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Red Balooon

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  1. I have the problem on my Note 9. Noticed something wrong, so I spent half a day with Poweramp force stopped. Used less than five percent of my available battery. Turned on Poweramp, and listened to some music, and it was reading that Poweramp used about 15% of my available battery after around three hours. That seems like alot, and is certainly more than it used to use. I am not an engineer, so I don't know what the significance of @maxmp 's description of not being able to reproduce the problem means. Whatever people are experiencing is a real issue and worth investigating. Something must have changed in one of the last few updates to cause such a large increase in battery use.
  2. That's great news! Thank you Maxmp.
  3. I completely agree. How do we get Max to take some action on this?
  4. The error is intentional. The latest version disabled, unaccountably, the ability to play a queue at random. I am one of the many people who would like to see the feature restored, since I now find myself using Poweramp in tandem with another inferior player (what a pain!), just so I can listen to music the way I like.
  5. Me too. I used to use the queue, set to random, as the main way to play music, and would add and subtract from it on the fly. Now that's impossible, and that's a real problem for me. I can randomize playlists that I've already made, but as for building a new one on a whim, V3 is flat out inferior.
  6. Am I the only one who thinks this is a serious problem, that may require moving to a different, and in other ways inferior, player? I cannot fathom why the option of shuffling a queue would be taken away from those, like me, who use it as their main way to listen to a large collection of music.
  7. This is a real issue for me as well. I posted several times about it, and haven't gotten a satisfactory response. Creating a temporary playlist is really not a solution.
  8. Whatever the original intention, v2 enabled a more intensive use of the queue, as more than a quick break from "normal" playback. And I had been relying on it, and am very disappointed to see it taken out of v3. For me, a shuffled queue was a planned listening session, to program far more music than I had time to listen to, and present it at random, just like a radio station, created on the spot. Not a playlist, though, because it is an impromptu selection of music. When you shuffle one album, it's a conceit, and almost pointless. But throw together, say, a Beatles album, a Kinks album, a Pink Floyd album, a Stones album, some Doors, some Hendrix, maybe a Byrds album, and press "shuffle" and pretty soon it sounds like a really good '60s radio station. IMHO, there's an art to it. Adding and subtracting to a queue until it sounds right, once it's perfect you save a playlist, and pretty soon you have one for every mood. Essential for me anyway. Once my collection passed the 250 album mark, picking one album every time I want to listen to music became burdensome. Instead, for myself I listen to established playlists, and, when I am working with a large collection of unheard music, experimental queues. Out with other people, especially in the car with family, queues are essential, to include the music they like without making anyone crazy with too much of any one thing in particular. My daughter likes country music. Drives my wife crazy. Wife likes reggae. I like everything, including weird stuff that nobody else likes. So if I program 500 songs from all categories, and hit "shuffle", everybody's music is just around the corner, and there will be peace. And the very pleasant element of surprise, like a good radio station, that comes from something unexpected that you like. So there's a good reason why queues should be able to be shuffled. Try it yourself.
  9. Good to hear it's being worked on. I'd love to hear how you will be implementing it. I agree with Hitmeister that it was great when the queue would start after the current list. For me, the ability to shuffle a queue of music was essential, and I am really disappointed that it was taken away. I'm hoping it will be restored, at least as an option. Thanks.
  10. Okay, I'll try to be patient. When you shuffle one album, it's a conceit, and almost pointless. But throw together, say, a Beatles album, a Kinks album, a Pink Floyd album, a Stones album, some Doors, some Hendrix, maybe a Byrds album, and press "shuffle" and pretty soon it sounds like a really good '60s radio station. IMHO, there's an art to it. Adding and subtracting to a queue until it sounds right, once it's perfect you save a playlist, and pretty soon you have one for every mood. Essential for me anyway. Once my collection passed the 250 album mark, picking one album every time I want to listen to music became burdensome. Instead, for myself I listen to established playlists, and, when I am working with a large collection of unheard music, experimental queues. Out with other people, especially in the car with family, queues are essential, to include the music they like without making anyone crazy with too much of any one thing in particular.
  11. Okay, I'm adding an @maxmp My basic concern is simple: I should be able to load a queue with a few albums' worth of music, and play them at random by pressing the "random play" button. This was an essential function that worked in earlier iterations of v3, and was, unaccountably, intentionally disabled.
  12. Transient randomized playing of a few albums, that everyone at the car or at the party likes and have chosen, on the transient and impromptu spot, is exactly what v2 allowed and this one doesn't. Randomization of chosen on-the-spot music is an essential function. I shouldn't have to build a playlist. A queue is far better: you can add from and subtract from it on the fly, without alot of steps. I used to use it as the MAIN way I'd listen to Poweramp. My playlists, and I have many, all originated as particularly nice queues, a few chosen albums and songs blended together, that sounded good when randomized. This is the best way to listen to Poweramp, at least for users like me, and now it is gone. I am a huge music fan, with a large collection, and many carefully chosen playlists. I go on alot of long car trips. If Poweramp is no longer designed for a user like me, then you are forcing me to go elsewhere. But I have to ask: if it isn't designed for a user like me, then who in creation is it designed for?
