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  1. It's a widget.  Right now, it seems broken (on my device anyhow), which is why I posted.  But if you go to Poweramp widgets, you'll see a 1X1 widget entitled "playlists".  On my device (samsung note 9) you then drag the widget to the screen.  There's will be a pop-up that has a tick box if you want your playlist to play at random.  Tick that first if that's what you want.  Then on the left there is a list of all your playlists.  Tap on one of them and the widget transforms into a shortcut that (when it's working) plays that playlist with one tap.  (It's not working right now).  These shortcuts can be put (at least on a note 9) into a folder, as shown in my screenshot.  It's a brilliant extra feature that I love, and I currently miss, and I trust @maxmp  to fix it, as he's done with all the other features that have needed work. 

    Because the widget is 1X1, it looks like an icon.  You can put a bunch of them into a folder.  


  2. It's an odd mix, like a trifle. Started with a large compilation of English psych-folk from the late '60s and early '70s.  (E.g. Bridget St. John, Vashti Bunyan).  Added updates on that style (Six Organs of Admittance, Big Thief).  Added extensions into "soft" psychedelia (Julia Holter, solo Robert Plant), and related American Primitive-style guitar (William Tyler, Glenn Jones) and straight-up Indian ragas (Anoushka Shankar, Ustad Bismillah Khan).

    The name is from "Images of Passing Clouds", a song by Gary Farr, who describes the clouds as "like a trifle."  If you get your hands on "Dust on the Nettles: 1967-1972" I highly recommend it.  

    Thanks for asking.  I have a similar playlist on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4e2OjcOtLGphTpxzemDd2Z


  3. Small problem with one of the two widgets I use.  The 1 X 1 widget allows me to put a playlist on the home screen and to play that playlist, randomized, just by touching the icon.  I love that feature, and have a whole bundle of playlist shortcuts set up to do that.  Since the last update, though, when I touch the icon for any playlist, the only thing that happens is that Poweramp opens to the last music played.  I tried reinstalling different playlist widgets, but it doesn't help.  I also tried turning off any battery savers or other restrictions, and that also did not work. I know this can be fixed because it was working beautifully only a few days ago.  Thanks for any help.

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  4. 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.  


  5. 6 hours ago, IgKnight said:

    This seems counterintuitive to me. Why would the queue ignore the shuffle? EVERY music player I have ever used shuffles the queue if you ask it to. I'm not about to go into Poweramp, go into my library of 800+ songs, skip around from CD to CD, or artist to artist and add songs to my queue for a 1 off play. I'm going to go artist by artist and add the songs I want to hear, shuffle it, then set it to repeat the queue. 

    Every music program I have ever used, going all the way back to WinAMP 1 in 1997 has worked this way, if you have a playlist and play that list, it basically adds it to the queue to play. 

    I completely agree.  How do we get Max to take some action on this?


  6. 15 hours ago, agw0121 said:

     

    Today I try to play my music in the queue. And found it cannot use the random play function.

    Even I try to press several differeny option for random play, the sequence is still the same and nothing interesting.

    Would you please help to check it is a error in the latest version?

    Thanks.

     

     

     

    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.


  7. 1 hour ago, IgKnight said:

    This is not how any version of Poweramp has ever worked. I've always added songs to my queue and selected shuffle and it has always shuffled them accordingly. If I try and play a playlist without adding it to my queue, then tell it to shuffle, it plays songs not in the playlist.

    If I have songs in my queue, and shuffle is on, then go into the queue and pick the song I want to hear, it just jumps to the first song in the queue, not the song I selected. 

    Example of how I have always used Poweramp since I bought it in 2011.

    Pick the playlist I wish to listen to, add it to the queue, set it to randomize the song and start the queue over once it's finishd. This has always worked.

    Now, I pick the playlist, add it to the queue, have it set to random and restart the queue over like it has always been, but now it plays the queue in order, and if I go into the queue and select a song to play, it just plays the first song in the queue, unless I turn off shuffle. 

