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  1. Here's another question that requires one of those pills you have ... why would I use Pandora when I can select a song, an album or an artist with GrooveShark? I see 160 and up bitrates. May not have album art but I change it anyway. And it uses the blacklist file. Your name may not be Ferris Bueller but you're still my hero!
  2. Happy Holidays ZZJ! 1. Is there a way to suppress my stupid questions so others won't know how ignorant I am? 2. Downloaded little while ago (from when Pandora did v29[?] change). Will that fix what seems like a timeout problem where Pandora stops (will upload log if you like)? Not sure if it's due to local loss of connection via RoadRunner. 3. How do I use Grooveshark? I start Saver2 and it starts up Pandora. Can't figure out how to turn one on/off. 4. Is GS music similar to Pandora - individual music files? Or is it streaming? Mahalo in advance!
  3. Yep, it's working again. That was strange enough Mahalo!
  4. Just ran into this: 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM --- SPROXY APPLICATION STARTED --- 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM No command line options specifed 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Executable Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Saver2\ 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Data Directory: C:\Users\Bryan\AppData\Roaming\SProxy\ 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Logging file: C:\Users\Bryan\AppData\Roaming\SProxy\sproxy_11.02_18.11.30_-_(active).log 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Debug level of 0 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM [DEBUG] Logging active! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM --- Initializating plugins --- 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Searching in C:\Program Files (x86)\Saver2\ 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin Client.Client from PandoraClient.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin PlayIt.PlayIt from Saver.Accuradio.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin GenericSaver.GenericSaver from Saver.Generic.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin Grooveshark.Grooveshark from Saver.Grooveshark.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin LastFM.LastFM from Saver.LastFM.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM --- Pandora and all related trademarks are property of Pandora Media, Inc. --- 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin Pandora.Pandora from Saver.Pandora.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin PlayIt.PlayIt from Saver.PlayIt.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin Slacker.Slacker from Saver.Slacker.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin Songza.Songza from Saver.Songza.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin YouTube.YouTube from Saver.YouTube.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin Saver2.Saver from Saver2.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin SimpleBlacklist.SimpleBlacklist from SimpleBlacklist.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin SongFader.SongFader from SongFader.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Loaded plugin SongManager.SongManager from SongManager.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM --- Starting 14 plugins --- 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2 Core 1.3.3 loaded; looking for suitable plugins... 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Pandora Client C1.5.1 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Accuradio 1.0 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: GenericSaver 2.0 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Grooveshark 1.2 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Last.FM 1.0 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Pandora Saver S2.2 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: play.it 1.0 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Slacker 1.3 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Songza Radio 1.1 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: YouTube 1.0 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Simple Blacklisting 1.008 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Song Fader 1.008a found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Song Manager 1.002 found! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM --- Found 13 valid saver plugins! --- 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2 built on 10/13/2010 10:15:33 AM CST 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: WARNING: This software is for educational use only. Do not use the software in a way that would contravene any music copyright laws. 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Any information provided by software is for educational purposes only. No function is implied or in any way guaranteed. 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: SaveDir = C:\Pandora Music\ 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: NrCores = 4 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Worker thread started! 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM Saver2: Auto Rip ON! Songs will be saved as they are sniffed. 11/2/2010 6:11:30 PM --- PANDORA CLIENT LAUNCHED --- 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SKIN: Found maniac1-boxy in pclient-base 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SKIN: Found maniac1-green in pclient-base 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SKIN: Found maniac1 in pclient-base 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SKIN: Found scorp1 in pclient-base 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SKIN: Found scorp3 in pclient-base 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SKIN: Found scorp4 in pclient-base 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM [DEBUG] SKIN: Using skin 'default' 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM [DEBUG] Skin is up to date! 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Client: Applying skin... 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Client: Skin applied successfully! 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Services supported by generic plugin: 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Playlist.com (http://www.playlist.com/) 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Songza Beta (http://www.songza.com/) 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Listen.com (http://listen.com) 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM Meemix (http://www.meemix.com/) 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM YouTube: Loaded 0 video hashes 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SBL: Loading blacklists... 11/2/2010 6:11:31 PM SBL: Loaded 0 blacklist patterns from file 'C:\Users\Bryan\AppData\Roaming\SProxy\Sample.blacklist.txt' 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM SBL: Loaded 16812 blacklist patterns from file 'C:\Users\Bryan\AppData\Roaming\SProxy\z.blacklist.txt' 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM SBL: 16812 blacklist patterns loaded. 