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jimzak
2011-05-27, 09:21
I've been using SB for several years now.

I've been using the Touch interface for the past year or so.

I tried out all the other interfaces today and once again settled on the Touch interface, mainly because the text size in several of the interfaces is microscopic on my dual 23 inch monitors. That may be fixable, of course.

I have three questions:

1. Are other customized interfaces available? I'm aware of Moose.

2. What are other forum members' favorite web interfaces for SBS?

3. Why do I get a 404 error whenever I select "Genre" from the home screen under "My Music"? I have "882" genres listed in my current stats:

Total Tracks: 92,657
Total Albums: 9,681
Total Artists: 14,693
Total Genres: 882
Total Playing Time: 10862:25:28

I wanted to see why there are so many genres listed but the web interface stalls everytime, regardless of interface.

Thanks.

aubuti
2011-05-28, 00:05
1. You should distinguish interfaces (what SBS sometimes calls skins) from different frontends. All those interfaces/skins you can access through Settings > Interface (Touch, Nokia770, Fishbone, Handheld, Classic, Default, etc) are different presentations from SBS's built-in web server.

Frontends like Moose and muso are separate programs -- those are the only two alternative frontends I can think of, unless you include the foobar2000 add-ins someone has created to allow you to control SBs via foobar2000.

A big reason you should make the distinction is that support for alternative interfaces/skins is likely going to disappear in SBS 7.6.0, as part of the 'onebrowser' effort to harmonize interfaces across different devices. I think then you'll be limited to Default and Classic. It's not impossible that someone will support alternatives (eg, Touch, Nokia770, and Fishbone were all voluntary efforts by members of the community), but I really don't expect to see much action in that area.

2. I don't use the web ui much for controlling my SBs, but when I do I usually use good old Default. For a time I used Touch and Fishbone, but I eventually found them too sparse and too busy, respectively.

3. I don't know why you're getting the 404, but it may have something to do with SBS gagging on that many genres. If you yourself don't know why you have so many genres I suggest attacking it at the source, rather than at the presentation level. Load up your library (or a subset of it) in a good tagging program like mp3tag and sort on genre to see what you have, and then impose some sense on it.

jimzak
2011-05-30, 15:24
Thanks.

I guess I was cavalier in mixing the add-on interfaces with the skins that are included with SBS.

I actually prefer the Nokia skin to the Touch skin as it simplifies the search process.

I explored the genre mess with iPeng on my iPad. iPeng is able to parse all 800+ genres and indeed, there is room for improvement.

I have started the ARDUOUS process of genre "clarification" and was using MP3tag but found that it lacked the file browser that Tag & Rename has. The ability to simply browse folder by folder is a major improvement over selecting the files for MP3tag and then reselecting them once they are loaded.

If you need to do what I need to do with tags, Tag & Rename is the ONLY way to go. Perhaps I missed the browse feature with MP3tag?

Thanks again.

aubuti
2011-05-30, 22:22
I have started the ARDUOUS process of genre "clarification" and was using MP3tag but found that it lacked the file browser that Tag & Rename has. The ability to simply browse folder by folder is a major improvement over selecting the files for MP3tag and then reselecting them once they are loaded.

If you need to do what I need to do with tags, Tag & Rename is the ONLY way to go. Perhaps I missed the browse feature with MP3tag?
I see two things you may possibly be missing.

1) Load up your library, or a subset, and sort by path. From there you can easily select the files in the same folder and move through the list.

2) This is the real timesaver. In Windows Explorer, right click on the folder you want to browse in mp3tag, right click, and select mp3tag. Boom! mp3tag opens with that folder, and only that folder, loaded. You do have to set mp3tag to use Explorer context menus.

JJZolx
2011-05-31, 01:17
You're not going to like Squeezebox Server 7.6 very much. They're planning on getting rid of all of the web skins except for Default and Classic.

jimzak
2011-05-31, 04:06
You're not going to like Squeezebox Server 7.6 very much. They're planning on getting rid of all of the web skins except for Default and Classic.

I'll survive.

jimzak
2011-05-31, 14:12
I see two things you may possibly be missing.

2) This is the real timesaver. In Windows Explorer, right click on the folder you want to browse in mp3tag, right click, and select mp3tag. Boom! mp3tag opens with that folder, and only that folder, loaded. You do have to set mp3tag to use Explorer context menus.

One more step is Ctrl-A.

You have to select all the files that have been loaded again even though it's only one folder.

Tag & Rename by default selects all the files in the folder.

Anyway, thanks again.

bakker_be
2011-06-01, 00:39
For what you're doing I personally use Mediamonkey. This includes the filebrowsing feature you mention, and there's a free version available that's only limited when it comes to syncing content to portable players and the generation of criteria-based playlists.
Numerous plugins are available to perform quite a lot of extra tasks too.