chrissjj wrote:What MM means by 'synchronize' is not what just about every other program means by 'synchronize'.
Send is in MM called "synchronise" (or sometimes "send")
Synchronise is in MM called "auto sync"
Auto-sync in in MM non-existent, except upon device connect.
3- right click on a play list->send to->Nokia 5800 Memory Card (Synchronize) copies but does not synchronize. To me this is obvious way to sync a playlist and it does not work.
... Behavior 3 is per the documentation (it says send to always copies) but not as expected give that it says 'synchronize'. It also different from Winamp which does synchronize when you send a playlist to a device. Of course MM can implement whatever they want but POLS should apply. It would be nice if either MM would sync in this case or if that's not desired/possible remove the 'synchronize' from the menu item....
That's a bug, clear and simple imho. I'd open a support ticket and request a bug be filed.
davidbspalding wrote:I must not understand the discrepancy here.... If he "Sends to [device] (synchronize)" a play list, wont it "synchronize" the tracks in that play list?
It copies all of the tracks and the playlist to the device. That's the intended function (i.e. "one time"). MM doesn't 'remember' what it synced so if you repeat the process, everything is copied again.
Sounds like a clear discrepancy in the use of the word synchronize
. If MM uses the term to refer "keeping two sets of data in the same state," i.e. the files on the remote device are kept in same version as the ones in the main repository, then using synchronize
in this circumstance (Send to device (synchronize)
) is inaccurate. If I understand you correctly, the MM design is that synchronize
is a one-time, one-way function, and auto-sync
is the function wherein changes to files on either side are reflected in updates to correlating files. I've gathered from RTFM that auto-sync is a synchronization process (files are paired up, and changes flow two ways, left to right, or right to left) but automated
to occur immediately upon connection of the appropriate device. (E.g. Auto-Sync Options, Auto-Sync Configuration, et al.)
If the Send To
command is simply "copying" the files over, they're not maintained in a synchronized state, and play metrics or ratings are not synched back to the main repository. I think the bug is in misuse of the term "synchronization" when no persistence or update of files is taking place after initial execution.
I'm not trying to browbeat you here, simply corroborate my claim that this is a bug, not "the users don't understand the design." Software design based on misuse or misinterpretation of a commonly understood word ... is an usability issue. (Edited 3/15 1754Z to remove clumsy, redundant assertions, clarify.)