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  1. Yeah, like I said, I'm on it now in fact. So, paging through, I get some album art again now. It seems almost like there's some factor involved like it not liking certain sorts of album art. Unfortunately, I use shuffle, so I can't go back and forgot what I had it on with no art. I'll have to go through later when I have time to try to figure out which files seemed to not work. Or perhaps manually clearing the cache makes it start working again but only temporarily. I think I did download album art for an album or two last time.
  2. Well, I'm back. I was wrong. When I did that before album art started showing up again in most things, but now it's suddenly gone again. This time I went into the settings under album art and hit the clear cache option, but to no avail. I still see no album art within Poweramp itself. I confirmed that things with embedded images were failing to show them even.
  3. Bear in mind that every one of these came from before that update where everything broke. So my guess is how it stored the data changed at some point or other. I didn't really look at them in much detail, but I did notice one had a date from 2012, so that's how old these files are apparently.
  4. Well, obviously going across devices I would lose settings. (Well, ok, I suppose I could try to restore via TitaniumBackup, but that doesn't seem worth the effort.) Actually, the switch to the alpha version should obviously have lost all settings anyway since it isn't technically the same app. However, you still lead me towards the answer it seems. So one thing I've kept all this time was the "albumart.pamp" files that Poweramp was placing in folders. I didn't particularly want to redownload some of the higher resolution covers for some stuff. My guess is at some point it changed how the files worked or something and they didn't get converted over. I kept the original files around in the music collection that transferred across devices. I deleted those files (I probably could have used the in-app "clear album art cache" option in retrospect, but this worked fine) and hit rescan and now it seems album art works again. It's a bit strange that an update broke this some time ago. It never occurred to me that these files were the culprit. Originally I wondered if it had something to do with the fact I was using CyanogenMod on all of my devices, but for once I'm on a stock ROM (since CyanogenMod seems to have abandoned the Z3 Compact as nearly as I can tell -- or if not outright abandoned it may as well be given that 6.x has been out for so long that Google already has preview releases of 7) so I knew for sure then that it couldn't be the culprit (not that I ever believed it, but a lot of developers immediately clam up the moment you admit you're not using a stock ROM.) Guess you can close this thread if you'd like. If anyone else runs into the same problem, hopefully they'll run across this in a search.
  5. So I think I asked about this a long time ago, but the problem remains and I didn't find that thread in an initial search at least. Simply put, Poweramp hasn't shown album art within the app itself in years. It stopped all of a sudden one time with an update, but that was several devices ago and never again have I seen my album art in any songs. Whether downloaded or embedded. I've tried changing settings around. For example, I've tried both with and without settings like the 24-bit RGB. Thinking maybe setting it to prefer downloaded album art might override the embedded art in songs where I already manually embedded something nice I even tried turning that setting off. Still no go. The funny thing is, it works everywhere else. It shows up in the dropdown and even on the lock screen, just never within the main app itself. I thought also maybe it was skin related, but I don't even have skin options since atm I'm using the alpha version for its high-res output capabilities and it just has the one thing built in without even any options available. I've been out of ideas for a long time and basically just putting up with it, but I'm really starting to miss having that nice album art showing up with each song.
  6. So now that this latest Poweramp can (on supported devices) actually change to a sample rate other than 48KHz, I think it should have an option to change the sample rate depending on the input and use whatever the actual input uses. Eg play a 44.1KHz file at 44.1KHz, a 48KHz at 48KHz, etc etc. Perhaps a nice option might be to have a 2x option for an exact doubling resample (eg 44.1 to 88.2 which IS an official standard for digital devices, but not thought of normally so I'm not sure if it works in Android, and 48 would obviously double to the rather well known 96.) Obviously it wouldn't double anything that's already at the max (eg no doubling of 176.4 or 192KHz sources.) Perhaps even a 4x mode for those who want 176.4 and 192. This way resampling is kept to the cleanest results or not used at all where possible. This doesn't just have theoretically better sound, but should even use a tiny bit less CPU power. (Well, probably not a huge difference, but perhaps especially handy when listening for a long time.) Not that I'm saying it has a bad resampler (I seem to recall reading really good things about the optional SoX resampler in fact) just that I generally prefer to keep things 1:1 whenever I can and even SoX will surely do better with an exact 2.0x or 4.0x multiplier versus, say, 1.088x or 4.36x or whatever since quite a lot of content is still at 44.1KHz these days and will likely remain so for a long time still (standards sure are frighteningly slow to improve in markets like these...)