  13. No, nothing compares to Poweramp, which is why it's so disappointing when essential functions, to me (and the others who have posted on this issue) get taken away. The fact that some people don't use a basic function like playing a list at random, doesn't mean that it should be taken away from the large number of people who have come to rely on it. Yes, when something essential is taken away from those of us who like Poweramp, and paid for it, it would be just basic courtesy to give an explanation. Ad hominem attacks on me don't really respond to the issue. Taken to its ultimate conclusion, Poweramp will just wind up losing customers to inferior players which, though not as good overall, serve the essential functions that we are just trying to express here.
  14. I don't understand why you would strip the ability to shuffle queues. This is an essential function, and I would like it back. Is there a workaround, other than finding another music player? On a trip or at an event, I want to be able, on the fly, to program a mix of albums, and when the wife or the kid or a friend wants to add an album to the mix, to add it without anyone's music playing to a conclusion before anyone else's. I used to be able to do this with ease. It makes no logical sense whatsoever to take this function away. Why? Along the same lines, GoneMad Music Player is pretty good. Not as good as Poweramp used to be (and can be again if you stop making dumb changes), but good enough to make me consider leaving for good. The courtesy of a response is requested.
  15. Really bad bug in this version: it doesn't pause when using Navigation (i.e. google maps). Wife was driving, and I was futzing around with the player, and I tried every combination and permutation of the "change focus" controls, and it would not work at all. The music kept playing, way louder than the navigation lady, and I could not hear what she was saying. Wife made me turn off the music altogether, which is the worst possible outcome on a long trip. Of course this is on top of the bugs that I posted about before, none of which are corrected. Maybe they are personal to me, but they bother me. (E.g., "shuffle songs in the list" should be the default when playing the list, and should be depicted only by the icon with the three rectangles to the left of the crossed arrows and with no other icon, particularly not icons that mean something else in other contexts). But I have to say: if navigation isn't fixed, for me that's the breaking point. I would absolutely need a different player, for car trips.
  16. Really bad bug in this version: it doesn't pause when using Navigation (i.e. google maps). Wife was driving, and I was futzing around with the player, and I tried every combination and permutation of the "change focus" controls, and it would not work at all. The music kept playing, way louder than the navigation lady, and I could not hear what she was saying. Wife made me turn off the music altogether, which is the worst possible outcome on a long trip. Of course this is on top of the bugs that I posted about before, none of which are corrected. Maybe they are personal to me, but they bother me. (E.g., "shuffle songs in the list" should be the default when playing the list, and should be depicted only by the icon with the three rectangles to the left of the crossed arrows and with no other icon, particularly not icons that mean something else in other contexts). But I have to say: if navigation isn't fixed, for me that's the breaking point. I would absolutely need a different player, for car trips.
  17. If that's the case, then the icons used to implement this should be corrected so that they are consistent and mean the same thing every time they appear in the program. As for being in a position to accidentally hit play almost everywhere in the program, if that's how its design I will live with it, but I do think that the program would make more intuitive sense if there was only one place where you could play music, and all paths from everywhere else in the program led to that place easily.
  18. thanks for that . come to think of it, once you hit either play or shuffle (preferably "shuffle this list") on the playlist screen, the main screen with the song playing should come up right away.
  19. Headphones are for when I actually want to listen to music, not for when I am fiddling with a buggy program with a confusing UI that used to be able to do what I want and doesn't any longer.
