We are pleased to announce the release of SongKong 8.4 Gold
This is a major release with important improvements to artwork.
Added support for retrieving the Back CoverWe can now get back cover as well as front cover album images, these are stored in the music files and can also be written as a back.jpg in the album folder.
Better Quality Artist/Band PhotosWe can now get high quality artist artwork from FanArt.tv, before this release we only got artist artwork (e.g artist/composer.. ) from Wikipedia.
New Artwork types can be retrievedWe have extended the types of artist artwork we retrieve, we could already get artwork for Artist, Album Artist, Composer, Conductor, Lyricist and Orchestra fields if the album was identified. But now we can also get artwork for other Performers and also the Record Label Logo
MinimServer IntegrationThis becomes really useful if you are using MinimServer uPnP server because MinimServer can define an artworkIndex folder that can be used to find matching images for index elements. So if you have defined indexes for Conductors/Composers/Performers/Record Labels ectera you can use SongKong to save images to this folder using the Other Arwork:Add all artwork to MinimServer indexArtwork folder option, then MinimServer will read the values as they will be displayed by your uPnP Control Point
i.e Composers Index
i.e Labels Index
Independent image resizing for cover art /artist photosWe have split the Artwork tab into two tabs, and now you can independently set min/max image sizes for Cover Art and Artist Artwork, you can also decide if/how to write images to the filesystem
Apple Music/iTunes FixWe also fix an issue with accessing Apple Music or iTunes, a security feature added to MacOS meant that SongKong could not get rights to communicate with Apple Music/iTunes.
With this fix the first time you run SongKong your Mac will display a popup message saying
"SongKong " wants access to control “Music”.Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in “Music”, and to perform actions within that app.
Select OK to allow access.
If you do not allow access SongKong will not be able to communicate with iTunes/Apple Music and therefore you should ensure that Basic:Save changes to ITunes is disabled
SONGKONG-2311 Not always possible to get Artist artwork from Wikipedia if artist name contains non ascii characters
SONGKONG-2308 Replace remaining references to http://jthink.net with https://jthink.net
SONGKONG-2307 Cannot invoke "String.toLowerCase()" because "attributes" is null
SONGKONG-2306 Naimmatcher:Cannot invoke "String.equals(Object)" because "trackArtist" is null
SONGKONG-2304 On Windows incorrectly labels iTunes as MacOS Music app
SONGKONG-2325 Allow to set max/min image size for artist artwork independently to cover art
SONGKONG-2324 Split Artwork tab into Album Artwork and Artist Artwork to give enough space for new artwork options
SONGKONG-2316 Add support for reading back cover from Cover Art Archive
SONGKONG-2314 Get Label images from fanart.tv - useful for MinimServer Label index
SONGKONG-2313 Add support for getting artwork for performers, very useful if using MinimServer Perfromer index
SONGKONG-2312 Get better quality artist/composer/conductor ... artwork from fanart.,tv
SONGKONG-1918 Update Com4j Bridge to latest version and rebuild against latest iTunesSONGKONG-2309 Not giving permissions when trying to access Apple Music first time