Missed Tracks

The Missed Tracks playlist will not be of any use to you unless you generally play whole albums, ie. it will be of no use to somebody who plays mixed-track playlists

The optional lost scrobble resurrection facility, if enabled, does a good job of detecting and resurrecting any lost scrobbles. The AlbumPlays missed tracks facility is something else. This detects tracks which remain unplayed from albums recently played. Either the scrobble remains lost, or the tracks were not played for some reason. A common cause is albums which were stopped before they completed; perhaps still in progress at the end of a listening session, but no longer considered the appropriate choice when listening recommenced.

Missed tracks menu

Whatever the cause, missed tracks are a nuisance if you use MediaMonkey custom indices based upon play-date related criteria. An example would be a custom index such as Not played for a year or more. A recently played album could inappropriately appear in such an index, if the album had a track which was not played the last time around.

The intention of the Missed Tracks playlist facility is to generate a playlist, which could be queued, allowing mop-up of any part-played albums, so that play-date-related indices are more accurate and useful.

Run the Action|GeneratePlaylistForTracksMissed (or Alt+A then M keys) option to get a dialogue box listing all recently played albums containing missed tracks. The dialog box shows how many tracks were missed, and the cumulative minutes represented by those tracks.

Missed Tracks options

Missed Tracks confirmation

De-select any album that you don’t wish to hear at the moment, and then press the F3 key (or take menu item Action|Apply) to generate the Missed Tracks playlist. By default, the playlist is named MissedTracks.m3u, and will be written to the a folder named AlbumPlays_playlists in the “NAS” path which which you made available to this application during the install procedure. …. You can override the default playlist name & location(s) by following the instructions at the bottom of this section.

You can see your playlist location setting in AlbumPlays’ About screen (File|About menu option)

Default definitions
  • you get nagged about any incomplete recently played album
  • a recently played album is an album which had a track played within the last month
  • a completely played album is a recently played album which has had all of its tracks played within the past 50 days
  • nb: default duration values may be overridden – see configuration in the following section

Implications from these settings:

  • you get nagged about any incomplete album which you have played within the last rolling month
  • you should queue the missed tracks within the following three weeks to avoid your mop-up action triggering a fresh round of nagging, as the originally played tracks would disappear over the event horizon by then, and would now seem to be “missed tracks”

The Missed Tracks facility should work without configuration. You only need to do something here if you want to alter default settings.

Click to open Configuration of the Missed Tracks facility

The FAQ contains information describing this application’s configuration file environment, and should be read before making any configuration changes.

All of these configuration options belong in the [general section] section of the configuration file.

Playlist name

the default playlist name is MissedTracks.m3u

the default name may be changed with option _missed_playlist_file_name
the .m3u file extension must neither be changed nor specified
Playlist location

the default playlist generic location is a folder named AlbumPlays_playlists in the “NAS” path, which which you made available to this application during the install procedure

the default generic location may be changed with option _playlist_directory
if you have a NAS, it best to be there, so that you can use the playlist, and this facility, even if your PC is powered off

you can view a summary of your current playlist location configuration via AlbumPlays’ About screen (File|About menu option)

if you defined any specific-target playlist locations, (ie. NAS, Sonos or USB targets), the Missed Tracks playlist will be written to each of those locations

The {nas} path shortcut may be used for the folder set my your _nas_path option … Here are a selection of valid examples of the above options (note forward slashes):

Missed Tracks calculations

As already described, the procedure for selecting candidates for the MissedTracks playlist requires two pieces of information.

What is a recently played album? — Answer: it is any album which has had a track played in the last n days — and you can override the value of n via the option _missed_playlist_album_cutoff
When is a recently played album, not a completely played album? — Answer: it is when the album is recently played AND it has a least one track which was played more than m days ago — you can override the value of m via option _missed_playlist_track_cutoff

Here are valid examples of the above options:



Sonos owners: prior Set up required:

Add share in Sonos

You need to configure your Sonos equipment to index the playlist output directory. You only need to do this once. Read further down this page to see how to locate the directory, and the following “configuration” dropdown section shows to customise this location.

You browse and queue from MissedTracks playlist by pointing your Sonos controller to MusicLibrary|ImportedPlaylists.

Sonos playlists

The playlist is immediately available after you press the F3 key. The Sonos controllers are slow to display the current contents of a playlist. If you queue a playlist, you find that it queues the contents that you have just generated, even though the Sonos playlist browser may still display the previous contents of the playlist. There is no need to force Sonos to update their Music Library index.

The Missed tracks playlist will be written to the Sonos playlist location (if you have configured this via the _playlist_directory_sonos option).

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