Android Auto and MMA issue

Get answers about the current release of MediaMonkey for Android

Moderator: Gurus

bonzo728
Posts: 39
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:43 pm

Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by bonzo728 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:42 pm

When using MMA and Android Auto I have noticed that when I use voice commands to play an album ("ok Google, play [album name]) the album's songs play in alphabetical order. If the album is selected on the phone without the use of voice commands the songs play in the correct order. My wife and I both use MMA and Android Auto. She drives a Subaru and I drive a Ford so I know it's not an issue with the car. Not sure if it's an android auto, Google, or MMA issue, or even a combination of them. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Anyone know of a fix?

adminspotter
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by adminspotter » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:33 pm

I've got a 2019 VW, and the same is happening for me. I upgraded to the pro version of MMA to see if that helped, but it did not. No knowledge of any workarounds or fixes.

I did manage to get into a library browsing interface once, which at least allowed me to pick the album I wanted to listen to by going through my media lists for it, but I have no idea how to get back to that interface.

adminspotter
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by adminspotter » Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:57 pm

I tried an experiment: same phone, same car, same Android Auto, different media player (Pulsar). "Play album <whatever>" delivered the tracks in the appropriate album order, and not alphabetically. So it's MMA that's alphabetizing the album tracks.

I've also run into situations where there have been tracks *related* to the album title - same song title, for example - which MMA inserted into the list when I said "play album <whatever>". The next test there would probably be "play <whatever>", and see if the same list comes up.

Seems like MMA is doing a plain text search of multiple (all?) tag fields, rather than a search of any particular tag field. I'd be curious to know what Android Auto's audio player interface provides to the player program, as far as what the user asked for.

adminspotter
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by adminspotter » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:31 am

I tried "play <whatever>", and got the same list as "play album <whatever>". Seems like MMA is ignoring the 'album' part of the command, and we're just getting the results of a plain text search over most of the tags.

kwdancet
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:27 pm

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by kwdancet » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:24 pm

I am also experiencing this problem--and it's quite annoying when I want to listen to a Broadway show.

It also happens when playing an artist. I asked it to play Celtic Thunder and it alphabetized all tracks (from about 5 albums).

Car: 2018 Subaru Forrester
MMA version: 1.3.4.0854
Android Version: 8 and 9 (I recently upgraded, same behavior).

Peke
Posts: 12288
Joined: Tue Jun 10, 2003 7:21 pm
Location: Serbia
Contact:

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by Peke » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:42 pm

Hi,
Apply for MMA beta as there is several improvements there.
Best regards,
Pavle
MediaMonkey Team lead QA/Tech Support guru
Admin of Free MediaMonkey addon Site HappyMonkeying
Image
Image
How to add SCREENSHOTS to forum

adminspotter
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by adminspotter » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:55 am

I signed up for the beta. I tried the same tests as before with 1.3.5.0861, and there is no change. Still returns everything in alphabetical order, and also grabs things from other albums when I ask for an album name.

elcapitan
Posts: 8
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:18 pm

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by elcapitan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:12 am

I brought a related issue up months ago, the default behaviour of MM in AA is to alphabetize things.

I dont use voice commands but it does the same through the car screen interface if you try to play all songs by an artist instead of alphabetizing by album names and playing the songs in track number order it alphabetizes the individual songs by song title. It doesnt do this in the phone app.

The response I got was its fixed in version 2, dont know if theres a date for version 2 yet?

Lowlander
Posts: 45997
Joined: Sat Sep 06, 2003 5:53 pm
Location: MediaMonkey 5

Re: Android Auto and MMA issue

Post by Lowlander » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:25 am

There isn't, it will probably be a while still.
Lowlander (MediaMonkey user since 2003)

Post Reply