Watch-Folder = SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE

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Watch-folder is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT feature that is missing from Songbird. When this feature is added, expect everyone to ditch iTunes once and for all. Songbird will become the mainstream iPod software.
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I disagree that it is the single most important feature; it is in the top 5 though. I think the single most important feature is device support. Since we do not have iPods working 100% and the Touch/iPhone do not work at all; I would say iTunes users will not be sticking with Songbird (with or without watch folders).
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yeah it is in the top 5 for me as well. I miss being able to have iTunes automatically either add files to my library or organize it. Also agree that ipod/iphone support should be at the top.
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kind of selfish to call something you're personally missing the single most important missing feature in caps.

also, this idea has been posted several times before....
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Even if i disagree with "Watch folder = SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE", i also disagree with IPod/iPhone-Support is the most important feature. How many % of the users have an iPod/iPhone? And how many % have folders to watch for music? I guess the later one would help more people.

How ever, if the device-support would not be so focused on apple-products, and would starting to support USB Mass Storage again, that would be a big step...

PS: For me, sound-enhancement would be the most important feature. Equalizer, Speaker-settings, some common Filters, gapless playback etc... ;-)
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The only thing keeping me from using Songbird is that I cannot add 2 folders to be watched. I have 80,000+ songs on 2 separate hard drives. In Winamp, I can simply add each folder to Winamp via preferences>media Library>local media>watch folders. Not possible yet in Songbird. If/when this happens, Songbird will have another user - me.

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Same boat here but with Media Monkey. I desperately need this feature before considering moving to SB.
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Uncle Spellbinder

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I really do like Songbird a lot. But I need all my music available. And thet's just not possible as it is configured. I saw somewhere that this feature was being worked on (among others) for a Feb, 2009 release. I hope so. To bad it couldn't be sooner, though.
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I've been using Rhythmbox, and although it can only watch one folder, this is fine since I can just create links to other folders within the watched one, even if those links point to other machines.
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I agree with the original post, Watch Folder would be one of the best to be added for people who have music libraries... Another one would be to remember where a song was stopped & to either start the same song or position next time...

Waiting for the new update cos i really like songbird!
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full iPod support and "Watch Folders" is what everyone is waiting for

people like iPods, but they hate iTunes
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i'm waiting for album art to work on my ipod as it works in my library...but that might be a part of device support. (ipod classic 180)
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this website also needs to be fixed
it posted 4 copies of the same thing
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Wrong, the most important feature in ANY audio player after outputting sound to the speaker is proper cue support. Right now xmms1 on Linux (w/mp3-cue plugin) and Foobar on Windows are about it. There are probably more on Windows but I have no desire to use Windows for anything.
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+1

people like iPods, but they hate iTunes
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Aaron Mc Adam

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iTunes is crap on Windows!
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Uncle Spellbinder

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No issues at all with iTunes on Vista Home Premium 64-bit for me. Works perfectly. Though I prefer Winamp. I really hope that Songbird will get the "watched folder" capability. I'll drop Winamp in a hot second.
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It looks like Songbird v 1.1 is going to have this feature. I've been using the current nightly and all of the menus for watch folders are there (It acts almost as if it is already implements, although I'm not sure if it is or not) but I'm excited to see this feature beginning to be implemented in Songbird
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Uncle Spellbinder

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Excellent news! Looking forward to it.
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Sensai

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This...is amazing news. Thanks for sharing!
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Using the nightly as well and so far the album art fetching from last.fm works perfectly
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I agree that this is an important feature. Until Songbird has support for Watch Folders, it's completely useless to me. I hope it really does show up in the next version.
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Try using the nightly build: http://developer.songbirdnest.com/bui...
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it doesnt support remote folders!!! if you store your collection on a remote machine then watch folders will not work for you!

i just dont get why these simple things arent implemented... rythmbox has this feature but can get ipod support right

sooooo frustrated.
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Primarily because of ego. Everyone wants to create their own media player, so instead of contributing to Rhythmbox and making it the best media player ever with iPod support and everything else, they waste their time duplicating all of the same functionality in a different way. Everyone pulls in different directions and the music players are adequate at most things, but not incredible at anything.
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very good idea, hey yeah lets just contribute to Rythmbox! It runs on Linux only (correct me if I`m wrong), I never used I-tunes and still like and love Songbird replacing Winamp for me.
I think there is power in diversity, and i wonder why you contribute here instead of there?
I hope I don`t sound to offending,
Maybe I just don`t get your point apart from your advertisment for Rythmbox !
Maybe also Amarok is great and Mediamonkey and WMP11 and a-tunes ,i-tunes.,,,,,,
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Uncle Spellbinder

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I noticed from the Songbird Roadmap here: http://wiki.songbirdnest.com/Roadmap that the February '09 release is suppose to have "watch folders". Hope that will be the case.
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it is the case... being tested thoroughly at this very moment.
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It's in 1.1.1b1 version now. Go get it :).
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Uncle Spellbinder

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Cool. just got it. A step in the right direction for sure. Though the ability to add more than one folder, I believe, is necessary. Still, even with one folder being watched. Songbird is working quite well. Scanned 51,000+ mp3's in about 6 minutes.
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Any chances of this working for remote Samba shares? I have tried this under Mac OSX and no matter what I do, I can't add a mounted volume to the watch list.
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I never used Itunes so this feature is something I never knew about, but now that you showed it to me I think it's great! Even though I download all music through Songbird.
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Multiple watch folders.
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Do watchfolders also scan subdirectories? If they don't, they seem quite useless if there ain't support for auto-organisation. I'd like to add my music in proper artist/album folders but then those won't be scanned by the watch feature since they would be subdirectories?
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Uncle Spellbinder

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Now THAT's what I'm Talkin' 'bout!! 1.1 is a damned fine release! The ability to watch more than one folder willl make it PERFECT.
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Uncle Spellbinder

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@ Laurens

Running Songbird 1.1 on Vista HP 64-Bit.

I have one main folder for my music. Within that folder are more folders by genre (rock, pop, alternative, etc). Within each genre folder are even more folders, 26 for each letter of the alphabet. Within each letter are artists/bands that correspond with the letter. Then, within each artist/band folder are the full releases from each artist in yet another folder. Everything is watched and scanned without issue.

Example, the main folder being watched in this image is H:\VAULT containing 55,000+ mp3's from hundreds of artists. Each time I add a new artist, Songbird scans and reflects the changes without error.