Ok I’ll first say that I’m really clueless with all of this and you’ll see soon enough – my apologies!
Recently got a Synology NAS and got Plex running on that and also my Android phone. Quickly I came to realize that it doesn’t have great Album Artist sorting (only on the “album” sort view which is a lifetime of album covers), and when I try to use the folder view it’s ugly, and even worse on my phone I can’t read half of the folder or song names because it’s just not allowing enough room for anything.
Folder view also sucks here because i’m not seeing any album art until i get to the track level. I want function over prettiness but at the same time I know a nice balance should be had.
So here is where we can all laugh at the geezer I am
Uh it just dawned on me ~yesterday~ that windows tablets exist lol. Like I know you have your iPads and Samsung/Google etc stuff which I assume was always Android. Low and behold when I googled “windows tablet” there they were doh.
SO…if I get a Windows tablet I suppose then I’m not having to suffer the “Android Version” of the various software? For stuff like plex, musicbee, mediamonkey, subsonic, jriver. Meaning – it’s the full fledged Windows version I would expect on my PC – nothing stripped down because it’s a tablet?
So here’s the dream:
Music only and there are tons of features I don’t care much about.
Requirements are to be able to use a tablet/phone to stream from my NAS to my chromecast audio at home. Would be nice if I could stream from anywhere online too. Must be able to sort/list by Album Artist, gapless is a given, would like it to be aesthetically nice and be able to see album art as much as possible (but again, function above anything). I’m never going to use it on my PC I’m typing right now. Maybe for setup/management stuff but never for playback.
Back to the tablet which I don’t own yet. So if I get an Android tablet I’m getting like the same thing I would have on my Android phone yes? Because I look at screenshots of all these auxillary controllers etc to the above and they often look just as crappy as Plex is coming off to me, idk.
I’m not sure how all of this stuff works meaning how they can or can’t work together. You have a server and then a player and I guess the media organizer also??
Anyway reading all over the f’n place and head swirling I’ve got all these names I keep trying to figure out more:
- jriver (and whatever controls this on android)
- musicbee (and whatever controls this on android)
- foobar2000 (and foobar android)
- subsonic (and dsub)
- gonemad music player
Some of these I would imagine can work with each other?
The whole musicbee thing looks sweet to me. Tweak to my liking it has Album Artist etc. I just don’t know how I would get it working with a tablet at home and hopefully android/web on the road?
All of this stuff I mention I just can’t see enough videos etc to really give me a taste. Always video-centric stuff too which I don’t care about.
Couple more questions:
- I can have some of these running together in parallel even if they perform the same function right? So that I’m not having to uninstall/give up on something while trying a different one out?
- Is there a real danger of having tags/metadata stuff automatically changed without my knowledge/consent with any of these? I still haven’t wrapped my head around how I feel about that yet and especially with software/apps i’m not sold on yet.
Sorry this was so long and thank you so much for your help.I had a real nice moment of feeling so overjoyed to have the NAS and Plex running but now I’m hungry for more.