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Thursday, 19 April 2018

SongKong 5.2 - Now with Free Manual Metadata Support

SongKong 5.2 - Now with Free Manual Metadata Support

We are pleased to announce the latest version of SongKong with some major new features:
  • Manual Metadata Editing
  • Status Report
  • Support for reading the user edits made with Naim App for Naim Wav rips
Also SongKong Trial has now become SongKong Lite and we are offering manual metadata editing and the status report completely free as part as of SongKong Lite.
  
We have now simplified SongKong/SongKong for Melco  so the same download can be used and then the extra features of the Melco release are activated by simply installing the Melco license.


Manual Metadata Editing


The concept behind SongKong is that your songs can be identified automatically, and this gives you get a complete and consistent music library. However we realize that 100% music identification is not quite a reality for most of us just yet so SongKong also provides manual metadata editing as well.

Although there are tagger editors already available we realized that none of these allow you to tag remotely via a web browser, but Songkong now does. This is very useful if you have SongKong running on a less accessible machine such as a linux server.

If you are already using SongKongs remote matching then you can use a single application for all your music metadata tasks, and manual edit understands the same fields as automatic edit so there are no comparability problems.



After each manual edit session SongKong saves all changes to a database so that you can use Undo Fixes in exactly the same way as you can do for automatic edits, and SongKong
creates a report so you have an audit record of exactly what has been changed.

Status Report 

Before when you ran Fix Songs it created a spreadsheet showing all your metadata, but how do you get a snapshot of the metadata before Fix Songs has made any changes ?

The Status Report creates the spreadsheet showing exactly what metadata you currently have for your chosen folder, so you can take a snapshot of your metadata before making any changes.



But it does more that that.

It also has a Metadata Completeness summary, creating a bar chart showing the percentage of songs that have a given metadata field such as Album, Artist or in fact any of over one hundred fields, plus the percentage of songs that have album art of at least user defined quality. The metadata fields to be calculated are configurable.




 Naim User Edit Rips

The Naim UnitiServe is a hi-end cd ripper and library store. When you use it to rip a CD the UnitiServe rips to Wav format, it then looks up metadata from the All Music Guide or Cddb but this metadata is stored in a file called amginfo.xml or cddbinfo.txt within the same folder as the Wav rips for the album rather than stored within the Wav files themselves. If you edit your music using the Naim App then these edits are stored in a UserEdits.xml file.

SongKong with a Melco license could already embed the amginfo.xml and cddbinfo.txt metadata into the .wav files themselves, but now with this release it can also embed user edits.


Other Improvements and Fixes

 The full list of fixes and improvements can be found at here



Thursday, 22 February 2018

JThink will be at the Sound and Vision show in Bristol, UK this weekend.



This weekend I will be at the Sound and Vision - Bristol show, if you would like to come and have a chat about music metadata, or just a chat please come and find me.


I should be at the Melco stand on the ground floor where I will be demonstrating SongKong and Jaikoz and how they can work very well with MinimServer and the Melco N1.




Friday, 16 February 2018

SongKong 5.1 Release

On Wednesday this week we released SongKong 5.0, adding the new Remote mode however in doing that we introduced a regression to Desktop mode ! 

Substantial refactoring was done in the 5.0 release so that Remote and Desktop modes could share user option code but we broke the the selection boxes in Desktop mode so that it wasn't always showing the option actually selected by the user, instead just showing the first item in the selection box as selected.

SongKong 5.1 fixes this problem, apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Since there is nothing else to say about the 5.1 release here are some more screenshots of the new Remote mode






Wednesday, 14 February 2018

SongKong 5.0 - now with Remote mode !

We are excited to announce SongKong 5.0 is released today, this is a major release because it now includes a Remote Mode

Remote Mode

This feature means that you can now control SongKong from a remote device using a regular web-browser, and this could be another computer, iPad or even your mobile phone. 


First of all this means having installed SongKong on your computer you can then use it from another location in your home, for example your computer may be in your home office but you can control from your phone in your lounge. 

But it also means you can install and use SongKong on a computer that does not have a Graphical User Interface (GUI) such as a Linux server, and unlike the command line tool you have full access to all user options and administrative tasks such as license installation. 

Because you can install SongKong on the same machine as your music resides on even if it has no GUI the actual file reading and modifying does not have to be done over the network meaning much faster and more reliable matching, especially with large lossless files.  






You could even make your server visible on the wider web and connect to it from the other side of the world. 

Available For

This first release is available for MacOS, Windows and Linux as usual, but we plan releases for various NAS devices such as Synology and Qnap very soon.

Licensing

Remote mode is available for all users, but the Fix Songs and Delete Duplicates tasks can only be run in preview mode unless you have at least a SongKong Pro license


Other Improvements

We can now list all report tasks in reverse chronological order with some summary information, this is available in both regular desktop mode and remote mode.



We have also fixed a number of issues and made some minor improvements, full details on the News page

 



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