Strawberry is all that's left among music players, here's why... And here's why to consider developing it further...
I cannot believe I am the only person on earth who simply accepts the problems with modern music players, and thus far Strawberry has avoided these pitfalls, but there's room for improvement. It's either Strawberry or ancient software that already performed well on the Win PC desktop... 20 years ago....
- Do not eff with my files through automation. Don't move directories, don't rename or edit tags on your own, do not delete anything on your own, do not search my entire PC for what you consider music. I am not insane, every modern player WILL scour, organize through file system of the OS, and modify mp3's. How many times have I had to us a shadow volume to get back my music after "the best" software decided how I want to preserve my collection was up to it? Even Auto Metadata in other players will modify the original mp3, overwriting the tags, when that should be left in the separate database. SMP doesn't do that. It hasn't deleted, renamed, rearranged directories, applied tags, just hasn't happened.
POINT #! SMP doesn't do that. It leaves your files alone unless told otherwise. LEAVE MY FILES ALONE. SMP does that
EXPERIENCE: iTunes, WMP, MusicBee, and more WILL try to index and sort your music even across NTFS network volumes and worse, control it internally by modifying the FS, directories get renamed, de-duplicates happen to the FS itself, files get converted to a different format and kept in a special directory hierarchy (iTunes) all without your consent, files get deleted, made only accessible via the storage container's hidden volumes, I have no idea why, but on Windows and Mac this is a huge issue.
Separate database. I know I am a freak for possessing and managing my own files, within the file system, how I want it to be. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT FILES I WANT IN MY PLAYER, AND ORGANIZE THEM IN YOUR OWN STORAGE NOT MY FILE SYSTEM. SMP does that. and can be directly modified if the need arises.
Interface that doesn't restrict how I access my music. SMP needs help here, but up against UWP and recent FOSS or paid players, if I know the name of a song or artist or album or non de-dedupp'ed version, it doesn't take me half an hour to find it.
There is a lot lacking from SMP that deserves the development community to evolve it, and as a programmer myself I will explore possible contributions, as this is one of the only active FOSS music player....
DON'T DO TOO MUCH. I don't want you to be an all-purpose media player, editor, etc. I don't need to open up Ozzy Osbourne and see my wife's latest dog video somewhere on down the list. I don't need to see my recorded xoom audio sessions in my library marked "Unknown". SMP let's you tell it where your files are.
and a half dozen more "SMP hasn't gone there yet" kind of reasons it's the last hope for functional music.
Thank you dev team for giving hope to a generation of music players.