eg. in Sonos if I want to browse to my Jacqueline du Pré albums, I just type "du p" ... I get a grid of results, with tabs for Artists, or Albums, Composers, or Songs, Or Genres ... useful if you are like me, and can't spell Jacqueline or Pré, or have forgotten hers 1st name, etc
Firstly I can use the tabs to quickly focus on what I am looking for
In the album tab, see how Sonos is helping me to refine and improve my searching technique given the results from my own collection.
In Sonos I can quickly get to my 25 albums where she is the Album Artist, or the 7 albums with her name in the album title.
Compare this to MM5 ... the same search string ("du p"), over the same collection initially returned me 750+ albums (!)
So some detective work is required:
- 2,000+ tracks ... my nas name is "NAS-Pxxxxxxxxx" ... and the P is partially satisfying the search criteria ... so I alter the MM5 default to turn path search off
- 900 tracks ... still too many ... I have created a Genre named "Classical - Solo Piano" ... it is satisfying the "p" again ... so turn I off genre search also
It is like a game of "Where's Wally" trying to see why MM has returned many of these results.
What could MM learn from Sonos.
I find that I get results quicker with Sonos.
1. Show me why you returned these tracks, as illustrated above ... that way I can learn how to improve my searching technique, and adjust it for the tags in my collection.
2. Consider constraining search results to just where the search criteria "words" are all within the one tag ... ie. you returned 600 tracks like this, which are not helping me
3. The search setting for the "path" tag could be switched off by default ... MM5 UI is hard enough to learn ... it would be better if you didn't start off by returning search results that I didn't expect.