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mmonacel
2009-11-02, 21:28
This is probably a VERY easy question, however for the life of me, I can't figure out how to quickly, simply, and easily get new music that I downloaded onto my Squeezebox and listen to it in a timely manner. Downloading the music is no problem - and neither is moving it to my ReadyNAS. The issue comes when I need to add it to the SB's indexed list of music. The only options I can see to either basically do a full scan or a scan for new or changed music. Unfortunately scanning for new or changed music takes a long time (~10 minutes). That's completely unnecessary IMO. I'm all excited to listen to some new music and then I need to wait seemingly forever to actually listen to it through my SB. Is there anyway to point to a single directory and say "add this folder" or "scan this folder" for new music so I can get right down to digging my new tunes?

I have about 360 GB of music in about 2300 total folders.
ReadyNAS Duo
RAIDiator 4.1.5

snarlydwarf
2009-11-02, 21:37
Just use Browse Music Folder and, well, browse to the folder the music is in.

mmonacel
2009-11-02, 22:07
Wow - right in front of my face. I never stray from Artist / Album browsing so that was probably my issue. Thank you!

pski
2009-11-04, 18:23
Wow - right in front of my face. I never stray from Artist / Album browsing so that was probably my issue. Thank you!

If you have a large library, using "music library" might be slow.

Check also Settings/Advanced/Rescan library

To allow daily rescan.

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There was rumored to be an "automatic" function in the current 7.4 release, but so far I have no idea if it's there.

usch
2009-11-04, 18:41
There was rumored to be an "automatic" function in the current 7.4 release, but so far I have no idea if it's there.

There is an AutoRescan plugin (http://www.hickinbottom.com/autorescan), but it seems somewhat tricky to use.

My main concern besides that is that I normally make several changes in a row (edit tags, add cover art, move and rename files), and I would not want to trigger an unnecessary rescan for every intermediary step. That is why I haven't tried it so far.

pski
2009-11-04, 18:58
This is probably a VERY easy question, however for the life of me, I can't figure out how to quickly, simply, and easily get new music that I downloaded onto my Squeezebox and listen to it in a timely manner. Downloading the music is no problem - and neither is moving it to my ReadyNAS. The issue comes when I need to add it to the SB's indexed list of music. The only options I can see to either basically do a full scan or a scan for new or changed music. Unfortunately scanning for new or changed music takes a long time (~10 minutes). That's completely unnecessary IMO. I'm all excited to listen to some new music and then I need to wait seemingly forever to actually listen to it through my SB. Is there anyway to point to a single directory and say "add this folder" or "scan this folder" for new music so I can get right down to digging my new tunes?

I have about 360 GB of music in about 2300 total folders.
ReadyNAS Duo
RAIDiator 4.1.5

Buh? Ever wondered why you need to brag?

"Downloading the music is no problem - and neither is moving it to my ReadyNAS. The issue comes when I need to add it to the SB's indexed list of music."

I'm sorry you don't understand this.

"The only options I can see to either basically do a full scan or a scan for new or changed music. Unfortunately scanning for new or changed music takes a long time (~10 minutes)"

So sorry that waiting for 10 minutes results in such an impatient condition.

MelonMonkey
2009-11-05, 10:38
I'm sorry you don't understand this.

If you're going to be snide, you should always be snide. If you're going to be helpful you should be helpful. Trying to work both angles doesn't suit anybody, especially someone who doesn't read the original post to begin with. People who don't read should always avoid writing. It's a pretty basic rule.

The OP asked:


I can't figure out how to quickly, simply, and easily get new music that I downloaded onto my Squeezebox and listen to it in a timely manner.

There's nothing quick nor timely about a "daily scan" as pski suggested, regardless of how much music you have. This isn't a valid solution to the question. The only timely way to play the music is to navigate directly to its files within its containing folder, as suggested by snarlydwarf. BTW, a daily scan might take 10 or even 1 minute, but it isn't going to be triggered specifically when the OP needs it.

The OP also graciously provided stats and specs about his collection as part of his question. Nothing bravado or similar to bragging about that.

As an aside, the new SB Touch allows music to be played off directly connected storage such as a USB key, for quick preview of music a friend might bring over.

Grahame
2009-11-05, 12:07
As posted above, if your "new" music resides in/under your "Music Folder" then Just use Browse Music Folder and, well, browse to the folder the music is in. As a side effect, this adds the music to the music library.

If, however, your new music does not reside in/under your music folder, or you only want to listen to something, without adding it to you music library e.g. podcast, something on a visiting usb stick etc,
Then you can use the "Tune In URL" feature from the web interface to point to a file or folder, and use the "Tune In" or "Add" buttons as appropriate.

This has been mentioned previously
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=42835
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=41470
and probably elsewhere.

What would be really neat, is if someone could come up with a shell extension, so this capability is available directly in the file explorer context menu - similar to foobar2000s play in, enqueue in foobar2000 options

(Note: I understand some of this is windows specific, but the approach is general)

MikeWynneDub
2009-11-05, 17:13
If, however, your new music does not reside in/under your music folder, or you only want to listen to something, without adding it to you music library e.g. podcast, something on a visiting usb stick etc,
Then you can use the "Tune In URL" feature from the web interface to point to a file or folder, and use the "Tune In" or "Add" buttons as appropriate.


Well, ride me sideways! Who knew?

This is so handy!

It's always been a bugbear to add a new song to the library if you're in a hurry...

Thanks Grahame