    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.


  8. On 8/11/2018 at 1:38 PM, panamaklz said:

    Bumping. Have the same issue. I always play my playlists on shuffle so I might have to revert back until this is fixed ?

    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.


  9. 8 hours ago, karloto said:

    It seems that for v3 randomize queue doesn't work anymore. I used to make a queue from various folders and then switch on the random playlist and songs mode. What can I do?

    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.


  10. On 11/10/2018 at 4:26 AM, andrewilley said:

    The queue was never intended for shuffling all albums by an artist, it is just a temporary break from normal playback to play a single or a few specific tracks. It is not a regular playback mode.

    To shuffle all songs by an artist, start any song playing in Artists mode and then select the Shuffle mode as "Shuffle Songs" and each album by that artist will play with the songs in random order.

    Andre

    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.  


  11. On 11/7/2018 at 2:27 PM, maxmp said:

    Thanks for the request. In the next build queue was changed in regard to shuffle / repeat modes (queue now ignores those).

    Added suggested queue option in todo list.

    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.


  12. 18 hours ago, Absinthequ said:

    I use Poweramp about 40 hrs a week probably since Poweramp came out and think I've used shuffle once, ever. I can see why people would want to use it but can't imagine many people use it to shuffle albums as an essential feature of the player.

    I started using mp3's in 1997 and I don't think I've ever seen album shuffle on any other player on any platform until Poweramp.

    But I get why you're upset it left. I'm still requesting the album artist tags get fixed something like they were in v2. But don't throw a fit. Max is obviously consistently making changes to try please everyone. Make a request and be patient. If he stops making updates then we riot. Lol

    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.  


  13. 15 hours ago, djdarko said:

    A lot of us have different concerns, and while I don't really use the queue or shuffle functions myself, I can understand the troubles of those who do.

    Remember that V3 is still in beta, Max (the developer) has mentioned that he is still planning some changes and modifications. The best thing to do is to list your concerns clearly, detailing what you would like fixed/changed. Max has been updating the app quite frequently, so if your suggestions are rational, give him a chance to fix it.

    Adding an @maxmp will help too, because it gives him a notification that he was mentioned in the post.

    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.


  14. 7 hours ago, andrewilley said:

    Yes, use a Playlist rather than the Queue. The queue is just a brief and temporary means to exit from normal playback and listen to a few specific songs. It is transient and not intended to be used as a regular listening mode, that's what the main Library categories are for.

    Andre

    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?


  15. 2 hours ago, djdarko said:

    I bought it back when it was on sale for .99 cents, it's an OK player, it's one of few players that supports cue files, but it doesn't compare to Poweramp.

    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.


  16. 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.


  17. 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.


  18. 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.


  19. 4 hours ago, andrewilley said:

    Tapping on a song title in the Library has always started playback, that's what is meant to happen, nothing has changed there since PA was first released.

    Pretty much the same goes for the shuffle modes, there have always been several options which you can cycle through by tapping the Shuffle icon on the player screen (some terminology has been updated,  but it still needs some tweaking IMHO). However starting shuffled playback from within a playlist (or album, folder, etc) should shuffle the contents of that list before moving on to any other content; it would not make sense for it to shuffle all songs at that point. Again, same general functionality as v2.

    Andre

    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.


  20. 2 minutes ago, MeGustaPowerAmp said:

    Sorry man, I missed the playlist part... As far I knew, that button was an aleatory button... I'm pretty dumb xD

    Actually, your idea is quite good. 

    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.


  21. 9 hours ago, andrewilley said:

    1. Not sure why this option has been removed, there used to be three options for when queued items would commence playlist (immediately; after current song; after current list) but now it's just an on/off toggle.

    2. Max has mentioned he is aware of this and has solved it in his next dev build.

    5. This is intended functionality, and has always been the case. Single tap to play a track, long-press for more options. Sorry you are in trouble with your wife though, perhaps headphones might be an idea when using a music player in bed next time? :)

    Andre

    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.

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