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  1. @maxmp will need to check the detail, but it does sound like you've done everything correctly.

    You don't actually have some firewell app running that could be causing this do you? The Legacy File Access mode should be turned OFF for Android 11.

    Again, sounds like you've done this, but try revoking all storage access permissions and try granting access again via PA Settings > Library > Music Folders. Ideally to just one music folder, not a root location. Try internal memory first, then try external SD Card.


  2. Check the DVC settings, and it you have it turned on for BT try turning it off, and vice versa.

    Also ensure that Absolute Volume for BT is turned off in Android Settings > Developer Options (in most devices, that means turning ON a control labelled 'Disable Absolute Volume').


  3. 'Shuffle All Songs' does exactly what it says on the tin, it randomises the entire available library of available song files into one huge shuffled list. No consideration is given to titles, albums, artists, folders, etc, which means it is quite possible that the same artist may turn up twice in a row as that's the nature of randomness - but not the same physical file.

    PA then progresses through that list, song by song, until everything has been played. You'll see the track counter increment for every new song, and there can be no repetitions of the same file. You can manually move backward and forward through the list with the << and >> buttons by the way, the whole shuffled sequence is remembered from start to finish. So if you think a song has appeared twice you can scroll back until you find it; perhaps you have the same piece of music as separate files in two different albums, such as the original release, a collection, and even a live version?

    If you do something that triggers a re-shuffle, the track counter will go back to 1 again and all bets are off as to whether you happen to encounter something that you heard recently again. The new shuffled order does not remember anything about the old one. 


  4. PA should save its playback position state when you exit cleanly from the interface - normally by pressing Back or Home to get back to the desktop, or starting another app. Force closing - such as from the Android App Info screen, or doing a 'Close All' or swiping it away from the Recents list while the app is still active - may not allow time to save its state, and that can also be somewhat device-dependent (Android car head-units are notoriously bad at it for example).

    There is no point at all in doing this though, Android manages app memory usage for you automatically and it keeps a list of recent apps ready for you to re-open them if you want. Dormant apps are eventually unloaded if necessary. Rather like in Windows, you don't need to remove 'Recently Used Programs' from the Start Menu, or 'Recently Opened Documents' from Microsoft Office. They are just there to help you call them back when you want them.

    As I said, the one caveat to that is PA does have a tiny background service which remains in memory even when you are not using the app, which monitors for headset button events, Bluetooth connections, etc.

    So if you want the last-played state to be reliably stored, don't force close the app, just exit from it using the Back or Home buttons while it is not playing.


  5. 7 hours ago, Lomax said:

    Since Poweramp dosent have an exit option, to go to my homescreen i am using back key till i exit app.

    Yes, that's how you exit PA (and most apps in fact). That stops them from being active. If PA is not currently playing (which would obviously keep it running in the background) then it becomes dormant in that state - again, like any other app in that list - and that's how you should leave it. One caveat to that: as PA can be restarted from the headset buttons, so a small service remains operating in the background at all times.

    There is generally no need to clear anything out of that Recents list - and especially not while an app is actively running, Android handles memory management that for you. But if you do, it's quite possible that the app will not be exited gracefully and its current state may not be saved. As I said before, just don't do it, there's no need anyway. 


  6. There is no native banner header resolution. PA takes the artist image file (usually square) and crops it according to the screen resolution and size of the available header banner area, which can very from device to device, and also changes based on your preferred header settings (normal or compact) for that Category view too.


  7. Downloading podcasts and then moving the files using a second app was the only way I could find to get the files to automatically end up in the specific folders that I wanted. I've yet to find a podcast downloader that would allow me to define my own individual download folder location for each different podcast. Takes a bit of fiddling to set up, but once done it just works in the background as a scheduled task.


  8. No, it's not possible. PA is basically a local file player, although it can also stream audio sources which have valid HTTP URL addresses - such as free shoutcast radio stations. What it can't do is integrate with proprietary commercial platforms like Spotify, etc.

    What you can do though is apply PA's powerful equalizer features to other apps' audio output, via the use of the separate Poweramp Equalizer app.


  9. Thanks for the info, that was the cause of the problem then. I can't see how to turn if off in VLC anyway, so if anyone else has the same problem we know the reason.

    @maxmp While escaped characters such as %20 (or any others) within M3U files are pretty unusual, could you add a bit of code to import them correctly for any files created by VLC?


  10. As there are an increasing number of posts in the upper PA-EQ section of these forums which are actually about the main app not the EQ, and as the EQ app is no longer a brand new item, I'm going to swap the listing order around so hopefully people will find it easier to make posts in the correct sections. Sorry for any initial confusion.

    @maxmp Just a thought, and not sure what other users think, but I wonder if might it be easier to slightly tweak the app naming to avoid user confusion in conversations when referring to the Poweramp Equalizer (i.e. the separate app) versus the Poweramp Equalizer (i.e. the EQ options within the main PA app). If it's not already taken in the Android ecosystem, maybe rename the Equalizer as PowerEqualizer or PowerEQ (abbreviated to PEQ) or something similar? Just an idea anyway.


  11. Google is maddeningly placing further restrictions on app access to storage with every new release. I know Max is working on optimising this at the moment for the next release of PA, but it's an uphill battle.

    For now, do what I do for podcasts and use a background app that watches for and copies the contents of download folders over to locations of your choosing. I currently use one called FolderSync, along with Podcast Addict as my podcatcher. The combination works well, so any newly downloaded podcasts get copied to individually named folders in my /MusicFolders/Podcasts/ folder on my SD Card.


  12. Artist images can be any shape (as can album art) but square is considered most normal for thumbnails. If you want it to be less cropped for the larger header area specifically, go for more of a rectangular shape (the same would apply to album images).

    Artist images are stored locally in Poweramp's data folders on internal device memory, which for earlier versions of Android was in Android/data/_com.maxmpz.audioplayer/ (note the underscore) or on Android 10/11+, in  Android/data/com.maxmpz.audioplayer/files/ .

    The artist_art subfolder is used to cache any automatically downloaded images, while selected_artist is used for manually picked images. The filename is simply artistname.jpg (with most special characters such as brackets, quote marks, apostrophes, etc. replaced with underscores). Have a look at the current folder contents to get an idea of the format, and simply replace any existing files with new images as you wish.


  13. File-based playlists are actually handled very simply in Poweramp, so as to avoid issues with playlists copied from other devices that have wildly different directory structures - e.g. PCs where a file's absolute path might be "C:\Users\<username>\Music\Artist\Album\Song.mp3", which has no equivalent on Android.

    All that Poweramp needs in order to match an entry in a .M3U file with an existing song from its internal music library database is for both the filename and the first-level folder that contains it to match. All other path, tag or keyword information is discarded. Backward and Forward slashes are used interchangeably, you don't need to edit them manually between different operating systems.

    So for example if a playlist that was copied from a PC contains a line such as:

    C:\Users\myname\Music\ABBA\Arrival\Dancing Queen.mp3

    then Poweramp will search through its music database to find any song with a filename of Dancing Queen.mp3 that is contained inside a folder called Arrival (regardless of how deep inside the Android directory structure it is located, the upper folder levels are ignored). If a match is found, that song will be used in the resulting Playlist.

    So as long as your first-level containing folders match between your PC and your phone, Poweramp should be able to find the songs.


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