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MeSue
2012-01-10, 22:36
I got a thing in my email about Rhapsody's new Cloud Sync app that matches your local music with your Rhapsody library. Sounded good to me so I installed and kicked it off before going to bed. Then I browsed my Rhapsody library on Squeezebox and here it is all cluttered up with my local music. Ummm... Not really what I was expecting. So, fellow Rhapsody users, consider yourself warned. I'll have to investigate tomorrow to see if it's easily undo-able.

wnshall
2012-09-27, 10:13
I got a thing in my email about Rhapsody's new Cloud Sync app that matches your local music with your Rhapsody library. Sounded good to me so I installed and kicked it off before going to bed. Then I browsed my Rhapsody library on Squeezebox and here it is all cluttered up with my local music. Ummm... Not really what I was expecting. So, fellow Rhapsody users, consider yourself warned. I'll have to investigate tomorrow to see if it's easily undo-able.

Can you elaborate on what you mean by "... all mixed up with my local music."? My expectation is that once Rhapsody has synced your local music collection, My Library on Rhapsody would display Albums/Artists/Tracks from both your local music library and your previously existing Rhapsody library all together, probably with no visual indication of the difference. Is that what happens? Does it browse differently when going through LMS vs. browsing through Rhapsody's web interface?

My biggest hesitation in doing this is that Rhapsody's really minimal, under-featured browsing capabilities would make browsing my moderately large collection unbearable. Having been spoiled by the library browsing tools in LMS (especially w/ some 3rd party plugins) it's quite hard to have to work with the under-powered systems most other systems, like Rhapsody, have. I also wonder what Rhapsody does with all your tag information -- almost certainly ignores it completely. That means that the Genre tag for your local music will get set to whatever genre Rhapsody has for that file. I find Rhapsody's genres to be next to useless, and it means all that hard work tagging my music goes to waste.

Any comments you have on your experience would be appreciated.

MeSue
2012-10-02, 08:31
Can you elaborate on what you mean by "... all mixed up with my local music."? My expectation is that once Rhapsody has synced your local music collection, My Library on Rhapsody would display Albums/Artists/Tracks from both your local music library and your previously existing Rhapsody library all together, probably with no visual indication of the difference. Is that what happens? Does it browse differently when going through LMS vs. browsing through Rhapsody's web interface?

Yes, that is what happens and I didn't like it because I almost never want to use Rhapsody to play my local music. I don't know what browsing was like on Rhapsody's web site because I rarely use it, and I disabled the Cloud Sync shortly after posting this.


My biggest hesitation in doing this is that Rhapsody's really minimal, under-featured browsing capabilities would make browsing my moderately large collection unbearable. Having been spoiled by the library browsing tools in LMS (especially w/ some 3rd party plugins) it's quite hard to have to work with the under-powered systems most other systems, like Rhapsody, have. I also wonder what Rhapsody does with all your tag information -- almost certainly ignores it completely. That means that the Genre tag for your local music will get set to whatever genre Rhapsody has for that file. I find Rhapsody's genres to be next to useless, and it means all that hard work tagging my music goes to waste.

Any comments you have on your experience would be appreciated.

I don't have an issue with Rhapsody's browsing. I mostly use search and then add it to my library if it's something I want to come back to. The one thing cloud sync did for me was transfer my ratings to Rhapsody (although that didn't really seem to help them provide me with better recommendations). After I disabled the Cloud Sync, it didn't remove the items it had already put in my library. I had to use the desktop player and remove them all myself, but it kept my ratings associated with the items it synced.

Now I believe it was still a beta when I used it, so it might have been improved since then. If there was a way to browse my Rhapsody library without the matched items mixed in, I might have kept it.

Hope that helps!