Plotino wrote:I don't want to view album art when the album has only 1-4 tracks
MM5 doesn't do exactly what you are asking, but there is a view as I mentioned and Peke pointed to,
that can show the art regardless of how many tracks, without it taking up space.
It is in-line art about the size of an icon. It's so small that it's difficult to make out the
art as is, but you can hover over it for a larger preview.
This is an ideal situation for power users, like myself, who care about seeing the art but give
much greater weight to the details. The Art & Details pane combined with this new view is an excellent
solution in my opinion because you can easily see currently selected/playing art as well as directly
reference all other art without having to select, play or sacrifice valuable GUI real estate.
There is also the broader Albums view which shows reasonable sized, more obvious art associated to Artist
and album name but not track list. However, when you click on the art it reveals the track list. It's most
similar to MM4's art with details where it also shows obvious art (albeit too large) and collapsed tracks
that can be revealed by expanding.
So, both behave as solutions, but the latter example is the closest to an equivalent of what you are talking about.
You should download MM5 preview and try it out.
The problem with improving MM4's version lies in the differences in the API, right?
How difficult is it to change?
The biggest problem is how do you shrink the art without losing "aspect ratio/scale" and still have it present nice enough
to still matter? Would it be possible to shrink the art down to the size of around the "hover preview" that's part
of the List View + album art column
in MM5 and collapse the relevant tracks further down to fit at the side of and within the height of
the art. Or, create a middle size that averages between the current MM4 size and the icon size in MM5. The goal could be something like, show
at least 2 tracks but no more than 3 while collapsed.
Just a thought.