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM --- Plugin initialization completed --- 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Loaded documentation; 34 entries 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Loaded IE proxy settings [0] http=;https=; PAC 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Setting IE proxy settings to use PAC file 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM --- Loaded server settings --- 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM --- SProxy server started --- 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Listening for connections on port 8888 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM #0 GET /pac 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM PClient 1.5.5 started; protocol v28 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Saver2: Checking for updates.... 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM StreamPlayer: Cache size set to 65536b 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM StreamPlayer: Opening NAudio WaveOut... 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM #1 GET http://zzj.itf-inc.com/s2/updatechk.php 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Client: Loaded plugin NowPlaying (Client.NowPlaying) from <builtin> 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Client: Loaded plugin Last.FM (LastFMScrobbler.LastFM) from LastFMScrobbler.dll 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Client: Logging in to Pandora 11/2/2010 6:11:34 PM Client: Syncing... 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM #2 POST http://www.pandora.com/radio/xmlrpc/v28?ri...amp;method=sync 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM #2 POST 210 bytes to www.pandora.com 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM Saver2: Up to date (md5 hash match) 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM Pandora: Inspecting XMLRPC 'sync': #2 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM ####################################################################### 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM !! ERROR ERROR ERROR PANDORA PROTOCOL VERSION HAS BEEN INCREMENTED !! 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM !! YOU MUST CHECK FOR UPDATE @ http://zzj.itf-inc.com/s2/ !! 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM !! !! 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM !! This client cannot be used because the protocol has been changed. !! 11/2/2010 6:11:35 PM #######################################################################
  5. ZZJ: Haven't been around for a while because all's been good. Until Pandora's change, that is, and your update which forced me to install the newest and greatest version. Just had one minor issue (and me not wanting to read through 40+ pages of postings); so seeing the quick live chat feature caught my eye. Was more surprised that you were online and available so I was typing as fast as I could to say a quick 'hi', get an answer to my blacklist problem, and let you be on your way to get back to your schoolbooks or next version or enhancement or dinner date. I did upgrade to Pandora One more so for the higher quality, I got my blacklist working, and (as I hope others will do likewise) sent you a donation for something that has given me the opportunity of enjoying hours of listening to music wherever I am. I reminisce about a first girlfriend, a trip to Maui when I was 12, high school days...music has been a big part of my life, so thanks for helping me to relive some wonderful memories! Keep up the great work, ZZJ. Others, please send this poor kid some $. How about a penny for every song you've gleaned? Sure beats $.95 each at Amazon... Aloha!
  6. deleted cuz seems someone got pissed..sorry...thanks for every ZZJ. Good luck in your school work.
  7. I know this really isn't about iTunes, but I've found out some further information about what iTunes does that was briefly mentioned early on, actually in a previous post. (I'm also hoping that I'm not the only one who uses iTunes lol). Here, I had replied to someone in an Apple forum who was trying to figure out why her album art wasn't "sticking" into the actual music file. She said she was getting 'white' images. This was my reply to her... In the Summary area of that song, does it say "No Artwork Available" in greyed lettering? If it is, as you say, a white screen, then you are possibly saving a blank white image to your songs. Otherwise, that Summary area should show you the album cover (bigger version where you can copy/cut/paste/delete if you go to the Artwork tab. AND this just popped into my head - you can have more than 1 "artwork" stored per music file in iTunes. IF your Summary area does not show the "No Artwork Available", go to the Artwork tab. Look at the slider bar across from Add/Delete. Is the slider all the way to the right? If so (and it isn't grayed out), try sliding it to the left a bit (this reduces the image size so that you can see multiple images if there is more than one). Hoping that this is the case, highlight the "white" or unwanted image(s), then you can push the slider back to the right or leave it as is. For grins, if you did have 2 images stored, you can view them on the iTunes front by looking directly above the album image, in the "Now Playing" bar. You should see arrows on each end. Click one or the other... And after further research and testing, I have found this out: If you use iTune's Get Album Artwork, it will get it if it can find it but that image gets stored in the Album Artwork Download area of your iTunes music directory. IT DOES NOT GET WRITTEN INTO THE ACTUAL MUSIC FILE! If that is what you have done, then you need to go to each song (or if you have multiple songs from an album you can group select and right click to the Get Info area. You must then go to the Artwork area, right click to copy, delete the phantom image, and then right click and paste the image. You are looking at the image that is stored in the iTunes images directory, not the physical music file artwork image. Thank goodness - you can copy that image to Windows clipboard. Go to the Artwork tab and right click on the image and copy (or Ctrl-C). Delete the iTunes image by deleting it, then paste your clipboard image right back by right clicking and pasting (or Ctrl-V). Then click on OK to write the file back with the stored image. Hope this helps!
  8. Foobar seems to be a very versitle interface which uses existing converters (such as LAME). I've converted my MP3s to the more compact MP4s since my cell phone (w/Bluetooth) supports HE-AAC. And I'm anticipating iTunes will eventually jump on the bandwagon. A caveat to my own conversion of MP3s to MP4s was that I didn't want to go from lossy to lossy directly, so I actually went from MP3 to FLAC (using Foobar as lossless), then to HE-AAC MP4. I used Nero's converter to create the HE-AAC files. The Nero AAC standalone converter (http://www.digitalradiotech.co.uk/nero_aac_ui.htm) has worked great for me and has been the easiest to configure HE-AAC. And when I rip my music CDs, I first create lossless WAV files, then use Nero to create my HE-AAC MP4s. I would load about 25 files at a time and let her rip (any more and I noticed it would crash). The only irritation is that it opens up a DOS window for each song so it would be the primary window. It does close it after each song also, but ... you'll see. Just do it when you are watching TV or something non-PC. But it's a very quick process like Foobar so don't fret.
