Logitech Squeezebox album art issue
Howdy again from Fort Worth, TX!!
Well, finally purchased two Logitech SBT's. Setup and everyday usage generally go without a hitch, except when sometimes my Windows box autoboots when it had been turned off. That's not a Logitech issue, and the autoboots are not on any sort of preset schedule, but they're probably a Windows Update or antivirus something or other. Restart the offending [SBT] client and we're back up and running.
It took me about a year to rip my legacy music collection. I used iTunes not only because of its ubiquity, but, believe it or not, it actually was the best out of a really bad field in parsing metadata.
This is a real headache when you want to play an entire album and there's an artist who doesn't play on the whole album (say, Brahms' VnC over three songs and his Double over three others). Since you can't edit Artist metadata from within the SBT UI, you have to go back into iTunes, edit the Artist field so that it's consistent over all selections on the album (the original CD in my example is DG 289 469 529-2), then go back into Logitech Media Server, check the Use iTunes checkbox, then do another media scan.
I have a funny feeling that if I used e.g. RealPlayer, Winamp, dBPA, or whatever, I would've been left high and dry. Anyway, I don't drill down the Artist or Album fields to find an album; I use the Search at root, usually typing a composer name for classical or an artist name for pop or jazz. Works well, and when I stumble across a metadata issue as above, on an as-discovered basis, I do the iTunes thing and scan again.
The other big issue is, what to do about the album art. On legacy material, the coverart doesn't come into the SBT UI on anything, whether or not the art was picked up by iTunes. The problem, I've been told, is that the iTunes UI saves the album art to a separate folder instead of embedding it in the songfile. Logitech service says it's working on a fix for this, but for now, Logitech directs me to some third-party scripts; so far I've been only able to find scripts for Macs, not Windows boxes.
I'll try this on my [pre-Intel G4] Mac laptop, but, as I mostly use my stationary Dell PC, I'm more interested in keeping a library there.
Eventually I'll move from an external drive to a NAS, and put all my music on the NAS, so I can create identical multiple libraries, one for each, on my PC, my Mac, and whatever iDevices or Androids I might subsequently own.
On non-legacy content, e.g. downloads (mostly from HDTracks, some from Classicsonline), the imagefiles come into the SBT just fine, even when i use iTunes to copy the Classicsonline songs from my local download folder to my music drive, which is an external HDD off my Windows box. I store the HDTracks, which are [non-iTunes-compatible] FLAC's, on another local download folder. I also get other FLAC's from other places, no problems there either.
I do have some musicfiles local to the Mac, so I'll download one of these scripts, try it, and report the results back to the group. If successful, I'll connect the SBT to another library on the Mac (which references, through iTunes, the external Windows drive) rescan the Logitech media server on the Mac, and see what shakes.
But in the meantime, has anyone out there figured out a way to get the artwork into an SBT when it's connected to a PC?
Thanks much for reading, John