Player Why this stupid name?
Player Why is there no menu bar or no global menu bar in Unity?
Player I cannot bind the AltGr key to any shortcut.
Playlist Why does Sayonara append new tracks automatically to my playlist?
Playlist New tracks should be appended to the playlist instead of replacing them. Is this possible?
Library The library search is very slow (unusable), because I have a big library and/or a slow machine
Library How can I import new tracks?
Library Do I have to reload my entire library only because I added some tracks/albums?
Library What's the difference between a fast reload and a deep scan of the library?
Library What does album artist mean exactly? Why does nothing change when activating it?
Artwork How can I change the artwork for an track/album/artist?
Artwork Can artwork be saved directly in my MP3?
Tag editor How to use the tag from path feature in the ID3 Editor?
Styling Can I customize the level meter or the spectrum analyzer?
Development How do I get notified about new versions?
Development I want to have a new special feature. Can you integrate it?
Development Why you don't host Sayonara on Github?


Why this stupid name?

When I started, I needed a name for the directory. This was the first word I saw. Do you remember the name of the player? Yes? So the name is good!

Why is there no menu bar or no global menu bar in Unity?

Try removing the package "appmenu-qt5". Also see this post

I cannot bind the AltGr key to any shortcut.

The AltGr is considered as a modifier by Qt. It's like the Shift key. It shifts your keys to another level. When pressing shift and e, you get a capital e. When pressing AltGr and e, you get the Euro symbol. Choose the Win Key or the Ctrl/Strg Key instead.

Why does Sayonara append new tracks automatically to my playlist?

The dynamic playback feature is active. This means, if available, tracks from similar artists are added to the end of the playlist. You can deactivate this by clicking the button with the 'd' at the bottom of the playlist

New tracks should be appended to the playlist instead of replacing them. Is this possible?

Use the button with the Sayonara logo at the bottom of the playlist. This makes 'append' the standard behaviour. In the context library's menu there's an append function, too

The library search is very slow (unusable), because I have a big library and/or a slow machine

Deactivate the 'Live search' option in the 'Local Library' menu entry. Searching is triggered then by pressing the enter key.

How can I import new tracks?

There are several possibilities:
    Drag/drop files and/or directories into the library view
    Use the import functionality in the 'Local Library' menu

Do I have to reload my entire library only because I added some tracks/albums?

No, not neccessarily. If you import new sound by using the player's import functionality, you don't have to. When copying tracks into your file system you have to reload the library. The 'fast way' is sufficient.

What's the difference between a fast reload and a deep scan of the library?

The deep scan scans all tracks with the highest possible quality. This may last long. The fast reload only checks for new tracks and adds them to the library. Old tracks are not touched.

What does album artist mean exactly? Why does nothing change when activating it?

Some tracks on albums, especially on samplers, are tagged with an extra artist field, the album artist. This avoids that too many artists are shown in the library. For example on soundtracks, there is often one artist per song. By giving all those tracks the same album artist only one artist is shown instead of 20. There are two possibilities why you cannot see any difference: Either you have not reloaded your library yet (make sure to choose the deep scan) or none of your tracks has a different album artist then its actual artist. If no album artist is given for a track, the actual artist is chosen automatically as album artist.

How can I change the artwork for an track/album/artist?

At all places where you can find artwork, you can click at the artwork and select a new one either from your hard disk or from the internet.

Can artwork be saved directly in my MP3?

Yes in the ID3 editor. If your tag supports saving artwork (currently available only for mp3/id3v2), the editor offers the possibility to choose and add/replace a image directly in your mp3.

How to use the tag from path feature in the ID3 Editor?

Example: I have an album of White Stripes. The paths there look like this:

/media/multimedia-2/Sound/The White Stripes/2003 Elephant/The White Stripes - Elephant - 01 - Seven Nation Army.mp3
/media/multimedia-2/Sound/The White Stripes/2003 Elephant/The White Stripes - Elephant - 02 - Black Math.mp3
/media/multimedia-2/Sound/The White Stripes/2003 Elephant/The White Stripes - Elephant - 03 - There's No Home For You Here.mp3
...

The paths of the album look quite good, but it's not well tagged. So, you can mark the 2003 with the mouse and click on year. As you can see, 2003 is replaced by "<y>"
You can mark the String "The White Stripes" with Artist, so it's replaced with "<ar>.Mark "Seven Nation Army" with Title and 01 with #Track. A Disc Nr is not available. If you click apply, the tags are changed for this track only.But not saved yet.

If you click apply to all, the tag editor tries to apply the expression on all tracks which are available in the tag editor.Usually you only do this when selecting an entire album or certain tracks from the same album. If the expression cannot be applied to all tracks you get a warning message.

Principially, you have to replace all substrings in the path with expressions that may be different in each song. Usually Title and #Track.

Valid expressions look like this:
  • /media/multimedia-2/Sound/The White Stripes/<y> Elephant/<ar> - <al> - <nr> - <t>.mp3
  • /media/multimedia-2/Sound/<ar>/<y> <al>/The White Stripes - Elephant - <nr> - <t>.mp3
  • /media/multimedia-2/Sound/The White Stripes/<y> <al>/The White Stripes - Elephant - <nr> - <t>.mp3
For this expression you will receive a warning when clicking on apply to all:
  • /media/multimedia-2/Sound/<ar>/<y> <al>/The White Stripes - Elephant - 01 - <t>.mp3

This expression can only be applied to the first track. But not on the second and third, you have to replace the track number as well. If there's no year available, don't use this expression. You can enter the year manually and check the "all" checkbox.

Can I customize the level meter or the spectrum analyzer?

Yes. Right click on the Level meter or the spectrum analyzer. An editor is opening up. With a left click you can switch the look and feel.

How do I get notified about new versions?

Do you see that orange icon on the top-right of this site? You can subscribe to that rss feed.

I want to have a new special feature. Can you integrate it?

If it's useful in my opinion, then yes. If not, you can use the donate button. It has a lot of power.

Why you don't host Sayonara on Github?

There are multiple reasons:
  • Github is a centralized service created by a profit-oriented company. If their current business model does not bring enough money/success anymore,consequences for developers/projects are incalculable (see Sourceforge or Google Code)
  • A lot of people have Github accounts. So it's very easy to write a comment or create a bug report.Of course, they are important for the success of the project, but it's already hard enough to handle all bug reports/feature requests at the momentWhen watching other projects' bug reports you can see that a lot of those reports are generated because people were too lazy reading the manual or spending some time with the software
  • Sayonara once was hosted at Google Code until they decided to move the project to Github against my will and shut down the service. Never again


Feel free to create a branch and host it on Github yourself. It's open source. But at the end, you are responsible for the Github project fork.