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Dan Gravell

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  1. I can't make the evening unfortunately, only Thursday daytime up to about 7pm when I'll have to go for my plane.
  2. I'll be there on Thursday, would be good to meet up!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Plug it into a computer instead and back it up, then allow a new NAS to reformat it. I'm curious about: Do they not support NFS or CIFS?
  7. Little confused about your setup - are you saying you have a Pi acting as a NAS with the storage being on external USB disks? And where is the playback originating from? Are you saying you also have playback on the Pi? Why do you want the hard drive to spin all the time? Waste of energy if you don't need them to.
  8. I can't talk for the "highest quality sound", but you could use the optional DLNA server in the Plex to serve up your FLACs from your NAS, centralising the lot (and hopefully making things slightly less complex from a device point of view) - https://techsupport.cambridgeaudio.com/hc/en-us/articles/204084801-Why-can-t-my-Network-Player-see-my-Plex-Media-Server-
  9. It depends on your requirements; you voiced a fear of extra complexity. It might not be as complex as you think.
  10. Do you mean RAID? RAID does a lot of things but I think the use case you are getting at relates to its use as an availability solution - it improves availability by having redundant disks so if there's a failure on one, you can get to the data on the other, BECAUSE YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED IT NOW. It is not a backup solution, and so your requirement for RAID as an availability solution is only really dictated on how fast you need to access your library (can you wait a few days for a new drive to be posted and for you to restore from backup?).
  11. This assumes all your metadata is in the filesystem you are copying. Some software like iTunes maintains a separate database. This can be a problem in two ways. The first is if the intent of your copy is to use the HDD elsewhere; in that case, the database hasn't been moved. The other is if the intent is to use the HDD on the same machine; in that case, with the file locations changed, the software loses track of your files. One workaround to this would be to make sure the logical paths for the target files are, following the copy, the same as the source files. For example, if you are on Windows and the drives are mapped, unmapping them following the copy and then re-mapping with the drive letters swapped. This way your software won't tell the difference.
  12. Thanks for notifying me of this @BigBadger - I replied to your comment on the site. You might also want to email us as per https://www.blisshq.com/support/reporting-problems.html to see if we can help with your setup. The trouble is the file organisation rule is very powerful and, if set to full automation, will move files without you saying so - I recommend running in manual mode first of all so you can check all the suggestions. That said - sounds like the miscalculation of artist name is a separate issue; emailing us will help us get to the bottom of that. Thanks again!
  13. If you're on a Mac device, Doug Scripts has lots of useful scripts for doing things like syncing album art into the files: https://dougscripts.com
  14. So here's an opinion from an audio software writer, marketer, business owner... It might surprise some here, but actually the subscription model is no easy ride for software companies. Not small, startup ones anyway - it's notoriously difficult and lengthy to get software making decent revenue based on subscriptions and especially in the B2C space as consumers are much more reticent about subscriptions. Typically, to mitigate this, startups offer annual plans at a discount (or even lifetime, like Roon) to get initial cashflow so the money can then be used for marketing etc. Or alternatively a big chunk of funding but that provides all kinds of other downsides, especially to an early stage company. For the big players though who have it cracked via existing market ownership (like Adobe) it's not just about the bottom line; it's also about cashflow and revenue predictability. I make and sell bliss. It's sold on the basis of the number of fixes it makes to a library because I thought that was the best way to measure value. Up until two years ago it was either finite fix top-ups or an unlimited package. Both got you unlimited software updates forever and also unlimited metadata lookups. Generally I aim for new releases with features and bug fixes every two weeks. I realised the unlimited updates offer was extremely generous; it was an unquantified debt. I realised I had to charge for updates, and the model I ended up with was similar to @The Computer Audiophile's write-up for @jriver. Only, because of continual updates rather than yearly updates, I added a separate subscription for product updates (you also get a year's updates for free). If you don't subscribe, you can keep using the older versions of the software. The remaining issue is metadata lookup. In the case of Roon, if you're not upgrading the software, that's the remaining cost. Maybe Roon users would prefer it if the metadata subscription was separate and optional, and you were able to purchase one time versions of the Roon software. But given how integral metadata is to Roon, I'm not sure how that would work. Ideally, following @wgscott's anology, any music already "Roon'd" would remain "Roon'd" after the subscription ends, but new music cannot be. But that then completely devalues the use and raison d'etre of the software.
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