Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

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Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by quintz » Mon May 27, 2019 6:18 am

Awesome script so far! Thanks so much for it.

I've encountered an error the last days though.

I'm running a Media PC in my living room, running with Kodi and KodiLauncher (Kodi boots as shell, not explorer.exe)

MediaMonkey will be autostarted on boot.
Sometimes when I choose to play a new song, this script prompts me the error "Progress Bar lost!" and crashes MM.

Has anyone else encountered this error?

Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by Enteroctopus » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:58 pm

Loving the script, but would like a little more dynamic musical adventure. Is there a way to set the settings for that type of experience?

Experimented with Sonic Youth, got Radiohead, Beck, Flaming Lips and The Cure. Good playlist, but I grew bored of it because it was all too similar. I could see Nick Cave coming in from the Cure, maybe some Mudhoney, Wilco. I'll run a few of these artists and just go in manually and copy-paste a more diverse list together.

Also, I got several songs of the same band, like, five The Cure songs in a row, for example.

One suggestion I might make is to have some secondary seeding capability, like some doomy metal might work with the aforementioned bands, especially The Cure as they are pretty dark. Some Acid Bath I'm thinking, or even Black Sabbath. Make it, like, 10-15% doomy heavy metal with the Sonic Youth and Cure? Would be cool to set multiple seeds with percentages.

I like to catch my guests off guard like that. :wink:

Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by trixmoto » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:42 pm

Great, I'm glad you've found this script useful.

I've added your suggestion to my list, so I'll try and include it in the next version.

Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by Blasman » Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:37 am

Thanks for this amazing addon. I've been using it ever since changed their music player almost a year ago as it's been the closest thing to using their old "artist radio" option.

I would like to request a feature in the options to exclude adding files from a certain location of the mediamonkey library, or something along those lines.

Why would I want this option? I just started using rockbox on my old ipod. On my local computer and mediamonkey library, I have a FLAC folder and an MP3 folder. I only sync the MP3 folder to my ipod, I do not want FLAC files on the device. I would like to sync playlists as well. However, the playlists created from this addon also look into my FLAC folder and therefor would also add the FLAC files to my ipod, which I do not want. Also, everything that I have as a FLAC file in my FLAC folder I also have an mp3 copy of in my MP3 folder, so this makes the similar artists playlists less useful on my local computer as well as it will be adding duplicates and also playing mp3 versions of tracks when it could be playing a higher quality FLAC.

I think that one option would be to untick FLAC as a format supported by my ipod device, but then I assume that it would just "skip" the FLAC files in the playlists, and therefor the playlists would end up becomming "uneven" with some artists having many more tracks in the playlist than others, etc.

Anyways, thanks again for this great addon and I hope that there is a way to implement my request.

Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by trixmoto » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:40 pm

I've not made any changes that should effect the amount of memory or CPU that is utilised, and I can't replicate the issue here. Can you please try creating a debug logfile?

Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by dnats » Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:33 pm

After update, this script made MM run in excess of 50% CPU. Don't really know why.

Re: Similar Artists 2.2 - Updated 26/10/2013

by trixmoto » Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:45 am

New version (2.2) of this script is now available to download from my website. Changes include...

- Added option to reset script if it has stopped processing
- Added additional debug messaging
- Fixed buttons appearing when they shouldn't be

Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by trixmoto » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:44 am

There is a debug mode in this script, but it doesn't really cover the area that appears to be failing for you. Either the request to LastFm is not firing off properly, or it is not returning properly, but it is somewhere in this communication that things are going wrong. If you know VBScript then you could add some messages in yourself, otherwise you'll have to wait until I get round to it.

Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by theweasel68 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:40 am

refering to my just previously posted issue - there is another error message now appearing additionally. Please see screenshot (can´t copy and paste the message unfortunately):

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Again - I marked a song and started Similar Artist. As a result, I got this error message. MM 4.1, Similar Artist 2.1. on Win8 Laptop.

This error message gives more details - maybe this helps???

Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by theweasel68 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:01 am

I have installed MediaMonkey, and Similar 2.1., all running on Windows 8.

The Issue:
Similar Artist is not working in most cases. Sometimes, I select a song from my database, and within a second, I get some nice results on my playlist - all works fine then.

In most cases, I select a song, and no playlist is created. I only see a status message:

These are the settings for Similar Artist:

Sometimes, I can stopp the addon by simply terminating it, sometimes, this doesnt help. I see some progress, but nothing happens, MediaMonkey freezes, i need to terminate the complete program. Here is a screenshot, where Similar Artist obviously did something, but then "stalled":

I have installed the same versions of MM and Similar Artist on two different W8 laptops. On both machines, I have the same problem.

Anyone, who experienced something similar and knows, how this can be solved?
I really would like to use this feature, as it gives some good matching selections for the playlist. Would be a pity, if I had to de-install this addon...


Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by trixmoto » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:04 am

Thanks, I've added both of these to my list for the next version.

Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by dnats » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:13 pm

Hi trixmoto,

Thanks for this extensions, it's great as my library grows.
I have two requests I wonder if you can make?
First, I would like to have "create a radio" function. You know how you can type in an artist on and it will start to play right away with similar artist? It would be great if you could have like a button to open a search box and you can type in a desired artist/song and it would start playing.

Second, this is more of a functionality fix. The randomize playlist function need a tweaking to only randomize new fetched songs instead of randomizing the whole existed playlist. Right now, it's kind of problematic because it also randomize songs that already played. So I think you should tweak this function.

Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by dbuechner » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:21 am

Dear Trixmoto,

I still get the WriteLock before ReadLock error on around every second or third time I'm running your script. It's really annoying because I have to restart MM every time. For some Artists (for example Rage against the Machine) its almost impossible to run the script. I have uploaded the log file to my dropbox.

I'm using Windows 8 (32-bit), MM 4.07.150 and the Version 2.1 of your script.


Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 28/12/2012

by trixmoto » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:46 am

Thank you very much, very kind.

Re: Similar Artists 2.1 - Updated 27/12/2012

by lumper5 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:52 pm

trixmoto wrote:New version (2.1) is now available to download from my website. Changes include...

- Fixed ReadLock/WriteLock errors
- Added option to ignore recently played tracks
Excellent. Thank you. You should have a paypal donation from "lumper5" .

BTW, I had to expand the size of my OPTIONS area in MediaMonkey to see the additional option box for Ignore Recent. Noting this in case someone else installs it and doesn't see it immediately.