Starting audio over

Rhythmbox, either from the last version, or a new buggy version, rewrote all the tags in my music collection. It appears to have pushed the album name down to the album below it… at any rate, I am starting over and doing something else.

First of all, I am now using cmus. That means I no longer care about album art, which means I really am admitting that I am addicted to complete sets of data, and have never cared about album art.

I keep all my music in high-definition (meaning FLAC in my case) on an external drive, so I started creating a collection of Opus files. Well, although cmus supports Opus, I can’t get the version in Ubuntu Gnome to play them (and it isn’t listed as a plugin). While I don’t think it would be an issue to compile my own version, I don’t doing that if I can avoid it. VLC plays them fine, but I’ve never been able to get the Media Library feature working, and am not even sure what it does when it does work.

I am falling back on Vorbis. And with the .ogg extension; cmus won’t recognize .oga. Meh.

Something that I found handy, which I am surprised I never searched for before: Audio Tag Tool (that site is almost completely useless).


I prefer all my files to be in lowercase with hyphens separating words. For music I normally apply this pattern to directories, but it is too tedious for me to figure out how to batch write it to all the files. And I have a lot of kana in my music library, so that makes it even more complex. tagtool basically does that, along with some light tag editing (my music was tagged correctly a long time ago).

Something I found out is that ownCloud has a bug that will delete certain files if it can’t read the name properly. I don’t think they’ve figured it out, but it has affected a few folks, and it deleted an entire album that was in Japanese. I know this, because the sync client told me it removed it in a notification.

Until I can figure that out, I probably won’t sync my music, but I’ve found that I don’t listen to music except when I am near my laptop, either at home or at the hub. As a pedestrian in a new city, I find listening to music isn’t as fun as listening and observing more fully.

ownCloud 5.0.12 on allthefiles

I updated All the files! to ownCloud 5.0.12. I have someone sending me large files, and I wanted the anonymous upload feature they added. I linked to the announcement, but I am surprised more folks haven’t caught on to have crazy cool that is.


I created a new folder, and shared it as an anonymous share folder, and sent the link to my friend. When they open it in a browser, they can drag and drop files to upload, and I will get them. In this case they are lossless audio files, so I made sure to set the upload limit to 1GB.


This basically solves a huge problem for almost all my clients, but I think there would be a lot of push back if I tried to replace Google Drive with ownCloud. That is why I am not supporting Google products anymore, I don’t want to deal with loss aversion when we have solid alternatives.

Book review spam

Someone from Packt Publishing contacted me to review a book on ownCloud. I agreed, thinking it a learning experience. They replied they would add it to my Packt account, and would be sending me my credentials. They also asked where I would be reviewing it: “Website / Blog / Amazon / Goodreads”

I turned down the offer. If they were familiar with the topic of the book, and actually thought that I had “vast knowledge in this technology”, they would know that I am not going to create accounts on third party sites without great incentive. Writing reviews to drive traffic to corporate sites is not an incentive for me.

But of course they are just cold-calling people that hit their Google Alerts with keywords. I guess it was a learning experience for both of us.