Housekeeping – play history

This section of the Users’ Guide describes AlbumPlays facilities to housekeep your scrobble history.

Deleting scrobbles

You can delete unwanted scrobbles from the MediaMonkey database. AlbumPlays database is the master source for MediaMonkey’s play history, so this achieved by deleting the scrobbles from the AlbumPlays database.

Use AlbumPlay’s Edit|PlayHistory menu item to locate the track(s), and then you can display the scrobbles details for those tracks, and optionally delete any unwanted scrobbles as illustrated below.

See an overview illustrating how AlbumPlays helps you detect and investigate any duplicated scrobbles.

delete scrobbles

See an overview illustrating how AlbumPlays helps you detect and investigate any duplicate scrobbles

Generating manual scrobbles

AlbumPlays enables you to correct your scrobble history by manually generating missing scrobbles. The aim is to allow you to manufacture scrobble history for tracks which you played using non-scrobbling devices, or where, for some reason, scrobbles were not recorded by Last.fm

Manual scrobbles are generated for the listener from whose Last.fm account fresh scrobbles are imported. … If you have enrolled more than one listener into AlbumPlays, it is the one whose listener ID is specifed in the _user option in the configuration file for AlbumPlays.

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    _user = BJM  

Albumplays can generate scrobbles for:

  • a track
  • an album, or selection of tracks from an album
  • or the contents of a MediaMonkey playlist

Use AlbumPlay’s Edit|PlayHistory menu item to locate the track(s) to be scrobbled. Make a selection using a fragment of the name of an artist, album, or MediaMonkey playlist.

Search by playlist name fragment

Search for a MediaMonkey playlist by prefixing the search fragment with pl:, eg. pl:gym would find the following playlists:

  • My Gym Tracks
  • my gym tracks
  • music for boogymen
Search by artist or album name fragment

nb: AlbumArtist tags are searched, not Artist tags … ie the Album “owners”, not the individual track owners

eg art would find:

  • Art Tatum
  • John Martyn
  • and the album Atom Heart Mother

The search returns the list of albums for artists containing the search fragment, as well as albums whose name contains the fragment. … Select one of the albums.

select an album

Scrobbling your chosen tracks

Either search method will take you to the list of tracks for the album or MediaMonkey playlist. Select the tracks that you want scrobbled, select the Manual Scrobble action, and then press F3.

manual scrobbling

AlbumPlays will total up the play time of the selected tracks, and backdate the scrobbles so that the last will appear to have just be been played.

If you have already played, and scrobbled, tracks today, you can avoid those track plays from being shuffled together with these new manual scrobbles. You do this by telling AlbumPlays to offset the manual scrobble times by n hours. … eg. say you started playing music around 8am this morning, and it is now 3pm … so you will already have scrobbles going back around 7 or 8 hours … so tell AlbumPlays to defer the manual scrobbles by 8 hours, causing them to be created into clear air, completing before today’s existing history which starts from around 8am.

manual scrobble offset

AlbumPlays is only aware of tracks for which you already have play history. If you wish to manually scrobble a track, which you have never played before, you will need to use the MediaMonkey playlist option described above.

The MediaMonkey playlist facility is also an easy way to assemble a bunch of non-related tracks, useful where you want to scrobble tracks from a mix of different albums.

Authorising AlbumPlays to scrobble to your LFM account

You need to have authorised AlbumPlays to scrobble to your Last.fm account before using this Manual Scrobbling facility for the first time

The authorisation procedure is described here. You only need do the 1st two steps.
1. Configure the Listener for scrobbling
2. Authorise AlbumPlays to scrobble to your Last.fm account

Collecting tracks to be scrobbled into a temporary MediaMonkey playlist

A MediaMonkey play can be the most convenient method of selecting the tracks to be scrobbled.

Making a temporary MediaMonkey playlist (click to open)

  • select some tracks
  • right click one of them
  • select SendTo|Playlist|NewPlaylist from the popup menu
     
  • select tracks for playlist
     
  • give the playlist a name, and press the Enter key

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