MediaMonkey 5 suggestions

Before reading all of these suggestions and complaints please keep the following in mind: I love MediaMonkey !

I have been using MediaMonkey 4 for so many years I can’t even remember, and I like how it works and how reliable it is.
I am writing this feedback because I want MediaMonkey 5 to be an even better product. This is not written out of hate. I did not go out of my way to make all these screenshots and examples just to bash a great product.

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1. Make view List (by Album) available everywhere

In Music / All tracks there is a view mode named List (by Album). This view shows the Artwork really nicely, even if we sort only by Title (which I generally do) because the row height is increased to accommodate artwork size:

I would like to have this view available everywhere, especially in Playing.
Right now Playing only has the List view, and manually adding the Artwork column looks ugly as the Artwork is cut since the row height is not modified to fully display it:

2. Pinned tree seems broken

  • I can drag and drop Music / All tracks into Pinned, but instead of having only All Tracks there, I see Music instead :x: .
  • I cannot unpin this Music entry.
    • Tried to right click and check the menus. Nothing.
    • Tried to drag and drop the entry away from Pinned. Nothing.

3. Rating Up and Rating Down hotkeys should be switched by default

Currently

  • Rate selected file(s): Rate 0.5 Star Up has the shortcut Alt+6
  • Rate selected file(s): Rate 0.5 Star Down has the shortcut Alt+7

This seems counterintuitive to me as 7 is greater than 6, so i would expect (similar to the other rating hotkeys which are increasing: 1 2 3 4 5) that pressing

  • Alt+7 will increase the rating
  • Alt+6 will decrease the rating

Like this:

Some may say that doing this change may inconvenience muscle memory for some people (those used with MediaMonkey 4.

As an (opinionated) software developer, I strongly believe in doing The Right Thing™. And in this case, The Right Thing™ is to use my suggestion even if muscle memory is lost.
Muscle memory can be re-trained. Plus, for those who really, strongly don’t want to re-train, they can quickly change it back. It is my belief that teaching people to do it the right way from the start is an acceptable breakage, especially since this is a whole new MM version.

4. Horizontal scrolling: Shift + Scroll does not work in Playing

Tested skins: Material Design (Dark), Metro M (Classic).

:white_check_mark: Is working (View: Any , however only List, List (by Album) are capable of horizontal scrolling):

  • All tracks
  • Albums
  • Files to Edit / Unknown Title

:x: Not working:

  • Playing - View: Any (however only list is capable of horizontal scrolling)

5. Horizontal scrolling: using the touchpad is very janky compared to vertical scrolling

It’s as if the horizontal refresh is done maybe at 15 FPS instead of 144 which is my native refresh rate.
See the following gif: MediaMonkey 5: vertical vs horizontal touchpad scrolling - Imgur.

6. Artwork is displayed wrong when scrolling

Please see in the vertical scrolling example above: the artwork refreshes during scrolling. This happens for each individual scroll up and scroll down, for the tracks which go and come into view.

7. Playing: When changing sort keep showing current song

Currently, when clicking a column to change the current sort order, the “scroll position” is shown. This means that the “selected song” (or currently playing song) are hidden and moved out of view.

I believe MediaMonkey should change the current “scroll position” and show me the selected song (or currently playing song if no selection is done) instead.

Observe that in the gif below the same track number is kept - 3976 - and the same scroll position, but the current song which i was looking at is gone. This forces me to search for my song again, so that i see the “other songs from the same artist”.