I was wondering how much would it take, with library turned off. So I checked
Same here. Without the database enabled, foobar is extremely quick to start up. However, I like having a searchable database within my audio players.
Trout was 8MB empty, and 20MB with all files loaded as playlist.
How many files?
I tried to drag&drop files to trout, and it failed for the first time. It shown me an icon with plus sign, when I hovered the gray menu zone, but after I dropped it there it didn't add them to the playlist. So I tried second time but dropped files to the playlist zone, and it started to add them.
Correct, you need to drop onto the playlist.
It is nice, that I could play music that was already loaded while the files were in the queue. But list kept jumping to the beginning while loading and that was bit annoying.
I wondered what would happen, if I exit program, while still loading files. So I closed and reopened trout. And there were only those files, that were already read before exiting.
This is normal behaviour. When you drop files onto Trout, it has to read the files' tags to be able to populate the list. So, if you close down Trout while it's scanning through the dropped files, it a) doesn't have a chance to read them all and b) doesn't have a chance to save the playlist when it's done scanning.
After I read all the files from disk to playlist, and then reopened program. It took about 3 seconds to open. So it seems slower than foobar with library.
It took lots of time opening them for the first time, probably the same as foobar importing files to the library for the first time.
Trout's opening speed will depend on how many files are in the list. I rarely keep more than 30 or 40 items in my playlist.
I've been working on a database functionality within Trout that has file/tag searching and Shoutcast/Icecast browsing. It's not nearly as slick as foobar's auto-updating database but it uses one HELLUVA lot less RAM. For instance, with my database of 87,000 tracks loaded
, Trout uses 32 megs of RAM (with an empty playlist). The tag searching is of the find-as-you-type type and is pretty darn fast (if I may be so bold). Here are some screenshots:
Note the search time in the status bar of the first screenshot.