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    What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    I would suggest people try to state their desired features/ideas/concepts and so on, in a comprehensible manner. Here are mine:

    • Shuffle Album - A feature lacking from most mobile music players, and one of my personal favorites from the original foobar2000
    • Customizability - For me, this seems to be the whole idea of foobar2000 and I hope the mobile app will also present endless possibilities


    I could have added more, but I didn't want to be greedy :P

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    I believe the developers have already stated ReplayGain on the main page. But I'll mention it again for emphasis. ReplayGain alone is the main reason I use Foobar2000. All the other stuff is just icing on the cake. Lightweight, customizability, powerful tagging, equalizer. Is there even a feature Foobar doesn't have?

    But if Foobar did not have ReplayGain I would not use it, well at least not for listening to music as I dislike fiddling with volume controls. It is the first thing I look for when I'm trying out music players since you can quickly narrow down the good music players.

    There is at least one open source music player with various clones on the Google Play Store that claims to have ReplayGain, but it only works for certain audio formats. Also the current biggest music player app on the Google Play Store does have ReplayGain support.

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    UPnP/DLNA support would be pretty awesome, even if it's just as a controller. Server/renderer would be great too.
    With the (relatively) limited memory on mobile devices, i've started streaming FLAC over the LAN to all my devices.

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    Plugins, plain and simple. One player to rule them all!

    That and the customizability, namely the custom playlist tables.

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    I have a huge live music collection. No portable player I've seen supports live music recordings, although some support gapless playback (none flawlessly). I would like to see the Live Music Tagger plugin become an integrated, easy-to-use feature of the mobile version. This would include an easier to access auto-number function and the ability to directly access the info.txt file for editing and tagging.

    I'm a professional user interface designer with over 20 years' experience. I'd be happy to contribute ideas and sketches for how to make this work on a mobile device.

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    I'm not sure if it is possible but it'd be great if the desktop plugins were compatible with the mobile versions, but if not, porting over a few of the most popular plugins would be great. (Plugins aka Components.)
    Last edited by Dan; April 19th, 2014 at 05:53 AM.

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    Please integrate the lyrics component with synchonized playback.

    Also a solid rating and statistic system with the possibility to sync with other Foobar2000 Players. Like: Windows Foobar2000 (Master) is my main player and every other playback on other devices (slaves) should also be counted and added to my file-playback and rating statistic.

    This would make music consumtion with Foobar2000 more personal and funnier because of the person related data. Even weather, time, bpm and ratings should influence random playback. - Just an idea

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    Just allow to sort the album list by artist/album as well as by folder structure .

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    it'd be cool if play count was available in mobile version, if possible, with syncing between players.

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    Re: What features from the desktop version would you like to see make the transition?

    Realistically, I don't think plugins are going to be a viable option, so important components will have to be integrated, which opens the can of worms of software licensing; the foobar devs would have to ask permission from the developers of individual components to be included and they'd need the source and so on...

    Here's my vote for functionality, however it ends up being implemented

    Lyrics (I'm a fan of lyrics show panel 3)
    replay gain override
    playback statistics with sync*
    Waveform seekbar

    Would like to see, but won't really miss:
    7-zip reader
    UPNP/DLNA Renderer, Server, Control Point and/or samba [streaming] support and/or some way to stream music from desktop over cellular/WAN
    audioscrobbler

    *As an owner of WindowsPhone and user of Win8, something that really should be taken advantage of is app linking and syncing. The playback statistics component on desktop can import and export an xml file; the windows[phone/RT] 8 apps can and should just share this information over the provided sync engine. Not sure if it would then be possible to sync that into the regular desktop client. Alternatively the xml could be exported as a file over onedrive and the desktop client could read that.

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