I have finally found a workaround to a bug in Windows 10. So now I can finally re-enable all crossfading options again for Windows 10 users! The same bug also caused problems when controlling the app while it is mimizied. This is fixed as well, so the Media Keys work fine again, as well as the playback controls which appear when hovering over the task bar icon.
The previous/next buttons have been enhanced: Pressing the „previous track“ button while playing a track will jump to the beginning of the current track (like on most hi-fi devices). So now you can easily restart the current track with this button. On second press you will get to the previous track. And a long press on these buttons now seeks within the current track!
Some users complained that playlist file loading is too slow. I worked on that area with great success: The load times of playlist files has been improved dramatically. Now even a playlist file with 1000 tracks can be imported within a second!
A bug was fixed that prevented playing files stored outside the music library. Some other smaller bugs are fixes as well.
Windows Phone Version:
This version adds support for gestures! On the lower playback area, you can swipe left/right for previous/next track, and swipe up or tap to open the „now playing“ view. On „now playing“ on the cover you can swipe left/right for previous/next track, tap to pause/resume, and swipe down to close „now playing“. This should be useful especially when using the app in a car. A long press on the previous/next buttons will now seek inside the current track. You can also show these buttons in the bottom playback area, check the app settings for that.
A new continuation mode was added („Continue Randomly“). It will pick completely random albums from your library. This is currently available in the app settings but will be moved to „now playing“ in a future version of the app.
A critical bug was fixed, that could cause the app to freeze repeatedly once a special condition was met. A bunch of smaller issues were also fixed: On phones with software buttons (Back , Windows, Search), the app now resizes automatically when the navigation area is shown or hidden. MP4 files are now supported again, and tag parsing of M4A files has been fixed. Direction of previous/next track buttons on bottom playback area is fixed.
Have fun with the new versions!!
I was not able to release an update for quite a while, due to a blocking problem with the Windows 10 Store. This is finally solved, so here comes a huge update, packing all the things I have done inbetween. Biggest change log ever!! 😉 Attention Windows 10 users: Important information at the end of this message!
The latest version allows you to share your music! To share the current track, just right-click in an empty area, or on a touch device, swipe in from the bottom or right and press „Share“. You can also select a specific track or album in the app (use right-click or tap-hold) and share it. Depending on the target app you select when sharing, you can either share the actual music files (e.g. via the e-mail app), or share the current track info (e.g. via the facebook or twitter app).
Additional features and changes: The app can now play files that are not stored in your music library. So now you can just connect an USB stick from a friend to your PC, double click an audio track in Windows Explorer and it will start playing in music|mode! You can now set music|mode as your lockscreen „details“ app and it will show the current track info on the lockscreen. The app now correctly remembers the last track position on startup. A problem was solved that occurs with some devices when streaming music. The last update accidentially disabled the shortcuts to close the app (e.g. Alt+F4), this is fixed now. A special „Single Track Mode“ was added for professional use (stage, effects), check Advanced Options for that. Finally, the update information message can now optionally be auto translated.
Attention Windows 10 users: There were a bunch of problems on Windows 10 with this app. Most of these issues should be resolved with this update. The broken track change popup notifications are fixed so users who disabled them can now safely re-enable them. But some issues remain: I had to disable the auto crossfading options on track end, to work around a bug in the Windows 10 Operating System that would cause playback to stop or go silent on end of track. Microsoft is aware of the problem and working on a solution. As soon as a fix in the OS is available, I will re-enable the crossfading options. Some users who bought the Pro Version on Windows 8 seem to have lost the license after upgrading to Windows 10. The Pro Version license is of course also valid on Windows 10, and you do not need to purchase the app again. I am working with Microsoft on fixing this problem. If you need a solution quickly, please contact microsoft directly at support.microsoft.com. They should be able to fix the license for individual users, but we are also working on a general fix that will solve it for all users automatically. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
Have fun with the new version!
One more problem has appeared regarding Windows 10: It looks like the update will wipe all app data. In the case of music|mode, this means that all your playlists will be lost after the update, unless you manually export them before starting the update.
So if you plan to update to Windows 10 and you are using the playlists feature, please export them following these steps:
1. Select Playlist using right-click or tap-hold
2. Press „Save“
3. Select format and location
4. Repeat for all playlists
After the update, wait for the music library to update completely. Then open the „Playlists“ view, press the right mouse button (or swipe in from the bottom), press „Load“ and select the playlist file(s) you exported. The files will now be imported (which can take a while on large playlists).
I am really sorry for the users who have already lost their playlists. It is very unusual that a windows update just deletes app data of installed apps. This was not the case with previous updates, not even with major windows updates.
Are you excited as well? I definitely am!
Here are some news for those of you that have already upgraded or plan to upgrade soon:
Somehow it seems that the app is currently not visible in the Windows 10 Store!? I am in contact with the Store Support on this. If you have updated to Windows 10 and do not find the app in the store, please use this link, it will directly take you to the app in the Store. The app is acutally available, you just can’t find it when using the „Search“ function.
The track change popups are not shown on Windows 10 and are instead converted into notification center items (plus an annoying sound). This does not really make sense for my type of popups. The next update will automatically disable this on Windows 10, but until then: Please press the “hamburger button” on top left of the app title bar, press “Settings”, “Options” and uncheck the second entry.
Windows 10 changes the user interface quite a bit, so some things need to be accessed in a different way. To access the app settings, please press the “hamburger button” on the top left of the title bar and press “Settings”. If you want to stream music to a DLNA device, please click on the speaker icon inside the app. I will release an updated version for Windows 10 which will make these things more accessible.
From now on I will start posting the change log of each new update here!
Polish language support was added! Thanks a lot to Rafał who did the translation, great job!! Greetings fly out to all my Polish users, hope you guys enjoy it. 🙂
You can now control the player using a bunch of new hotkeys on the F button row, which can also be used to remote control the player e.g. from phone using apps such as the „PC Remote“ app. The hotkeys also allow for some special functions such as seek, loop A-B and change of tempo. Check „Help and FAQ“ from the settings for details. Please note that this is a Pro Version feature.
More changes: A critical bug in the delete album function has been resolved. New genre entries can now be created in the Genres view (using right click or tap-hold). It is possible now to turn off the automatic library optimization (online database lookup) from the settings area. Some other minor bugs were fixed, including a graphics glitch on Windows 10.
Have fun with the new version!
The first version of music|mode has now been released and can be downloaded from the Windows Store. It is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.0, on all platforms (x86, x64, ARM).
Check it out now!
Do you like it? We would like to hear from you!
music | mode is still in development but will be released soon.