  9. Hey Tubbers (et al) ... if you guys are looking for an MP4-to-MP3 converter, why don't you use Foobar2000? You just need the LAME encoder (which exists with ZZJ's PS downloader). It will also tell you that you are going from one lossy (MP4) format to another lossy (MP3) format which you are. Just set VBR on (I understand that's preferred instead of always forcing a set bit rate), and use at least 160 or higher. It will move over all (I believe) the existing tags (artist, track name, album name, etc.), except for the album cover. BUT just use another piece of software (iTunes works great) and ask it to get the album cover. Whether you opt to use iTunes to actually play the music is totally up to you, but it is great for updating tags one by one. Foobar2000 is a multi-purpose audio player (yeah I know, Winamp, iTunes, QT, Realplay, so why another one...), but it's rediculously quick to load, you drag files to its plain looking (clean) track area, you have tons of conversion options (I haven't used them all), and it plays Pandora's HE-AAC files very efficiently. (http://www.foobar2000.org/) This should let you spend your time downloading in turbo mode, and you can run Foobar2000 simultaneously without bogging down PS. The problem you will have is figuring out what to do with thousands of audio files!
  10. The file extension shouldn't matter. This is from ZZJ's blacklist example file: # You can export playlists from iTunes as text and use them as blacklists, too. # Just change their extension to ".blacklist.txt" # M3U playlists work as well. Just about anything is accepted. # Place these blacklist files in the root of your save directory. # Comparisons are case-insensitive, paths + extensions are disregarded, and any punctuation is removed. I was also in the dilemna of keeping zero-byte files (which I originally did), or a blacklist. I opted for the blacklist as the number of files exceeded 7k. The only problem with that is I have to update my blacklist file with each batch that I download. Worse is that my keep percentage is only about 5% (I've got over 10k songs in iTunes) and can listen to only so much in any given day, so I end up adding the newly downloaded file list to my existing blacklist file, moving the files to a holding area, and reviewing/weeding using Winamp. Ones I keep I import into iTunes (I don't really use playlists).
  11. Got it! So cool... Oh, forgot to thank you for creating my Vista Widget! Anticipating Well, the song fader! That's perfectly what I was looking for. I have it set to show stuff that gets ripped. It hardly does it now lol (I'm still weeding through all the download I have so far!). It's great and fits perfectly where the widget sits on the right side of the screen. You are so clever! <_<
  12. Just downloaded it. Blacklist didn't hose SProxy this time, but I noticed (maybe it was the same before?), that I have to config to use Blacklist then close settings, then reopen settings and click on load blacklist otherwise if you do it the first time it doesn't seem like it really loads the list. SProxy Mini is running fine (going on 20 minutes now). I looked at the log - I'm thinking you don't need to list the entire blacklist (I didn't look good but did it list all 7.5k songs???). I didn't see anything about being able to download - but then I am ripping on the fly so may not apply. Yep - got your PM thanks. Your explanation gave me a pretty good concept of scripting. I am not sure how I can change the destination where the file goes yet, but gonna see if I can find a PhP language book cuz it looks like fun! I'll just send you another donation cuz if you're like me, I'm trying to stay away from McD's cuz I'm trying to watch my figure lol! BTW DYK a big breakfast is like 1.1k calories? Dayam... You put it in my note...is this some kind of challenge??? lol well if it screws me up I'm gonna send you one of those penny things instead! hahaha
  13. Just downloaded and was config'ing ... I hit the reload blacklist button and got this. It closed everything. Do you want me to try again and look for other quirks with Vista?
  14. http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html When I first started using Vista, I was only using Windows Media Player (which I've come to know as WMP lol). When I'd click on my MP3 folder, it would take maybe a couple of minutes for the HDD to settle down. The files would show up quickly, but anytime I made an app or Explorer hit that particular directory, ARGH! The system would crawl until the drive stopped whatever it was doing. I read somewhere to disable WMP shell options (which became easily visible with that program ShellExView). Now I can click on my Pandora folder (with 7,500 files) and HDD lights up for about 1 second and it's done. As for Windows Search 4.0, it was one of those downloadable updates you would see if you ran Windows Updates. I'm not sure if it was one of those programs that would automatically install if you had 'auto' turned on, but I'm sure it did show up in your installed programs and could uninstall it - which is what I did. I've read much about Search 4.0 - good and bad. It caused problems for me. I guess I could have config'd it to ignore my media files, but I don't need the system taking ours to index my HDDs. So I noticed 2 different things going on: 1) when I went to my music directory, it would take the HDD forever to settle down until I turned off the WMP shell programs, and 2) once in the directory, heaven forbid I opted to click on the size or date header to sort cuz that would take forever with Search installed. Now if I clicked on a header, it resorts those 7500 files in less than a second. All this FWIW
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