Gapless playback is when there is no gap when transitioning to the next song. It's always enabled, and there is no setting for it.
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.
@auran64 MusicBee is a great application. That was my choice when I was fooling around with Windows. Wish it was available for other platforms. It's very powerful and full-featured. I'm not surprised it had the features you describe.
But Strawberry is pretty darned good, and in some ways I enjoy its more stripped down interface, now that I've gotten used to it.
I started with iTunes on a Mac, which, in spite of all the complaints about it, I liked very much. Strawberry is focused on playlists. MusicBee and iTunes seemed to be more focused on the library.
Not exactly apples and oranges, but Strawberry, and Clementine, from which it is forked, take a different approach, and it's probably unfair to make direct comparisons.
@jonas Hi, sorry for the delayed response, this is on Windows 7. I have tested by removing the # from the filename but not the tag, and the file now plays. So the issue is when the # appears in the filename, or the path to the file (for example, I can't play any files in a folder named "#1 Record").
Are you running Big Sur? If so, make sure you have the latest macOS update, there were issues with the first versions.
Does it occur when playing streams, or just local files?
Do you have any devices under the device tab in Strawberry?
I have the same problem with Strawberry version 0.9.3 on Windows 10:
My Subsonic-Server is connected and a lot of music is synced. But since recently, when I hit the "refresh library"-Button (German: Bibliothek erneuern), it says it is receiving songs for 1681 albums and gets stuck at 99%. After canceling the process, the library is again not up-to-date.
Does anyone have an idea how I can figure out why this happens?
It depends on the OS.
macOS: ~/Library/Application\ Support/Strawberry/Strawberry/strawberry.db