Guide Flacbox: Music Library
Music library is the main app screen where you can manage all your tracks.
There are two options available for building your music library: adding tracks manually and automatic synchronization.
To add tracks manually tap on the "Add music" menu item and select folders/files from the connected cloud services or external files located on your device. When you add tracks to the library only links to that tracks will be created all files remain in their places to save disk space on your device. If you want to make tracks available offline use download action from the options menu or offline mode for playlists and tracks collections.
All tracks in your library are grouped by sources and by music tags.
"Online music" - showing music from your cloud services.
"Offline music" - showing the music that is available for offline playback.
"External files" - showing the music that was imported to this application from your device (music located in other apps).
"Recents" - showing recently played songs.
"Bookmarks" - you can create an audio bookmark when the song is playing and all that bookmarks will appear in this section.
"Search" - find song/artist/album/genre in your music library.
"Continue playback" - tap this menu to continue audio playback from the last saved position.
When you add tracks to the library metadata reader activates. This background process reads all metadata from your tracks and groups them by Artist, Album, Genre. You can change the speed of metadata reading if you need to load data faster but that may use extra energy. You can also disable the metadata reader and show file names instead of tags information. Metadata reader only updates metadata in your music library and does not change files stored in your cloud account or local storage. If you want to edit metadata for audio files use the corresponding action from the options menu. When the background synchronization checkbox is checked - the metadata reader works in background mode. There is a life hack: if you have a large music collection, metadata fetching may take a long time as it works only when the app is active. In this case, you need to enable background synchronization, connect the charger, and start the audio player with repeat all tracks in queue enabled. According to the iOS specification, the app will remain active in the background if music from that app is playing. Then you may turn off sound and leave your device for one night. It should complete all metadata synchronization till morning.
Online Music Synchronization
Automatic sync allows you to add tracks to the library automatically. You need to activate automatic sync in app settings and select sync folders. In this case, the application will scan all selected folders to find supported audio files and add them to the library. You can start/stop synchronization by tapping on the corresponding menu action.
Online music synchronization works only when the app is in the foreground. That's why sync may take a long time. If you need to speed up the process - just enable background synchronization and connect a charger to your device.
There is a life hack: if you have large music collection online music synchronization may take a long time as it works only when the app is active. In this case, you need to enable background synchronization, connect a charger, and start the audio player with repeat all tracks in queue enabled. According to the iOS specification, the app will remain active in the background if music from that app is playing. Then you may turn off sound and leave your device for one night. It should complete all online music synchronization till morning.
Offline Music Synchronization
This option scans all local folders to find supported files. All these local files will be added to the music library.
On the top toolbar which is available under the navigation bar, there are several actions available: "Search", "Play all", "Shuffle all".
You can show and hide the top toolbar using a swipe to bottom gesture.
"Search" - perform a search in the current collection.
"Play all" - add all tracks from the current page to the player queue with the current sort order.
"Shuffle All"- the same as above but shuffle tracks before adding them to the audio player queue.
Search allows you to find a specific track, artist, album, genre in your music library. On the "Search screen", the next actions are available: "Sort", "Filter", "Grid"/"List". Sort option - allows you to sort results by "Name", "Duration", "Recently added", "Song number", "Album", "Artist". The filter allows you to select tracks location: "Online Files", "Local Files", "External Files".
Sort - changes the sort order of the items.
"Name" - sort items by name,
"Duration" - sort items by duration,
"Recently added" - sort items by the adding date,
"Song number" - sort by track album number,
"Album" - sort tracks by album,
"Artist" - sort tracks by artist and album.
For every item in the library, there are several actions available and you can access them by tapping the more button "..." If you don’t see all actions please scroll down to make all items visible.
"Play all" - replace player queue with items from the selected collection.
"Play next" - add the item to the top of the player queue.
"Play later" - add the item to the bottom of the player queue.
"Add to playlist" - add the item to a playlist. You can also create a new playlist on the next screen.
"Download" - download track or collection to local files. Item will be added to the transfer queue and will appear in the "Local Files" tab and "Offline music" section.
"Enable offline mode" - the same as "Download" but if new items will appear in tracks collection they will be downloaded automatically to the local files.
"Edit image" - change album cover for tracks collection.
"Edit audio tags" - open built-in tags editor.
"Open in" - export file to another app.
"Delete from cloud service" - delete the file from the music library and cloud storage. This action cannot be undone.
"Delete from music library" - delete track or collection from music library. This action does not delete a file from storage so if automatic sync is enabled and the file exists on the remote storage it will appear again in your library after the sync operation is complete.