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I have two questions:

1) Why does Playback Statistics convert a normal human timestamp into computerspeak when writing statistics to file tags? E.g.: 2017-06-02 21:36:22 becomes 131409273821466963.

2) Is there a simple way for a layman to convert a human timestamp into this computerspeak format?
Well, yes, but that's to be expected, since the Album List is mostly a stock tree view, while the Playlist Viewer is entirely a custom control.
My playlist needs are fully met by the DUI viewer, so I'm of no help there. The DUI Album List behaves as it should.
Vinyl / WSJ asks Why Vinyls Boom Is Over
Last post by Arnold B. Krueger -
Wall Street Journal says Vinyl's Fad is over:

By Neil Shah  July 22, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

"Ms. Welch and Mr. Rawlings have gone to extreme lengths to solve a problem many music aficionados say is an open secret in the music industry: Behind the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years, the quality of new LPs often stinks.

"Old LPs were cut from analog tapes—that’s why they sound so high quality. But the majority of today’s new and re-issued vinyl albums—around 80% or more, several experts estimate—start from digital files, even lower-quality CDs. These digital files are often loud and harsh-sounding, optimized for ear-buds, not living rooms. So the new vinyl LP is sometimes inferior to what a consumer hears on a CD."

The WSJ article contains obvious falsehoods as statements of fact. It's a black mark on the WSJ's otherwise enviable reputation. The first sentence in the article has two glaring faults: "Old LPs were cut from master tapes, that's why they sound so high quality."

The first problem is that the last 10 years of LP production prior to the introduction of the CD (old enough?) were increasingly cut from digital masters, not analog master tapes. At the time, many music lovers applauded this because it did have a great potential for improved sound quality.

 The second problem is that in general, CDs simply sound better than LPs because they are generally more accurate, technically speaking. No tics and pops, for openers and that is just the beginning. This does not have to be true because of the application of mastering, which involves making changes that may reduce a CDs sonic accuracy in the interest of being louder.

For a more balanced view:

Why CDs May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl
Even purely digital music is now marketed using the trappings of vinyl. When U2 distributed 500 million digital copies of its new album to iTunes users — a reach unimaginable when the band released its debut in 1980 — the artwork depicted a vinyl record inside a sleeve with the initials "LP" scribbled on the exterior. And when Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign for PonoMusic, a digital music player and online store, his company's stated mission was to "re-create the vinyl experience in the digital realm."

Baked into the vinyl resurgence is the suggestion — fed by analog apostles such as Young and White — that an LP's analog playback produces honest, authentic sound, while digital formats like the CD compromise quality for the sake of portability and convenience. Young articulated this sentiment earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where he told Rolling Stone's Nathan Brackett that the vinyl resurgence is due to the fact that "[vinyl is] the only place people can go where they can really hear."
In 1968, a 23-year-old audio engineer named Bob Ludwig at New York's A&R Recording was asked to create a test pressing of The Band's debut, Music From Big Pink, so that the producers could hear what it would sound like on LP. During the process, he especially tried to preserve as much as possible of the deep low end of the band's sound, which he believed was critical to its music.

But when he heard the final LP that was released, he was stunned. "All the low, extreme low bass that I knew was there, was chopped right off"

Years later, when Ludwig was hired to provide the final edit (known as mastering) for a greatest-hits package for The Band, he got the album's master tapes back from Capitol Records. On the box was a note from the cutting engineer who'd made the original vinyl master, saying the album's extreme low end had to be cut out.

Of vinyl's inherent deficiencies, reproducing bass is one of its most glaring. The other is that the last track on each side of a record sounds worse than the first, due to the fact that the player's stylus covers fewer inches of grooves per second as it gets closer to the center

The vinyl disc is a steadily collapsing medium," says Ludwig, who went on to become a Grammy-winning mastering engineer, with credits on Patti Smith's Horses, Steely Dan's Gaucho and White's Lazaretto, among many others. "The closer it gets to the label, the more the information is getting compromised, the high frequencies getting lost."