  7. 1. SONY Xperia Z3 Compact 2. Android 6.0.1 stock (I guess CyanogenMod has abandoned the Z3c, but it seems SONY hasn't surprisingly enough.) 3. The link posted earlier ( http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2014/10/01/xperia-details-hi-res-audio/ ) includes the Z3 Compact. I think in this respect it may actually basically have the same sound-related hardware as the Z3. BTW, it sounds just amazing through my external DAC (a Fiio E18K.) Just... They gave it a super tiny USB cable that assumes all Android devices have their USB connection on the bottom and quite a lot of SONY devices put it on the side. -.- (One of these days I'm going to have to build a custom cable probably because I can't find any third party ones that work.) EDIT: BTW, you talk about things being disabled at the software level. Perhaps this is something Xposed Framework can deal with? Food for thought maybe? Obviously not something everyone can use, but maybe a solution for at least some people? EDIT2: I just updated. It only mentions the Z3, but shows the SONY API and offers the option to enable it on my Z3 Compact, so I believe it must have been included by default. It seems to work as far as I can tell.
  8. I think it might be nice if Poweramp someday implemented a crossfeed. Basically the idea of crossfeed is to apply a bit of delay and mixing to stereo sound to essentially emulate the crossfeeding one gets when listening to speakers instead of headphones (eg you hear a bit of the sound from the left speaker in your right ear and a bit of the right speaker in your left ear with a subtle delay among other things.) Probably the best info I could show for how exactly this works would be the Foobar "bs2b" (Bauer stereophonic-to-binaural) plugin as it has a lot of details and code available to all to see (albeit for the Foobar2000 player rather than something generic.) You can find its Sourceforge page here: http://bs2b.sourceforge.net/ It explains what exactly it does and how it is beneficial better than I can really. Basically this reduces or eliminates listening fatigue for most people when using headphones for a long period of time even though it is, overall, a pretty subtle effect. It does use more CPU power unfortunately, but from what I can tell, it's actually a pretty small increase overall. Well, obviously it wouldn't be a setting that's turned on by default, but I think it could be overall beneficial to people as the majority of people actually using Poweramp are probably listening with headphones. PS. Sorry for so many requests at once. I've been meaning to post about each of these in turn for quite a while, but just didn't get around to it until now.
  9. Ah, I see what you mean. I didn't expect to have to look there. Still, I cared less about the sorting and more about the actual browsing itself. I never did like browsing by tags -- you almost might just as well not even use folder mode at all when you're using tags IMO. EDIT: Oops, either it was added in an update since I posted this or there has always been an option hidden right there in that same settings menu to browse folders by filename. In that case, I guess my suggestion is only that when browsing by filename, it shouldn't rely on scanning. After all, all it has to do is a simple file list. I noticed that it still requires this even because I had just added a few files and it didn't see them even when set to browse by filename instead of tag until I manually initiated a scan from the main settings menu.
  10. I actually like to sort my files my own way, so use file and folder sorting rather than sorting by things like albums or artists (this is, in no small part, due to the fact that I generally only listen to one or two tracks from an album.) Poweramp has always been good about this, but, in a recent update it seems to have started showing ID tags even in the folder view even though I've tried every setting I could to try to keep it from doing this. This means it has to scan the files now and it also takes longer to show the folder view this way. It also means files are no longer sorted the same way since they sort by tags (so now two things I'm used to being right next to each other may, in fact, be completely separated.) It's also kind of annoying if you listen to music from other languages and use tags from those languages, then basically romanized filenames to make actually finding things a lot easier. Since the tags aren't romanized (I like to use MusicBrainz in particular for mass album tagging as I've found it to be the most accurate and reliable database so far) I end up getting presented with a lot of characters that, to be perfectly honest, I don't really understand. I don't really want to "break" the tags by romanizing them all (and thus making them no longer correct by the database in particular) as up until now the filenames alone were sufficient. Besides, folder view should really be a folder view without using tags IMO. Of course, all of this could be entirely optional. There's no reason why anyone who actually WANTS to browse by tags shouldn't be allowed to if they really want to. Those of us who like seeing the filenames could get the benefits of it not having to scan the filesystem for changes all the time and sorting by filenames too however. A simple option to this effect should be sufficient and then file browsing doesn't have to do anything special beyond what it already did before: just presenting files and folders with the same basic options if you tap and hold (like enqueue -- I've always loved how Poweramp handles queues and hope it never changes.)
  11. I don't know if all Android devices are the same, but my Archos 43 has a pretty bad volume control. In particular, there's this one point near the top where I'd swear it jumps at least 6dB with one button press and I want it to only go up about 3dB. There's just no accuracy in the upper volume range at all and no matter how hard I try I just can't quite get it right. The best I've been able to do so far is MP3Gain process all of my music to a weird number, and then slightly adjust ReplayGain in Poweramp to get it just a bit closer to something that comes out about right at those volume levels. What I'd really love to see though is if ReplayGain could just override the device controls. Basically, just have the device use full volume (I know programs can do this because I have one game that sometimes does it even) and then take over the volume control buttons with your own software volume control with much more accuracy and control instead. The resulting control would be more accurate and generally better for everyone I think.