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Posts posted by andrewilley

  1. It's a hard one to diagnose as you are using an unsupportable custom ROM on an unknown device, with an SSD drive connected to a USB port rather than device internal memory or normal Android SD Card access. There are so many possible variations there that it's hard to even work out where start. It sounds like file access is not occurring fast enough, but that's really more of a guess than anything. Are these regular MP3 files, or high bitrate/FLAC/etc? What happens if you try some tests using internal memory, or a more normal Android storage method?

    You could try running a manual FULL Rescan and see how many songs are recognised compared the number that are present on your drive, and then immediately submit a log via Settings > Get Support > Send Log > email to gpmaxmpz @ gmail.com. Post a message here to say you have done it (or DM @maxmp so he knows to look for it).


  2. 8 hours ago, martloaf said:

    Would you mind elaborating on the whitelisting process, or is that something that will be specific to my device?

    It is specific to your Android version, but try either the Android Settings > Apps menu, or Android Settings > Device Care > Battery > App Power Management > Apps that won't be put to sleep. You may need to add both Poweramp and the unlocker. 


  3. It looks as though that sync program (or something else) really made a mess of the database, and if even a Full Rescan does not resolve it then I suggest you clear all app data for Poweramp in your Android app settings and let it rebuild everything from scratch. You may want to Export your Settings and any internally-created Playlists first, as those will be lost otherwise.


  4. 6 hours ago, confused said:

    To say the least.

    So if I have got it right if I say select Horses by Patti Smith in albums select " Repeat Off " and " Shuffle Off " then play back should end after last track?.

    Correct, if you start playing an album (or a song in an album) from the 'Albums' Library Category, and you have Repeat Off and Shuffle Off, then all  the songs of that album will play in order and playback will stop at the end. Think of the term 'Repeat Off' as really meaning 'Play Current Category and then stop'. If you want to continue to play onward (so the next album, then the next, etc and start again after the last album) then you should use Advance Category which basically means 'Repeat All Categories'.

    I have been asking for a while if we could maybe have the Repeat options renamed with slightly more user-friendly wording (such as 'Play Current Category', 'Repeat All Categories', etc), but it's not something that has found time as yet.


  5. A question that was asked a while back (I can't remember which thread) was whether it is possible to create visualisations that have transparent backgrounds rather than solid black or white, so something like an EQ pattern can be overlaid over the existing PA blurred background layer for example. This is a little bit different from PA overlaying its own elements over the vis background, which is already provided of course. 


  6. (1) It has been suggested previously to make tapping the Shuffle (and possibly Repeat) icon work as a simple on/off toggle, which would enable or disable the user's most recent selection. Long-press can still be used to select from the various options. There does seem some merit in that logic to me too, as I more often want to simply turn Shuffle off (or back on again) rather than having to cycle through five choices (or ten, as I usually overshoot) to get to where I want.

    (2) Google Voice Commands can be a bit hit and miss generally to be honest, and while basic commands like "play [song] by [artist]" work, more complex sequences often do not. I don't know if this is down to Poweramp or Google though.


  7. Android Auto shows the album image rather than the Album Title text, that's just the way its interface is designed. I would prefer it did both too, as there's plenty of spare screen space. 

    I'm not sure if it's possible to override it in some way - perhaps by sending the Artist string as a concatenated version such as "%artist% - %album%".


  8. 4 minutes ago, monkeybutt said:

    it seems album & artist are actually one element in Poweramp, can't be separated by skin.

    Yes, that's correct. PA builds one piece of text for that second line which is used in both the list screen and on the player screen. At present it shows as "%artist% - %album%", and you can show or hide that combined string via a skin.

    There is a request for this string, and possibly the Title line too, to be editable (e.g. you could omit the artist and show the album & year with a style layout such as "%year% - %album%") but I don't know when or if this might be planned for implementation.


  9. Tap the Repeat icon, second to the right under the album art, until it shows 'Repeat Off' - which basically means play the current Category (in this case, an album) and then stop.

    You probably have it set to the default 'Advance Category' at the moment, which translates to play all Categories (albums) and then either stop if you are using the 'All Songs' Library mode, or repeat forever if you are using one of the other Library modes. The Repeat icon terminology can be a bit confusing for new users, there's a FAQ about it if you want to learn more:  https://forum.powerampapp.com/kb/en_us/faq/how-to-use-‘repeat’-and-‘shuffle’-in-poweramp-r4/


  10. Any thoughts on the Settings > Library > Lists > Show Track Number > 'Separate Number' issue I mentioned a few versions back, where not enough space is allocated in lists for two-digit track numbers when artwork is shown too? May just need the artwork sliding over a bit in this mode to be honest, as there seems a bigger gap on the other side. 

    On 7/14/2020 at 5:54 PM, andrewilley said:



  11. Correct, there is no image directly associated with the 'Album Artist' descriptor - which in many cases would be something along the lines of "Various Artists" anyway. Thus the extra option to assign an image for the Artist is only available in the Artist category.

    @maxmp I can't see it would do any harm to provide an 'Also use image for Artist' tickbox when the user has arrived at the track via the Album Artist category too. And on a related note, were you able to give any thought to adding a similar tickbox when selecting Album artwork, so people can choose whether to apply newly selected artwork to the current track only, or to the whole album? (There was another thread on this general subject recently)


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