Jayessemm
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Very Large Music Library -- Very Slow Search -- Bottleneck?

Wed May 22, 2019 12:38 pm

I'm trying to help my kids with their audio set up.

They have a:

* Raspberry Pi 3 plugged in via headphone to RCA jack to a
* good set of powered speakers
* 500 GB / 65,000 song music library (songs either MP3 or AAC) on external HD
* running Volumino as the music client
* controlling through the app on their iPhones using the apartment's WiFi

The music plays perfectly but the search function is horrible. So bad they give up and just play whatever song is there or plug their phones direct to the jack, while their phones still have headphone jacks :-), and just play that stuff.

I wonder what the bottleneck could be. Is it the computer, the audio client, the iPhone app? (I assume it isn't the hard drive as the music plays -- unless there is some weird indexing thing going on).

Any suggestions? Would it help to get rid of the iPhone and get a touch screen to control the Pi? ...

Thanks

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topguy
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Re: Very Large Music Library -- Very Slow Search -- Bottleneck?

Thu May 23, 2019 10:20 am

Quite hard to theorize without knowing how the search function in Volumino actually works. Does it have a local database or does it access the HDD all the time to search. If Volumino has a support forum you should also ask there.

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bensimmo
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Re: Very Large Music Library -- Very Slow Search -- Bottleneck?

Thu May 23, 2019 11:00 am

To be honest, it's probably best asking the community and people who make and support it.
https://forum.volumio.org/

They seem quite active and the changelog seems to be regular.

There are also links to a live chat area and github on the documentation
https://volumio.github.io/docs/FAQs/General.html

I can't help other than that as I don't use it.

Jayessemm
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Re: Very Large Music Library -- Very Slow Search -- Bottleneck?

Thu May 23, 2019 1:05 pm

Thanks folks.

The volumino forum is a great idea. I'll see what they have today.

I have to figure the slow down is somewhere in that app / the WiFi control / ...

Thanks

trondis23
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Re: Very Large Music Library -- Very Slow Search -- Bottleneck?

Fri May 24, 2019 10:34 am

You can use Minimserver with Volumio. Minimserver is very fast, plus it has more features than other servers I have tried. I have a large music library too, around 25 400 "songs", or 2200 albums. Minimserver updates very quickly when I add new stuff.

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