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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Eric

    Thank you for taking the time to write. Bluesound is not a music curation product and has never pretended to be one. It is simply a High-Resolution Playback System. In fact, when BluOS Creates a Local Library and Music Share, files are mounted as Read-Only. 

    This is because there a number of other third-party metadata products that are available that do a great job already.

    That being said, you can already use Folder Browse to locate your lost content until you correct the metadata. Here's how; https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/articles/204103476

     

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    Eric M Schopmeyer

    Thanks for the quick response! I appreciate it (though I can't tell if this was just a form response based on my topic or a real human response.)  

    Just curious...Did you actually read my post?  

    I hear what you are saying about Bluesound being a  High-Res playback system rather than a music curation product. However, in the case of the Vault, it seems like the whole concept is to replace the user's physical collection. That function inherently requires some degree of curation. It's an unavoidable fact that library organization is a major aspect of the overall user experience.

    The solution I proposed is very simple and expressly avoids the necessity of editing metadata. 

    Thanks for the link. But I already know how to find my content and edit the metadata. It's just that that process takes on a truly maddening scope when you have a collection of over 1000 CDs with innumerable metadata problems.  Plus, the third party products you allude to don't actually "do a great job", as I outlined in my post. But again, the proposed solution here is NOT for Bluesound to offer metadata editing capabilities (or mount anything other than "read only files", but to allow users to better organize their libraries without editing metadata. 

    Actually, the more I think about it, I realize now this was just an automatic form response and that my post wasn't actually read by anyone. 

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Eric

    It was, I am here - Folder Browse meets those needs.Try it...

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    Eric M Schopmeyer

    Well, I stand corrected. Thanks, Tony. Good to know Bluesound has real people responding so promptly (on New Year's Eve, no less! What are we doing spending the holiday engaged in a user experience discussion!?) I hope you understand that it is not my intention to strike an argumentative tone. I am not an irate customer. I am overall happy with Bluesound and have been talking it up to people I know. I just think there is significant room for improvement in the realm library organization.

    Yes, I understand the browsing by folder concept. I know how to do that. It sort of meets those needs but not in a very elegant way.  I addressed that above:

         Yes, you could also do something similar with “folders.” You could get your computer out, connect           to the server and make a bunch of folders for yourself but you can’t see the album covers that              way. Plus you wouldn’t be able to put an album in multiple collections that way. 

    In terms of user experience for a music lover/collector, the difference between awkwardly browsing a bunch of folders and file names and browsing a mosaic of beautiful album covers, is significant. I don't want the to feel like I'm opening a computer file, I want to feel like I'm putting on an album. I think the visual aspect of album covers is actually really important.

     

     

     

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