@rlkeeney I'm talking about a forward slash (/) not a backslash (\), like in Lionel Hampton's "Golden Vibes / Silver Vibes". It's probably the same issue with artist names with slashes in them, like AC/DC (which I don't play).
The problem is that I don't try to create the file, Strawberry does when it downloads a cover and tries to save it in the music folder.
I have set Strawberry to "Save album covers in album directory" with the default pattern %albumartist-%album -- which doesn't work when there's a slash in the album name. Then it just throws up an error message saying something to the effect that the image can't be stored.
This is clearly a bug, and it should be easy to remedy by replacing the slash with another character, like an underscore, before saving.
I restored from a backup done on 31 December 2021.
It looks good so far. I only lost around 150 ratings.
One thing I never liked about storing data in the files was how long it took to run a backup every file I listened to was changed and got backed up. So I'm going to do the fingerprinting run a backup and see how that goes.
@twist I second your words! I am brand-new to Strawberry, a reformed Clementine survivor, and Strawberry was already audio app #1 in my book these past several days. Now it is officially version #1 too, hurrah!
Gapless playback is when there is no gap when transitioning to the next song, it does not strip the actual silent beginning or ending from a song, that's something else, not what's usually considered gapless playback. There is no option or plans to add any feature to strip off silent parts from a song.