. We set up a filter with her name and it's the default filter for the Squeezebox. Through it, she doesn't hear any of my Frank Zappa. Similarly, there is a filter with my name that's the default for my Softsqueeze player at work, and through it I don't hear any of her George Michael.

While it doesn't stop either of us from browsing the whole collection, we generally listen to mixes and it solves that issue perfectly (as well as making truly outstanding mixes...I LOVE the MusicIP mixer)

JimC
2008-02-27, 19:35
...she doesn't hear any of my Frank Zappa. ...I don't hear any of her George Michael.


Opposites DO attract!


-=> Jim

erland
2008-02-27, 22:34
I have setup a custom DB tag in each FLAC file using MP3Tag but am struggling to get Erland's plug in to work!...I think it is just patience and time to read the FAQ
If you are talking about the Multi Library plugin I don't think there is a template for defining a library through a tag scanned with the Custom Scan plugin. It is still possible to do but you will have to customize the library definition and edit the the SQL statement.

If you like to define the library by a tag the easiest way is to put the information in the COMMENT tag because this won't require Custom Scan and the default library template in Multi Library allows you to limit a library to a specific value in the COMMENT tag.

If you are talking about the Custom Browse plugin there are some menu templates that can be limited to a specific custom tag, but I think the best way to accomplish what you like is by defining the library with the Multi Library plugin and use Custom Browse menus limited to the defined library.


My daughter's SB only has a subset of my library on it which is defined by putting her name in a comments tag, I use Erlands plugins to achieve this. I'm not sure whether you can add a new menu to the SBC that just lists the subset though.

With the latest beta version of Multi Library/Custom Browse you should be able to use the Custom Browse menus also on the SBC. They will be put inside the main "Music Library" menu, I don't think there is a way for a plugin to put menus directly on the home menu of the SBC but I haven't investigated it in detail.

MuckleEck
2008-02-28, 02:19
If you are talking about the Multi Library plugin I don't think there is a template for defining a library through a tag scanned with the Custom Scan plugin. It is still possible to do but you will have to customize the library definition and edit the the SQL statement.

Erland,

Many thanks for the advice...however I am using the comments tag for information about the artist/album/piece so would prefer to use custom scan.

I shall persevere with it.

chill
2008-02-28, 08:24
Last night I 'discovered' Erland's excellent Multi Library and Custom Browse plugins. My SB3 experience has been transformed!

At my wife's request I had included her iTunes library (principally because she wanted her playlists accessible), but the big downside was that many of our CDs and tracks were listed twice when browsing - once as the original FLAC file in the main library, and once as the MP3 created for use on an iPod. Worse still, it took a lot of button presses to find which version I was looking at.

However, using the Multi Library plugin I was able to include all my best quality files files in my 'Standard Library' (defined as anything on my S: drive) and all the iTunes files in their own 'iTunes Library' (defined as anything on the P: drive).

Using the Custom Browse plugin I was able to set things up so that at the top level of 'Browse' I see only 'Music Folder', 'Search', 'Standard Library' and 'iTunes Library', and entering either of the libraries I then get all of the original Browse options.

Much simpler, and my wife and I can each find our own files without confusion.

shvejk
2008-02-28, 10:42
>I don't think there is a way for a plugin to put menus directly on the home menu of the SBC but I haven't investigated it in detail.

Yes, it can be done using Player Settings - Menus

Thank you Erland for the excellent plugins.

Cheers,

Mark Lanctot
2008-02-28, 11:11
>I don't think there is a way for a plugin to put menus directly on the home menu of the SBC but I haven't investigated it in detail.

Yes, it can be done using Player Settings - Menus

On the SBC? As opposed to an SB3?

shvejk
2008-02-28, 11:24
On the SBC? As opposed to an SB3?

I was thinking about SB3. Sorry....

gw43
2008-02-29, 06:19
So what I basically am looking for is some way of making it so that she can easily access her subset of albums.


One thing I did that was relatively quick and easy was just to create a playlist containing my wife's CDs.

She can then either navigate to this or use the other playlists, or the "general" collection.

robroe
2008-02-29, 07:44
Last night I 'discovered' Erland's excellent Multi Library and Custom Browse plugins. My SB3 experience has been transformed!
...
However, using the Multi Library plugin I was able to include all my best quality files files in my 'Standard Library' (defined as anything on my S: drive) and all the iTunes files in their own 'iTunes Library' (defined as anything on the P: drive).


I'm not sure whether you have already done this or whether this is what you want, but there is an option in the multi library plugin to make a library only display the best format version of a song. I use have a few albums in mp3 and FLAC and I use this option to only view the best version when browsing my library or creating random mixes etc.

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=217863

chill
2008-02-29, 08:47
Wow, I didn't know that. That's useful advice, thanks Robroe.

SilverRS8
2008-03-02, 01:27
A new idea to solve this?
We have playlists ofcourse where we create different once for each family member but isn't it a good idea to have Genre playlists/filters? Meaning the playlis/filterst would only consist of the in/exclusion of genres not actual tracks. This way you could create a playlist only including 'child music'. If you have tagged albums with i.e. genre; 'wife' you could easily create playlists including wife and a playlist excluding wife.

Before browsing by album with the controller you could select such a playlist (or is a better name; filter?), then only browsing the albums you would like to see.

Frank