Modified track not re-synced to device

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tbm72
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Modified track not re-synced to device

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I edited a track from my MM5 library on my PC within my DAW because it needed some attention with its EQ levels (this is something I often do because of my work). But when I went to sync it to my phone I was watching the sync process and it never downloaded the newly edited track to my phone.

To double check I downloaded the track from my phone to compare it and sure enough it's the unedited version so it never got updated during the sync. I always assumed modified tracks would get updated onto my phone during syncing, based on the fact they have a more recent timestamp. So I guess I've probably got hundreds of tracks in my MM5 library on my PC that don't match the ones on my phone.

Am I wrong to assume they would be re-synced because their timestamp is more recent? I guess I'll need to resync my entire library to make sure.
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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Is the file showing updated in MMW5? If so, which Build (Help > About) of MediaMonkey are you using and what exactly did you modify in the file?
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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So as I say, I edit a file (for example an mp3) within my DAW software and make whatever changes I need. This could involve things like adjusting the EQ of the track, volume normalisation, fade ins, chopping out sections of the track etc. Then I save the edited file back to its original location. So that MM is aware the file has been changed I add/rescan that particular album back in.

If something like the bitrate of the file has been changed (maybe I've now saved the mp3 as 320kpbs instead of 128kbps) then MM seems to know and it resyncs the updated edited file to my phone next time I run a sync. But if it's something like a change to the EQ of the track then MM won't update the file onto my device.

I guess what I'm asking is under what circumstances does MM download an updated version of a track during sync? It seems to do it if the bitrate has changed but is there anything else? For example if the mp3 was originally 3 minutes long but I've shortened it so it's now 2 min 30 will it sync the shorter version over (I don't think it does)? I assumed it was something like the 'created' datestamp property of the file that determined whether to sync a file across but it doesn't look like that's the case.

I suppose what I'm going to have to do in future is to delete the track from my device and then run sync and it will download the updated version of the file from my PC because it no longer exists on the phone.

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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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Has the Timestamp changed within MMW5 after edits for those edited files that fail to re-sync? Do shortened files consistently fail to re-sync?
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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I just tested the timestamp and it does show the correct timestamp within MM5 for a file that I just edited.

i.e. I created a test mp3 of a random track, imported it to MM5 and then edited it in Audacity to make the whole track silent. Then saved it over the top of the original, rescanned in MM5 and under Properties>Details it shows the correct updated timestamp for when I saved it over the top of the original.

I can't test the syncing part at the moment as I've just started a resync of my entire library (30k tracks!) just to make sure all the files on my phone are the correct latest versions the same as on my PC. I'll get back to you later to see if shortened files re-sync correctly but I'm guessing they won't as that's what led me to discover this issue today anyway.
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

Post by Ludek »

FYI: This may be related to https://www.ventismedia.com/mantis/view.php?id=14676

There is new option:
[.. ] Force files to resync whenever the source file has changed (slower)
but disabled by default (Sync profile > Tagging)
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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Ludek wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 12:18 pm FYI: This may be related to https://www.ventismedia.com/mantis/view.php?id=14676

There is new option:
[.. ] Force files to resync whenever the source file has changed (slower)
but disabled by default (Sync profile > Tagging)
Interesting, I never knew this setting was even available. But - it doesn't seem to make any difference. I've just tested it again with this setting both ticked and unticked and it doesn't make a difference.

If I update a track in my DAW and change the bitrate (e.g. from 128 kbps to 320 kbps) then during the next sync it DOES correctly upload the new 320 kbps to my device and overwrites the old one.

But if I do something like change the volume level of a track (as an extreme example, make the whole track silent but keep the same bitrate) then during the next sync it DOESN'T correctly upload the modified mp3 track.

In the track properties it does show the timestamp has changed to when I rescanned the now-silent mp3 but it won't resync the new version unless I do something like change the bitrate (I saw that changing the track length also triggers a sync of the edited version).

So changing the bitrate or duration of a track will definitely cause an edited track to update during a sync. But if I do something like change volume levels or EQ of a track then it won't update the new version onto my device. This is a bit of a problem for me as I need to know the tracks on my device are exactly the same as on my PC. The only workaround I can see is if I edit a track I'll need to delete it from my device and it should then appear again on the next sync.
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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So changing the bitrate or duration of a track will definitely cause an edited track to update during a sync. But if I do something like change volume levels or EQ of a track then it won't update the new version onto my device.
OK, but I suppose that you are doing these edits in another app and after these edits the file timestamp (file modified attribute) is not changed in Windows Explorer too? So there is no chance to find that the file has been really changed/modified by the other app (including MediaMonkey)?
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

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Ludek wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 12:05 pm OK, but I suppose that you are doing these edits in another app and after these edits the file timestamp (file modified attribute) is not changed in Windows Explorer too? So there is no chance to find that the file has been really changed/modified by the other app (including MediaMonkey)?
No, the timestamp (file modified property) *does* correctly show as changed in Windows Explorer. And as I said above, the timestamp does also show as changed in MediaMonkey too (under Properties>Details/Timestamp) but that doesn't seem to be enough to trigger a resync. It seems to only resync the edited/updated file if either the bitrate or duration has changed.
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

Post by Ludek »

Hmm, that's strage,
so are you sure that the file is on the sync list and the 'Timestamp' on Properties > Details page has changed?
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

Post by tbm72 »

Yes, file is definitely on the sync list and timestamp is definitely updated under the properties tab.

If the bitrate or track duration has changed it always resyncs but if the bitrate or duration stays the same then it doesn't.

I guess I'm in a specific use case here that maybe not many other people will experience so not to worry!
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Re: Modified track not re-synced to device

Post by KthugS »

I've been in this situation often too.
Although it's cumbersome, there are a few solutions that worked for me.
1. Re-encode if it is a flac file
2. Edit or add another tag field or album art again.
3. Remove files from the device
When I performed one of the above operations and rescanned the mmw library, it synced correctly.
However, this solution cannot be a fundamental solution because it only applies to files where I am aware of situations such as missing tags.
It would be a huge waste of time to apply this to every file in the library every time.

Try MMW 2024 BETA
After installing or updating to beta, uncheck 'Only for files with changed timestamp or size' and rescan the entire library.
And when I synced, I saw that quite a few files had been updated to the device.
Please try it and let me know if any missing tags are updated.
thank you
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