Searching and Filtering
The MusicBee GUI is divided into a number of sections:
1. Navigator Panel which divides your music into different categories including:
Library - splits your collection between Music; Podcasts; Radio Stations; Inbox; and Play History. MusicBee allows you to create and use multiple libraries - click the button by the Library header to navigate libraries. The Inbox is intended as a holding area that you can send your new files from a folder scan, from downloads, and from cd rips. Once you have reviewed and edited tags you can drag the files to your library or computer folder.
Playlists - shows the Now Playing list; Auto-DJ; Auto-Playlists; and standard Playlists. See Managing Playlists for more information.
Web - shows music websites you have bookmarked.
Computer - shows all drives and folders on your computer, allowing you to navigate and view files in specific folders. Note you can filter the folders displayed, and specify whether files from sub-folders be aggregated by clicking the button by the Computer header.
Devices - displayed when you have any music devices attached to your computer and allows you to view music files, podcasts and playlists on each device.
2. Main Panel ToolButton Bar has buttons to navigate, control the layout and filter the main panel.
3. Track Browser sumarises tag values in three definable categories so you can filter and locate tracks. By default genre, artist and album are displayed - click the button in each filter panel to choose another field. To hide the track browser panel click the button and untick Show Track Browser.
4. Main Panel shows tracks for the current node selected on the Navigator Panel.
5. Now Playing List shows all tracks that are queued for playback.
6. Main Panel Menu Bar allows you to choose commands and run various tools.
7. Quick Finder Panel allows you to filter tracks and differs from the main panel search box in that only the field you choose is searched and a list of the remaining distinct values for the chosen field is displayed as you type. The panel can be closed if the search box in the main panel meets your needs.
8. Player Control Panel shows the current playing track and has buttons to control aspects of plackback. Click the button to show additional information about the current playing track. In addition to the standard play, pause, skip and stop buttons, you can also open the Equaliser Window; start or stop scrobbling to last.fm; set the playback repeat mode; and set shuffling on or off. By clicking the button by the shuffle button, you can adjust the way shuffling is done - in addition to random shuffling, you can have MusicBee give bias to higher rated tracks; bias to the same artist; or bias to different artists.
9. Status Bar displays context senstive status information. When files are first displayed or when selected MusicBee will show statistics including: number of files; total size in MB; and total duration. When a process is running in the background it status will display here and you can terminate it by clicking the button.
Searching and Filtering
MusicBee provides a number ways for you locate tracks:
To locate or filter tracks in the main panel, you can:
Enter a value in the search box. By default all fields are searched but you can restrict the fields by clicking the button and choosing the fields.
Enter a value in the Quick Finder search panel on the left sidebar. This search differs in that only the field you choose is searched and a list of the remaining distinct values for the chosen field is displayed as you type.
Select one or more values from the track browser panel. By default you can choose from genre, artist and album but can be configured to show other fields by clicking the button.
Enter a custom search by clicking the button and choosing the Custom Search command.
To locate the current playing track in your library, either right click the player information panel and choose Locate in Library; click the track information popup button in the player control panel and then click the library icon; or click the Go To toolbar menu in the Now Playing List and choose Locate in Library.
To locate a track in the Now Playing list, click the Go To toolbar menu and choose Find Track. An input box will be displayed when you can enter the name of the track you want to find in the Now Playing list.
To sort tracks in your library, playlist or computer folder click the column heading in the main panel for the field you want sort by. If you want to sort by multiple fields, hold the Ctrl key down and click any additional column headings as required.
For auto-playlists, you can specify a default sorting field for that particular playlist in the auto-playlist definition.
For any playlist, including the Now Playing list, the List toolbar menu provides commands to Shuffle the playlist and to Restore Natural Order. You can also restore the natural order of a playlist by clicking the # column header.
MusicBee provides a Now Playing list where tracks are queued for playback. By default the Now Playing list is located on the right sidebar but can be displayed as a floating window.
To play tracks immediately or to queue tracks you can:
Click the Play toolbar button. The behavior depends on how many tracks are selected:
If no tracks are selected, all tracks will be added to the Now Playing list;
If one track is selected, the behavior is as configured in the Now Playing preferences. By default the Now Playing list is cleared and the track is immediately played or queued next if another track is already playing;
If multiple tracks are selected, only the selected tracks will be played.
Right-click one or more selected tracks and choose from: Play Now for the same behavior as the Play button; Queue Next to add the tracks to be played next; and Queue Last to add the tracks to the end of the queue.
Double-click a track for the same behavior as the Play button.
Click the + button at the top of the Now Playing list to add tracks that are from the same artist as the current playing artist or selected artist, from the same genre, or from a similar artist (as classified by last.fm).
From the MusicBee icon in the Windows notification tray, choose Quick Tracks, navigate to an artist, album or genre and choose a track for the same behavior as the Play button.
To let MusicBee automatically select tracks for you based on the criteria you select, open the Auto-DJ in the left navigator panel, choose your criteria and click Generate Playlist to create an initial playlist. On clicking the Play button, MusicBee will play the tracks and automatically maintain an upcoming list of tracks.