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Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:19 am

Is there a way to disable the creation of automatic album art? It seems to be interfering with some of my manually-added album art.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby toolman » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:47 am

Could you explain in which way Subsonic is interfering with your album art?
In my experience Subsonic only reads the covers if they are embedded in the files or if there is an image file in the folder.
I even doubt if the automatic coverart finder is still active in version 6.0.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:44 pm

By automatic album art, I don't mean the automatic web searcher to find album art from the internet, I mean the kind where Subsonic just creates an image from the album metadata and picks a random color:

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I'll describe the sequence of steps I took, let me know if there is something else I can look for to add to this sequence.

I keep my music in a directory structure that I think most people do, /music/artist/album/tracks.mp3. I added a new album to a folder where the artist folder already existed. There was no album art file in the folder and Foobar2000 didn't show any art attached to the files. I selected the tracks in Foobar2000, right clicked them, went to Tagging->Attach Pictures->Front Cover and added the album cover. The art then appeared in the Foobar2000 interface. Then I went to the Subsonic web interface to manually scan for new tracks (I have it scan automatically at 3am and this was in the evening). Once that was done, I went to iSub on my iPhone and when I navigated to that album, an automatically generated album cover appeared instead of the art I attached with Foobar2000. The same is true in the Subsonic web interface if I navigate to that album.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby acroyear » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:34 pm

If a file/folder has already been scanned and assigned the default, then the workaround to get it to notice new embedded artwork requires making sure it can scan the folder again. If the folder hasn't changed, it won't look inside for changes in the files. Just changing the content (the artwork) inside the files doesn't change the folder so subsonic doesn't notice.

one solution oft recommended is to disable the folder, run a scan, click "Clean-Up Database" when the scan is done, then re-enable the folder and scan again.

A lesser solution but not always successful is to simply do something that makes that folder change, like adding a simple blank.txt file to it, then deleting it again, then run the scan.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:40 pm

acroyear wrote:If a file/folder has already been scanned and assigned the default


That's the thing though, it wasn't already scanned (as far as I can tell). I have the automatic scanning set to 3:00am, I added the music and the album art, then scanned manually at 7:30pm.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:54 pm

acroyear wrote:one solution oft recommended is to disable the folder, run a scan, click "Clean-Up Database" when the scan is done, then re-enable the folder and scan again.

A lesser solution but not always successful is to simply do something that makes that folder change, like adding a simple blank.txt file to it, then deleting it again, then run the scan.


Tried both of these, neither worked.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby toolman » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:31 pm

Try using Foobar to extract 1 coverartimage of the newly added album to the folder.
On the next folderscan Subsonic would "notice" that there is a coverart image and would display that image in the webinterface.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:57 pm

toolman wrote:Try using Foobar to extract 1 coverartimage of the newly added album to the folder.
On the next folderscan Subsonic would "notice" that there is a coverart image and would display that image in the webinterface.


Still nothing.

The log said

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[2/24/17 9:55:13 AM EST] WARN CoverArtController Failed to process cover art D:\music\Giraffes_ Giraffes!\Pink Magick\cover.jpg: javax.imageio.IIOException: Unsupported Image Type


so I saved it as a PNG, rescanned (no log note about the PNG), and I still get the automatically generated cover art.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby toolman » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:45 pm

Did you try Subsonic native Cover art finder?
Last FM seems to have the correct image for your album.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:02 pm

toolman wrote:Did you try Subsonic native Cover art finder?
Last FM seems to have the correct image for your album.


That worked! I thought the album art thing broke a while ago, it failed for me on a number of occasions so I gave up.

I'd still like to see a checkbox that disables the generation of automatic cover art (in addition to the many issues I've had for this particular album, I don't like it and I'd rather have nothing), should I post a new thread in the Feature Requests forum or is this forum scanned for those as well?
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby toolman » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:10 pm

Put in a feature request. Perhaps a lot of other people are annoyed as well with this automatic coverart and support your request.
BUt remember it's just a request and Sindre doesn't implement every request or option that is asked for.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby wheezy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:28 pm

toolman wrote:BUt remember it's just a request and Sindre doesn't implement every request or option that is asked for.


Of course, I just didn't want to duplicate my request if this sub-forum was also a place where Sindre looked for feature requests.
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Re: Disable automatic album art?

Postby toolman » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:42 pm

Just tought I'd mention it because I've seen some posts where people stated that they put in a featurerequest so and so lang ago and it still wasn't implemented.
And it's always a good idea to post topics were they belong. Makes it easier for Sindre to see what people are suggesting without having to search the entire forum.
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