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MadMan
2009-07-15, 02:21
Ok, so I have my music as .flac files organized as \\server\music\flac\%genre\%artist\%album\%title.f lac and playing music works great. The last week I've been getting album art to display in both Squeezecenter and my Duet controller. I don't want to 'pollute' the FLAC music file directories (for organizational purposes) and I definitely do not want to embed images as tags so I was hoping I could point Squeezecenter to \\server\music\cover art\%genre\%artist\%album\folder.jpg wihch is a fully mirrored directory tree structure of the FLAC directory (except for 'cover art'.) But I can't figure out a way to do this - Squeezecenter doesn't allow variables in the cover art directory option and I don't feel like renaming all the cover art files to %artist-%album and dumping them in one huge folder which would be very messy. Is there a way or do I just have to suck it up and dump the folder.jpg files in to each folder?

BastiaanR
2009-07-15, 04:03
I'm afraid the only options available are the ones you mentioned: rename the cover art files to %artist-%album and dumping them in one huge folder, or rename the cver art files to folder.jpg and dump them in each folder.

andyg
2009-07-15, 06:31
Or you can embed the artwork into each FLAC file, which would use more space but avoid 'polluting' your directory.

radish
2009-07-15, 08:33
Or, if your server is running linux you could get crazy and try something like UnionFS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UnionFS

MadMan
2009-07-16, 01:06
Or you can embed the artwork into each FLAC file, which would use more space but avoid 'polluting' your directory.

Well that would be even worse because it would mess up the FLAC files which are my lossless backup of my CDs. The 'poluuting' bit is just because if I do file copies and whatnot I find it easier to have one type of file only, otherwise I have to use robocopy which isn't as simple as drag-n-drop.

Thanks for the replies, I guess I'll just put them in the directories.

funkstar
2009-07-16, 01:15
Well that would be even worse because it would mess up the FLAC files which are my lossless backup of my CDs. The 'poluuting' bit is just because if I do file copies and whatnot I find it easier to have one type of file only, otherwise I have to use robocopy which isn't as simple as drag-n-drop.

Thanks for the replies, I guess I'll just put them in the directories.
I'm curious how it would mess up your flac files. My library is also my lossless backup of my CDs. All have embeded cover art.

If you are worried about changing the time stamps, don't. Any decent tagger has the optioin to retain the original time stamps of files when altering meta data. And embedding an image isn't going to change the audio stream in any way, so you will be able to de-compress back to the same PCM stream with or without the image in there. If you can't then the decoder is broken.

JJZolx
2009-07-16, 16:32
My library consists of over 2000 stinking, foul, polluted directories containing not only pristine FLAC files, but cue sheets, ripping logs and assorted album art scans. It really is a cesspool.

Do your flac files contain tags such as the artist and album name? Embedded artwork is just another tag and, unless your covers are in the 100's of kB, it adds a negligible amount to the storage requirements for an album.

agillis
2009-07-16, 21:12
Well that would be even worse because it would mess up the FLAC files which are my lossless backup of my CDs. The 'poluuting' bit is just because if I do file copies and whatnot I find it easier to have one type of file only, otherwise I have to use robocopy which isn't as simple as drag-n-drop.

Thanks for the replies, I guess I'll just put them in the directories.

use rsync to back up your files. That way you can have whatever you want in the folder.