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  1. I tend to only use folders and files when syncing files between devices. It's interesting you @hopkins mentioned "flexibility" - to me, tags will always be more flexible as they avoid the restrictions of the hierarchical structure most mainstream filesystems impose. But there's obviously something in what you're saying, so I wondered what it was!?
  2. Thanks Chris! I must admit I was a bit embarrassed... especially about the Wave Radio!
  3. Big shame - fortunately the hotel room was refundable!
  4. This is really interesting - sounds like a "scrapbook"? I think tagging and existing metadata approaches can play into this - there is data out there is immutable and objective - so long as it is (to you) correct, consistent, syntactically formatted in your way, and so on. I think existing approaches can be an "input" to your system. I'm interested in your thoughts of ways to store the richer content. You could store it in markdown, or HTML, or something, but it feels like there's a lot of things to consider here - duplication of content, citations etc. Personally, I don't do this because I am content with identification of releases/artists tieing to globally shared resources like MusicBrainz IDs, links from which can provide further information (e.g. Wiki articles, BBC reviews etc). That said, there might be something at the personal, private level that I might want to record, but I can't think of any examples of that right now (rather morbidly I have a list of songs for my funeral... but that's just a .M3U playlist 😉 )
  5. I'd be interested to learn more about what you are doing - I think "hybrid cloud" or "self hosting" in the cloud might be a growing phenomena.
  6. Thanks for the feedback, it's very useful - although I don't recall saying "I know what you want" - album art could easily be optional, in fact the tagging options in general could be optional. What are the problems with online backup for you at the moment? Personally I just use S3 still (used to use rsync.net who had excellent customer service, but the price increase was just too much).
  7. I've been thinking about this topic for a while. What if your "gold" library was actually stored online, with backups, tagging and organisation fixed for you, and a set of "sync" software responsible for keeping your local devices up to date (maybe with rules, e.g. maximum artwork size, transcoding, only select certain music etc)?
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    I might've misunderstood, but bundling Plex is as good as requiring the server is installed isn't it? Maybe Plex's market share is larger than I thought, and lots of people have it running... just thought a more standards based client would be more appropriate.
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    Seems odd they would mandate a proprietary piece of software without bundling it themselves. Are you should a UPnP server wouldn't work? Personally I find Plex pretty clunky - the Android app inparticular is poor. I've found Jellyfin more usable, but only recently moved to that so maybe the kinks will show with time!
  10. I can't make the evening unfortunately, only Thursday daytime up to about 7pm when I'll have to go for my plane.
  11. I'll be there on Thursday, would be good to meet up!
  12. But maybe if you isolate what the issues are you can fix that long term... - Missing metadata can normally be filled in automatically, or at least with a single confirmatory click, in most metadata editors - Inconsistent metadata, or metadata not stored in a way that is suited to A can be converted in an automated way (e.g. in MP3Tag you can save "actions") So I'm interested - are there consistent rules which you should follow to ensure A displays consistently? I could write an article about that, I'm sure @damien78 would give me any technical pointers.
  13. Do you mean "using self hosted software"? Even if the software is self hosted, remember a lot of software still needs access to online sources of data on an ongoing basis. For example, Roon continues to contact its metadata servers. Who pays for that? If you pay once you have to recognise you are making a bet that your usage will outlive the average.
  14. Bear in mind the PSU can modulate, so you're not drawing a constant 60W. Typically in desktop computers you spec a PSU which is in excess of the demands of the system. Then, ideally, purchase a high quality PSU which is able to modulate the best. There are various certifications for this.
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