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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ScottChapman, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    I have a Droid running 2.0.1

    And I had thought that the Quick Search Box could also locate my music.

    But it doesn't. Am I missing something?

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  2. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Go to Settings > Search > Searchable Item. Make sure "Music" is checked ... and any others. I have them all checked but Google Sky Map (probably need the app installed for this option).
  3. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    Doesn't work for me.

    I have lots (>5k) tracks. I have tried entering in the complete name for either an artist, album, or a specific track, and nothing... Just web searches (and weatherbug finding the first few towns in Brazil, probably should just turn that one off).
  4. deftdrummer

    deftdrummer Android Enthusiast

    What I find myself doing frequently is just opening the music app and hitting the search key. That way at least you know you are only searching music so its a bit quicker and more organized. I also use an app called TalkToMe Keyboard, which enables me to use the built in Google voice engine for any kind of text input. I use this for long band names such as "As I Lay Dying" because there are too many "As" and "dying" keywords in my library to make for a useful search. Much better to just say it, especially while driving - even with Pandora!
  5. pinesal

    pinesal Well-Known Member

    Music is usually at the end of the search results, it will say something like 3 Music results and you touch i to see the results.
  6. deftdrummer

    deftdrummer Android Enthusiast

    And then cry that it isn't organized a little more effeciently. I guess there isn't much of an efficient method for searching through 5,000 songs on a phone though...
  7. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    Yep. I see that entry at the end, but it only tells me about YouTube and Weatherbug matches (which are also checked). Never shows me any of my music.

    Of course I do know I can search for music from within the music app, but the point of the unified google search is that it is supposed to find stuff on my phone, and I have explicitely told it to include my music in the results and it is not...

    Just want to see if there is any other trick...
  8. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    OK. So, I think I know why no music is showing up in the QSB. I can't seem to search my music at all... It just hangs...

    I wonder if I have too much music on it. Maybe it wasn't designed for a very large library?
  9. tclark333

    tclark333 Lurker

    I have the same problem and I also have a large library of songs (roughly 1000). Hopefully this will be fixed in an update.
  10. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    I was able to get it working properly with much more than 1000 songs.

    What you need to do is make sure that it has updated the indexes, do this by clicking on "Artists" or "Albums" from the main page. You should see a spinning circle in the top right while it is indexing. Once it stops try searching.

    I was not able to get it to work with >7500 tracks, might just be that it runs out of memory, since I tried splitting my music in half (3500 tracks each) and both sets worked fine...
  11. tclark333

    tclark333 Lurker

    That didn't seem to be the case for me. I clicked on both "Artists" and "Albums" and it seemed that everything was already indexed - no spinning circle.
  12. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    And you weren't able to search? What happens when you try?

    When I do, I enter the text, if I pause and wait a few seconds before completing it, I will see a list of matches while the keyboard is still up. Otherwise I complete it, and I get a black screen with my search criteria at the bottom, and then after a few seconds I get the results.

    If that indeed doesn't work for you, I would try what I did, remove your music, and add it back in chunks; maybe there is some improperly tagged songs?
  13. tclark333

    tclark333 Lurker

    Ok, I tried that and maybe it is working - just not how I thought it would. I've been entering a word and pressing the search key, which just takes me to a Google search results screen.

    But going by your instructions, I entered the word and didn't hit the search button. Instead, there is a list of suggested search items below. If I scroll all the way down that list, I see another option - More Results. If I expand that, it shows me the matches I have in my music collection.

    That works for me - I'll just have to remember not to actually hit the search key.

    Thanks for the help!
  14. ScottChapman

    ScottChapman Newbie
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    Right, that's how it should work if you are using the search outside of the context of the music app.

    If you are in the music app, either selecting search from the setting soft key at the bottom, or when you hit the search soft key at them bottom when you are in the application home page (where you see the four big buttons for Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Playlists (if I am not mistaken).

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