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    Smile Playing randmon tacks from a sub folder

    I have Asset v7.4 and the free version of Minimserver on a Synology NAS DSM7 ( but same thing used to happen on DSM6.
    I have arranged my music files basically in a folder called FLAC.
    Within FLAC are other sub folders usually band names plus a large folders for compilations.(Some people just have Various Artists but I have name mine differently.)
    If within a folder I have have something like:
    FLAC>
    50s-60s-70s Compilations>
    The Complete Motown Singles Discs 1-6 (This Folder I create and copy the 6 albums into it)>
    The Complete Motown Singles Disc 1
    The Complete Motown Singles Disc 2
    The Complete Motown Singles Disc 3
    The Complete Motown Singles Disc 4
    The Complete Motown Singles Disc 5
    The Complete Motown Singles Disc 6

    Same thing if if I have say:
    Ten Years After (Studio Albums) then have all the Ten Years After studio albums within this Folder or any other artist.
    Can play and shuffle all songs in an individual album within the folder just not shuffle all albums in the folder.
    Or any other folder could be 10cc or The Beatles or ZZ Top... etc etc etc

    If I use Minimserver I can randomly play all songs from the folder The Complete Motown Singles Discs 1-6.
    If I use asset all I get is "Your playback queue is empty"
    My settings for Asset are basically default.
    There is nothing I can set up in Minimserver besides what directory to point to to index.
    Is there a way of configuring asset to achieve what I want to do?
    Tried changing some of the Browse Tree setting in Advanced to no avail so I just hit the default button.
    Hopefully I have explained this satisfactorily enough?
    So hopefully someone will have the answer for me?
    I would rather use Asset but the ability to shuffle from a whole folder of albums is what I like to do sometimes and unfortuately I have to use Minimserver to do this.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Playing randmon tacks from a sub folder

    Quote Originally Posted by Floyd View Post
    There is nothing I can set up in Minimserver besides what directory to point to to index.
    I assume you mean that you haven't configured anything in MinimServer, as there is A LOT that can be.

    MinimServer doesn't offer any shuffle functionality natively so it must be your control point offering this, so what control point are you using, and are you browsing by folder or tag (I assume folder but just want to confirm)?

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    Re: Playing randmon tacks from a sub folder

    Thanks.
    The Minimserver I have been using is the free version and hence I cannot see any way of configuring.
    So I am unsure of how Minimserver is handling it.
    I do browse by Folder in both Asset and Minimserver. UPnP.
    Played from Samsung Tablet or Samsung Phone.
    The music player I use usually is an app called HiFiCast.
    Is there an more indepth read on Asset besides the help selection in Asset?
    Last edited by Floyd; 09-07-2022 at 05:33 AM.

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    Re: Playing randmon tacks from a sub folder

    Quote Originally Posted by Floyd View Post
    I do browse by Folder in both Asset and Minimserver.
    The music player I use usually is an app called HiFiCast.
    I've used Hi-Fi Cast before and have just reproduced your findings, it just doesn't want to enqueue songs from a higher level folder with Asset (it does however work at any level using tag view). Using BubbleUPnP however does work (my control point of choice with MinimServer), so I'm not sure which one is at fault!
    BubbleUPnP does go out of its way to work with just about everything, so it could be the way Asset is doing it isn't to spec, or it could just be a bug/feature of Hi-Fi Cast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Floyd View Post
    Is there an more indepth read on Asset besides the help selection in Asset?
    The only help I'm aware of is this.

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    Re: Playing randmon tacks from a sub folder

    Thanks again for your help.
    Will look at BubbleUPnP and see what it can do..
    I like HiFiCast (probably the best $3 I've ever spent imho ) for a few reasons..one of them being is that it displays the composer info on the screen of the track being played.. and as I have gone to a lot of effort to input and correct this (on over 100000 tracks) at ripping time Id like to continue to see it.
    Be interesting if anyone else has any suggestions?

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    Re: Playing randmon tacks from a sub folder

    BubbleUPnP has the option (Now Playing: Show Composer) to display the Composer next to the Artist on the now playing screen, but it doesn't show it in the track listing like Hi-Fi Cast does.

    One of the reasons I use MinimServer is its ability to virtually manipulate tags to be passed onto the renderer e.g. If you wanted to see Composer in addition to Artist wherever you'd normally see Artist (like in the track listing), use the configuration option 'Artist.displayFormat={$Artist^$Composer^ (^)^}', which tells MinimServer to send the tag Artist to the control point with the value %artist% (%composer%).
    You can get really creative, and it allows you to store tags the way you want to, not the way you have to in order to get the control point to display them a particular way e.g.
    Code:
    TITLE=Bag Lady
    SUBTTILE=Cheeba Sac Radio Edit
    TRACKTYPE=Bonus
    Using the option: Title.displayFormat={$title^$subtitle^ (^)^$trackType^ [^ Track]^}, displays "Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Radio Edit) [Bonus Track]" in EVERY control point.

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