Ludwig's colleague Bob Clearmountain is one of the industry's most respected mixing engineers, responsible for setting the levels of a band's performance before it's sent to the mastering engineer. He has worked with everyone from The Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Ricky Martin and Lenny Kravitz.

When Clearmountain mixed vinyl albums for Columbia Records, he says the label required the test pressing of each LP to play on an old, cheap turntable without skipping, or it would have to be mixed again. Too much bass in one speaker could make the needle skip out of the groove, as would too much sibilance — a harsh "s" — in a singer's voice.

Clearmountain, who now works out of Mix This! in Pacific Palisades, says that when he heard the vinyl test pressings of the albums he'd worked on in the studio, he always felt the same way: depressed.

"I'd just listen and go: 'Jesus, after all that work, that's all I get?' It was sort of a percentage of what we did in the studio," he says. "All that work and trying to make everything sound so good, and the vinyl just wasn't as good."

Not only did records provide only a sliver of what he'd done in the studio but they also came with plenty of sounds that hadn't been there in the first place: ticks and pops.

"If you're a musician like Bob and I," Ludwig says, "and you get to do a mix and you listen to it and you love the way it sounds, and then it's transferred to vinyl and suddenly it's got noise and ticks and pops, for me that's an extremely unmusical event."
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_softplaylists
Last post by 2tec -
Unfortunately I cannot find the fb2k-component file, so this is the dll I have in my user-componets folder which has to be installed manually.

foo_softplaylists.fb2k-component -
Support - (fb2k) / Re: 1.75GB of RAM used by foobar2000
Last post by Melchior -
You can also set the ,
Foobar2000 (Properties) -> Media Library  to manual scanning ONLY

Here you can add folders to the Foobar Music library (used for like searching the entire library, including the archives)
after you have added your music folder... for example I store all my music
- MP3 (video game music from before I got the game music files, and plenty others)
- and video game music files "SPC(SNES), PSF(PS1/PS2), VGM(GENESIS)"
I use a single umbrella folder for all my music:  C:\JoeMusic\
anyway I have this single folder registered in the "Media Library" section of Foobar2000 and

Getting to the point..  right-click on the said folder in "Media Library"
and uncheck
- "Rescan in Startup"
- "Monitor for changes while running"

that will do it I only do "Scan Now" when I make changes to my.. music folder... maybe a few times a year...
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Columns UI
Last post by kode54 -
And here is the VirusTotal page for it. The scan, which I had it re-run, is the same as it was last month when it was first scanned. All negative.

Please verify your file size and SHA256 sum.
Correct. So it looks like the Default UI's playlist viewer has this flaw. Have you tested any other playlist viewers? Not explicitly suggesting Columns UI, but any other DUI compatible component, or CUI and its components. May as well see if it's a common bug, or just applicable to this one UI.
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_softplaylists
Last post by fuffi -
Thank you.
Your installed Components shows:
Code: [Select]
Soft Playlists 2011-02-05 foo_softplaylists
About shows:
Code: [Select]
(C) 2009-2010 Johan De Bock

On my normal f2k installation I got "bad allocation" trying "Artist Top Tracks" or "Similar Artist Top Tracks".

On a clean install it works fine. So I tested my component with a clean install and it worked well too.... *grrrr*

Oh Lord, how I hate this 90s sh!t... Its like workin with windows95 again...

Ok, I know what to do... trying to find the component or the playlist, which causes the problem with foo_softplaylists.

Thank you for pointing me in the direction, I never wanted to go anymore....
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_softplaylists
Last post by davideleo -
I have a previous version
Do you mind to share the .dll so I can test if it is working here too ?

Sure! Unfortunately I cannot find the fb2k-component file, so this is the dll I have in my user-componets folder which has to be installed manually.
By the way, I tested the 2012 version, and it works, too.