Saturday, November 16, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 17

Alpha 17 brings 2 fairly significant additions/improvements: sort tags and auto dj

Improved Sorting

GMMP's scanner will now read 4 new tags: Artist Sort Order, Album Sort Order, Album Artist Sort Order, and Composer Sort Order.  The tag editor has been updated accordingly.  For users who have files with multiple artists/composers/etc, the sort order tags work in the same way.  If your artist tag has 3 artists semi-colon delimited, the artist sort tag should also have 3 sort orders semi-colon delimited (see 4th image below).

Composer list sorted by composer sort order

Sorting is always improved by the return of the ignore prefix feature.  This is available to the majority of the lists and by default will ignore 'A' and 'The' prefixes.  In the 3.0 beta I will open this up to customization.  To use these 2 new sorting methods, I added a sub menu under the sort menu named 'Modifier' (if anyone has a better name for this feel free to email me or post in the forums).  The idea behind the sort modifiers is to take the selected sort order and either swap artist/album/etc with their associated sort order, or to take the selected sort order and ignore prefixes.


Users of Musicbee should be familiar with Auto-DJ.  As of right now GMMP has a much more limited version compared to musicbee, but it is still pretty powerful.  Auto-DJ playback mode basically keeps your queue populated with songs as your approach the end.  In a way it is similar to some of the On Queue Completion options, but the queue is not reset.  Right now the defaults for auto dj are an initial size of 10 (makes sure at least 10 songs are in the queue), and an upcoming song count of 5 (makes sure there are at least 5 tracks after the actively playing song).  Song selection is determined by either a smart playlist, or the default (random songs from entire collection) if no playlist is selected.  Songs should not be repeated for the most part until the entire contents of the playlist has been played once (this is maintained in the database so it will survive the app being closed).  Customizations for auto dj are planned for the 3.0 beta.

Auto DJ option for smart playlists

Original queue

3 tracks added to the end of the queue by auto dj

Auto DJ icon in place of shuffle
Auto DJ can be enabled by clicking the shuffle button until you see the headphone icon.  The last used smart playlist (or default rules) will be used when auto dj is enabled this way.  It also can be enabled via the library 3 dot menu at the top (this will use the default rules), or via the smart playlist context menu (uses smart playlist rules)

3.0 Alpha 17 (2019-11-16):

-Added support for artist sort, album artist sort, album sort, and composer sort tags
-Added new sort modifier menu option to allow sorting by sort tags
-Added 'Ignore Prefixes' sort modifier that will ignore 'The' and 'A' prefixes when sorting (will be customizable in beta)
-Added sort tags to smart playlist order by options
-Added Auto-DJ play mode that will automatically add songs to queue when nearing the end
-Added 'Enqueue Shuffled' to genre, artist, albumartist, and composer lists (available while in shuffle or auto dj mode)
-A toast will now show when playback or repeat modes are changed
-Added 'Auto-DJ' context menu option to the smart playlist list.  Will use selected smart playlist as the Auto-DJ ruleset
-Added 'Auto-DJ' toolbar menu option to the libraries views.  Will use the default Auto-DJ ruleset
-Updated a bunch of GMMP dependency libraries
-Fixed text and icon color issue when forcing a theme reset
-Album date added should now be correctly added by the scanner
-Fixed bug editing composer tag from the composer view
-Fixed composer sort options
-Fixed cast related crash on shutdown
-Fixed socket timeout crash when downloading album art


Saturday, November 2, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 16


GMMP now has the ability to add filters to existing views to customize what shows in an existing view/tab.  Under the hood they are just smart playlist rules that get added to the regular library query.  Right now I have only added 2 filters, but in the beta there will be a way to add your own filters.  The 2 filters are "Hide Podcasts" and "Hide Audiobooks" (to go along with the new audioview library view).  These filters are off by default since they can slow down the database queries a bit (depending on the size of your library), but they are useful to completely separate your music from your podcast/audiobooks.  You can also now set specific paths for your audiobooks / podcasts in the scanner settings.

Embedding Album Art

The tag editor can now embed album art into your tags.  Single files / songs can have art embedded and so can entire albums.  I've also restored the "Prefer embedded art" setting.

Original embedded art

Same art is associated with the album

Edit art for the single track in album

Embedded art selector is similar to the regular album art selector

New embedded art was chosen for the file

The album's art is still the same, but the tracks embedded art was changed

Lyric Editor

The tag editor also will let you add/edit lyrics to the tags.  The UI will show the raw text stored in the tags, so synchronized lyrics will have a lot of extra text that may look odd.

Unsynchronized Lyrics

Synchronized Lyrics

3.0 Alpha 16 (2019-11-02):

-Added customize->filter menu to artist, albumartist, song, and album view
-Added audiobooks view
-Added Hide Podcasts filter to filter menu
-Added Hide Audiobooks filter to filter menu
-Added "Doesnt Begin With" and "Doesnt End With" operators to smart playlist rules
-Added preferences to set podcast and audiobook paths
-Added popup warning to set podcast/audiobook paths if the view is added with no paths set
-Added support to write embedded album art to tags
-Added ability to embed album art into an entire album (all files in album)
-Readded prefer embedded art setting (Advanced -> UI -> Album Art)
-Added ability to edit lyric tags

-Removed 'rescan files' option in the scanner as it is no longer necessary
-Minor improvements to scanner to prevent unnecessarily rescanning the same folders
-Improved album art loading performance

-Fixed issue with structured voice searches
-Fixed crash when cast api cannot be found
-Fixed equalizer crash
-Fixed crash trying to seek via MediaSession
-Fixed writing to sdcard when only a subfolder of the root is given permission
-Properly close file after editing tags
-Fixed album art not refreshing when embedded art is changed
-Fixed other various crashes

3.0 Alpha 16a (2019-11-03):

-Fix album art disappearing after a scan
-Force reset themes to hopefully fix corrupted UI issue