  20. I think you missed the whole point I was trying to make. I didn't mistake "repeat" for "shuffle." Nothing in my post indicated any lack of understanding of the many (confusingly different) things the "shuffle" button does in different situations. Please read again what I asked: When I load a playlist (which is often), or a queue, there are two buttons that will begin playing music: one for play (a triangle) and one for shuffle (two arrows twisted together). Elsewhere in Poweramp, the twisty arrows symbol means "shuffle all songs": here it means something different. Use a different symbol, and be consistent. Worse, pushing that button defaults to "shuffle all songs and all lists." Why is that the default? I always choose "shuffle this [gosh darn] list". Why won't Poweramp remember this choice? The question is about the difference between "shuffle" (the twisty arrows in the picture above), "shuffle all songs in a list" (the twisty arrows, with three small rectangles to the left), and "shuffle all songs and all lists" (the twisty arrows, with rectangles to the left, two rectangles underneath, and a wee small arrow at the bottom left). in prior versions of Poweramp, the "shuffle" button you depict only meant one thing, and it meant the same thing in every situation in which it appeared: shuffle every single song in the whole library, in my case, all 22,000. Now, it only has that meaning on the main screen when playing a song. When I load a queue, or a playlist, its meaning changes. That is what is confusing. Here is the screen that is the actual subject of my prior post: this is the screen that comes up after I tap on a playlist. You will see, under the name of the playlist (here "after hours"), the "shuffle" icon. Here, it does not mean "shuffle every song in the whole damn library." It means something else. This is inconsistent and needs correcting. When I get to this screen what I want to do is shuffle the songs in the playlist I just selected. I don't want to command Poweramp to shuffle all songs and all playlists, but that is what it does when I hit the "shuffle" icon. That's bad on two counts: the icon doesn't match the command, and the option I want isn't there. So I tap the mislabeled "shuffle" icon. It gives me a "pop-up" to tell me that I have just told Poweramp to shuffle songs and categories, something that doesn't match the icon. It plays a random song from the playlist (which is what I wanted to do). So I tap on the song, a (too) narrow horizontal band at the bottom. (In the screenshot, it reads "The One I love"). It brings up the "main" screen, which now shows a different "shuffle" icon, the one for "shuffle songs and categories." Note that I never told the program to make that choice. What I wanted was "shuffle just songs." I have to tap twice more. I shouldn't have to do that. In fact, that should be the option when you reach the screen depicted above, upon selecting a playlist or queue. And I don't think it's too egotistical to say that it should be the default choice on that screen, and depicted with the correct icon. Moreover the screen above should allow you to tap the "shuffle" icon repeatedly to get the option you want, just as Poweramp does elsewhere. Are we clear now? Or are you gonna send me another picture of the "repeat" icon?
  21. It's been a few days. Frankly I'm finding more bugs than I ever expected when I first got the beta. (I have 797). I would love to know if they will be fixed. 1. I can't get the queue to start playing immediately after an album. It sometimes plays after a single song, which is what the setting says is the default (it isn't), but this is inconsistent. The folder setting is too obscure: I don't know tech, but I know how to communicate in English, and this doesn't. It says that turning it on will get rid of the default setting that moves to the queue after a single song. It doesn't do that, and it is not clear what it is supposed to do. I want to move from any completed list to the queue: that was easy in the old version and completely unavailable in this one. 2. Sometimes when I'm playing an album, Poweramp just stops playing after one or two songs. Why? 3. When it does this, it's sometimes associated with a song scrobbling to Last FM that I never played. For example, I was playing Regina Carter, and Last FM told me I was scrobbling the Rolling Stones. WTF? 4. When I load a playlist (which is often), or a queue, there are two buttons that will begin playing music: one for play (a triangle) and one for shuffle (two arrows twisted together). Elsewhere in Poweramp, the twisty arrows symbol means "shuffle all songs": here it means something different. Use a different symbol, and be consistent. Worse, pushing that button defaults to "shuffle all songs and all lists." Why is that the default? I always choose "shuffle this [gosh darn] list". Why won't Poweramp remember this choice? 5. When you touch a song on certain lists, it starts to play. WTF? ONLY the play button should start the music playing. I woke up my wife at 3AM, and now I'm in big trouble and it's your fault. I thought I'd get more and more used to the upgrade. Instead, I like it less and less, the more I use it.
  22. Got the free skin. It's nice, but it doesn't solve the clutter problem, the buttons too big problem, the ugly problem, or other confusing aspects of the UI. I don't think a skin necessarily can: if Max says something will be on screen and not a menu, or that the "shuffle all songs" icon will sometimes mean "shuffle only this list," my understanding is that the skin will agree with him.
  23. Okay, I added 240 or so visualizations from Project M. That worked, but comparing the two programs leaves me thinking that the visualization on Poweramp really needs to incorporate more (open source) code and ideas from ProjectM. Specifically: (1) in Poweramp, the visualizations abruptly change from one to the next. In ProjectM, they slowly fade, one overlaid with the next, which is really cool. (2) ProjectM accommodates the highest resolution screen you can throw at it (mine's a Note 9), and Poweramp does not. (3) In ProjectM, you can easily change to the next visualization by swiping: any gesture that does the same in Poweramp, without going into a menu, would be good. (4) This one would be difficult (since it might interfere with the music player), but in Poweramp, touching the screen while the visualization is displaying makes it interactive: your finger draws a "trail" that is manipulated with the beat of the music and with the graphics of the vizualization. To do this in Poweramp would require that, like ProjectM, the visualization stay on until there's a double tap on the screen, reserving single touches for the visual effect. Just a suggestion.
  24. Yes, it very well should be: it's a setting. It should be opt in. And tapping the song should work the same in "full screen" as in "fade" as in "no visualization" , instead of behaving differently depending on the visualization setting.
  25. thanks for the tip. I'll try that. First I gotta figure out where they are now. ProjectM is the open source continuation of milk drop, for android, as I understand it.
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