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 Post subject: .idb files
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:39 am 
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Does anyone know the purpose of .idb files which appear in many of my Music DB album folders.

In some folders, a .idb file occurs for each music file in the folder while in other folders they don't appear at all.

Can I delete them?

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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:23 am 
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Hi - I would strongly urge not to delete. They appear alongside .wav files (perhaps others too), and they disappear when the track is converted to .mp3 files. So my view would be that if you are loading tracks in .wav format you should leave them, and if you are loading tracks as .mp3 format, you can just wait until your tracks are converted. Tracks convert when you leave your Cocktail on, btw.

Let me know if that helps, and I know if I have got it wrong, someone will say!

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PS Forgot to say that the metadata is in the .idb files, so if you delete, you would lose the artist, album etc information.


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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:28 pm 
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Thanks for the info but I don't think your reply fits my situation.

The .idb files I see on my system only started to appear after upgrading fw to 1760 and as I usually rip CDs on my PC and then import the mp3 files into my X10, there is no conversion from wav taking place.

So I am still looking for an answer - maybe related to Backup on 1760 which seems broken anyway?

Any help appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:17 pm 
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The .IDB file extension use by the CA to manage the Music DB.
Extension is very important for the performance of the tasks on the MusicDB.
An .idb file is a compressed data file for ... Its main purpose is to store data ...almost like an id3 but also does more than just the metadata.
Used by many other database related programs & disassemblers too (if you are interested...)
It is really tiny, so don't bother deleting them - 1+kb.


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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:35 pm 
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Thanks for your reply - are these .idb files new in R1760 as I had never seen them before upgrading the firmware from 1692.

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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:45 pm 
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kintommy wrote:
Thanks for your reply - are these .idb files new in R1760 as I had never seen them before upgrading the firmware from 1692.

The awful 1754 was the first firmware that introduced the .idb files to the X10.


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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:02 pm 
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@Uwe0110, ha, i thought you said you never installed 1754! :)
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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:57 pm 
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@Uwe0110, ha, i thought you said you never installed 1754! :)
(Read your post somewhere......)

Ooops, you got me! To my shame I have to admit that I installed 1754 for a test data base. Because of the many things I did not like in that firmware I re-installed 1692. I never used 1754 on the real data base of almost 50,000 titles.


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 Post subject: Re: .idb files
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:15 am 
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It seems to me that these .idb files are being created when Album Art is updated for an album - a .idb file is created for every music file (.mp3 etc) and the .idb file seems to be the same size as the folder.jpg file in the same directory.

Is there anyone who can confirm this or provide an explanation of why these files are appearing after 1760 (or > 1754) was installed?

Thanks in advance

ps many of my music folders do not have any .idb files, yet I can still search/sort/access the songs with no difficulty so I am unsure what metadata they are storing.

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