January 10, 2017 in bliss
A quick, technical one for Synology users this week.
When re-installing bliss on a Synology device recently I noticed an interesting error. It appears in the DSM logs when attempting to remove and then re-install bliss. The error is:
Port undefined configured for this package.
January 03, 2017 in digital music
The only thing worse than no automation is automation gone wrong.
The main reason for that is that automation gone wrong can take a lot of effort to fix. Indeed; sometimes errant automation can completely tear apart a music library. Luckily, using backups you can usually rectify this pretty simply.
December 19, 2016 in bliss
It's 2016 (just) and there are still some music players out there which only support certain image formats! Whether your album covers are saved embedded or as separate image files, some players simply refuse to display artwork that is stored in PNG, say, or GIF images.
An example is Bluesound, which does have some workarounds for using PNG, for example, but otherwise the devices do not natively support it. Older versions of the popular Twonky UPnP server, for example, also did not support PNG.
December 06, 2016 in digital music
A few months ago I received the following email from Ron Lyster, a long time bliss user:
A couple months ago, while I was out of town, my music server suffered a crash. I found a program to recover the lost files, and had a backup set as well, but it seems that there are quite a few files that remain corrupted. Do you know of any products that can search for corrupt FLAC files and then delete or move them elsewhere?
November 29, 2016 in bliss
This week's release contains a cool new feature I've wanted to implement for some time: assessing and storing zero or more cover art image files.
Since the bliss project started over seven years ago (!) it has always required a cover art filename to be stored in an album directory; co-located with the music files.
This new feature allows much more control. You can retain just one image file being managed as now. Or you can specify no image file or multiple ones. This means that if you don't need separate image files, you no longer need to save them and have them (potentially) clutter up your music folders.