jgbrown54 Posted February 9, 2012 Share Posted February 9, 2012 I have Poweramp installed on a Set Top Media player connected directly to the ethernet, instead of being connected wirelessly, with a 4GB SD and 2 TB HDD with around 26,000 songs in 1,400 folders. This causes some interresting issues.Scanning time is excessive. I have to deal with timeout errors (Force Stop, Wait). I guess it,s not surprising. That is a lot of songs.The standard remote only has Up, Down, Left, Right, Play/Pause, Skip Forward, Skip Back, Next Song, Previous Song, Back, Home, and some numbers. That is enough to play but it is difficult to navigate some area os the screen. I also have a Blue Tooth keyboard with a TouchPad. The Touchpad allows me to do most things on the screen similar to touching the screen.A major issue is that the manufacturer disabled access to the Menu button in the top right corner of the screen. And there is no button to emulate it on the keyboard. So I can not access the option screens. Therefore I can not set it to look for album art when it's not connected to WiFi. Along with other options I might want to change if I could.Since there so many folders, each a separate album, the folder list is difficult to use without having any defined tree structure. For example, with a tree structure, I could find the album I want by going to /Music/Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia/Reflections and play all the songs in that folder for the Reflections Album by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Logical. Looking for an album in the album list named Reflections causes me to have to scroll down approximately 800 albums to find it. Normally when I'm looking for something to play, I would decide that I want to listen to The Grateful Dead, navigate to that folder, and then pick the album I want to hear. Anyone who has a large music collection will have them sorted (whether they are records, CDs, cassettes, or whatever, would usually have them sorted by artist, then by album name. Granted there is an artist list but, as an example, my Grateful Dead folder also contains The Grateful Dead. The Dead, Further, Bobby and The Midnights, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Kingfish, Rat Dog, Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, ........ all considered as Grateful Dead depending on who is playing on the album. Similarily you may want a group such as Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Gace Slick and the Great Society, Jorma Kaukonan, ...........Based on the above issues (not necessarily bugs) and the flood of Android Set Top Media players coming out of China, I would recomend the following changes:Scanning for a list of albums and playlists and folders should be done in the background. Currently it seems to be creating the lists when they are needed and then having to sort them alphabetically. There should be a scanner that runs in the background and creates the list and sorts it. Then when the list is needed, it will already exist and scanning and sorting is not required. It would only need to be displayed.There needs to be another way to access the options other than clicking on the menu button.There should be a way to navigate through the folder tree, other than just a list of folders, and tell it to play all songs in that specific folder and/or all songs in subfolders of the selected folder. The is a good little app called FolderPlayer that does this but is lacking all the great features of Poweramp. For example, I could select the folder /Music/Grateful Dead and have retrieve all 2,351 songs that are in the 120 sub folders, shuffle them, and play them. No Play List required.A Play List should be able to be opened in a file browser by launching Poweramp. In an attempt to come up with something similar to number 3 above. I created a playlist containing all 2.351 Grateful Dead songs using an external app. If I use a file browser to open the playlist, it gives me the option of opening it with Poweramp. However, Poweramp gives and error saying it can't play that type of file. If I wait long enough for the scanner to run, the playlist will eventually, but not immediately, show up in the Library under Play Lists. Then I can play it. Shouldn't Poweramp be smart enough to know that it was opened and passed a PlayList file to play?Ok. Enough of the issues. Right now my immediate need is a way to access the options. Is there an XML file or something that can be opened and edited to change the options? If so, where can I find it and can it be edited without rooting my device? Or is there any way to access the options without clicking on the Menu button which I don't have?As more and more Android Set Top media players become available, someone needs to create apps that work with them and allow simple navigation for users. What are your thoughts? Waht issues do you see that should be addressed? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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