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I had the misfortune of not knowing that McCain had passed away and in December I paid about $170 to get Disc library and a SAVR adapter sent on a two day rush. <sigh> I do feel somewhat bad for the nasty things I was thinking about the deceased when nothing showed up and no one answered any emails. I don't know if I'll be able to get the money back from PayPal, I sure hope so.

I have just ordered a used Slink-E but would still like to find the Disc Library software for the PC.

Does anyone have an idea or suggestion?

BTW, this is my first posting here and I found the forum as i searched for an answer. I'm pretty sure I'll fall into the top 10% of your most obsessed and deranged members since the equipment just keeps piling up here. :ponder:
 

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I was using Music Library for the past few years from a Windows box using a SAVR2 device. The system was quite robust and I enjoyed it a lot. I understand that now Music Library's author, William McCain has, unfortunately passed away.

I wonder if anyone has taken over the code? I would be willing to help out on such a project if anyone can get access to it. If not, I might be willing to work with some people to build a similar system based on the SAVR devices. If you have programming skills and are interested in such a project, please let me know.
 

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Hello,

Dos anybody have a Copy of MCCAINE´s Music Library? He passed away last Year and I have no Idea how to find this. I would like to operate a NSM 3103AC Changer with it.

Thanks

Andreas
 

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I came across this forum via a Google search on how to connect a Sony CDP-CX455 to my PC. That search, fortunately took me to this thread.

Thanks to Dr. McCain's extremely clear explanation on how to do it, I've learned about his Music Lib software and also about SAVR3 and SAVR2 gadgets which enable the physical connection between the jukebox and the PC. For that I am grateful.

Unfortunately, when I reached the last postings on the thread, I've learned that sadly Dr McCains passed away.

I know of no other software that does what his software did on the PC. Also I know of no gadgets other than SAVR3 or SAVR2 that enable connecting the CX455 to the PC.

Now for my questions:

(1) Does anyone out there know where I can find the gadgets or something equivalent?

(2) Does anyone know whether Music Lib has been taken over? Or if there is another software out there?

Thank you very much.
 

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I have been using a SAVR2 and Music Library for a few years, although I have not tried it with my Windows 7 machine. The interface is pretty basic, but it works. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the software.
 

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I Have been using a SAVR2, 3 CDP-CX455 Sony Compact disc players and Music Library Master.

I just finished install it on my new computer with Windows 7.

I'm happy to say: YES it works perfectly!!!!

By the way, I'm using Music Library Master Version 2.5
Does anybody knows about a newest version?
 

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I have been using MusicLib for a number of years, first on XP, then Vista, then Windows 7 and finally Windows 8.

Not sure what I would do without it, except rip 1200 CDs! Dont want to have to do that.

I bought version 2.5 in mid 2011. I think that is the latest one.

I searched for the maker of the SAVR3 (Black Box Designs) but no joy. They seem to be gone. Perhaps it can be reverse engineered? Trolling eBay might produce one eventually. Seems like everything I own came from eBay.

I do have a copy of the software. But I am not sure if it is correct to give it out, since it WAS Dr. McCain's product.

By the way, the driver for the serial to usb converter needed is available on the Staples web-site. Compatible with Windows 8.
 

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I purchased McCain's Music Library several years ago. I'm using it with 4 Sony CD changers (1600 CDs). I need to move the application to a new computer but I've lost the setup files. Can anyone help me solve this problem?
 

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I also purchased a license to Music Library back in 2005 and corresponded with Bill McCain for several years about development possibilities. The product worked flawlessly to control four 400-CD Sony changers for several years, including remote operations. It's quite a unique product for its mix of capabilities.

If this forum allows discussion of sharing software that appears no longer to be a commercial entity, I am happy to assist former license holders in recovering the product. Licensed users of Music Library (who have their registered User Names and license codes) can contact me at

ccj <at> ccjones <dot> com

to discuss recovering a copy of the software.

I should mention that after a recent move, I am having difficulty getting the software to work, even though I have essentially replicated my previous setup with a SAVR2 and the four changers. The single exception is the addition of a 10-meter repeater USB 2 cord between the computer and the Belkin USB-to-serial adapter that used to work perfectly to connect the SAVR2 to the computer.

When I attempt to start Music Library Master, all I see is a blank panel that reads "Message log started on Oct 16, 2014 at 4:05:30 PM", but the program never fully loads. I suspect that the new repeater cord is causing the problem, but I can see that the computer detects the Belkin adapter that's connected to the cable and the SAVR2, yet the SAVR2 is not responding to the application, so it just sits there waiting for information from the SAVR2 that it's connected to the four changers.

I'll appreciate any suggestions from current Music Library (2.5) users on approaches to resolve my setup issue.

Thanks,

CCJ
 

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I've used the Music Library for several years with a variety of Mac laptops, most recently a MacBook Air.
Sadly, my SAVR2 Adapter has died - it's firmware crashed, which has happened in the past and produces symptoms similar to those described in this thread - and I haven't been able to find a source for a replacement.

Does anyone know where to buy a new SAVR2?

Does any know any other way to control a Sony CDP-CX355 changer with the Music Library?

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!
 

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Hi,

I have been using Music Library for some years with an SAVR and a Sony 400 CD changer. I still have it running on XP but desperately need to upgrade it to Windows 7. However, I can't seem to find the original installation and without that I cannot reinstall ML. I should be grateful if you could email me a copy of the software. I am sure that I can find some method of proving that I originally paid for even if it is just an email from Bill. Thanks hopefully.

Tel
 

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I just thought that I would post an update for anyone else trying to retain their CD jukeboxes and control them using Bill McCain's Music Library.

I got forced to upgrade my music player computer to Windows 7 last year because most software upgrades were unable to be installed on XP. After a lot of messing I finally managed to get ML to work under Windows 7. The key things are:

ML does not work with later versions of Java than JRE7 so you need to install JRE7 which can comfortably sit alongside the latest version.
Install ML as normal but edit the shortcut so that it calls JRE7 rather than the latest version.
Then go to compatibility and select compatibility mode for Windows XP.

Low and behold ML now works perfectly under Windows 7.

That was all last year. Since then I have setup Plex Media Server to control all my media. I won't go into all the detail but essentially there are too many bugs in the Plex player under Windows 7 32 bit to the extent that it constantly loses the player as a cast device and can't find it again. So I upgraded to Windows 10 on a 64 bit machine where there is a specific app to play media. I ripped all my CDs (time consuming!) and now mainly use Plex to play my music. However, Plex does not support gapless playback which is really annoying with many albums, particularly nearly all Pink Floyd albums. Do I tried to setup ML exactly as before to play the original CDs.

Unfortunately Windows 10 64 bit does not support a compatibility mode for XP, Vista is the oldest it supports and I could not get ML to run in Vista compatibility mode. After much searching I eventually accepted that I would need to install a Windows XP virtual machine under Windows 10 and run ML in that.

I installed VMware for the virtual machine, XP underneath it (make sure it is SP3), JRE7 in the XP Virtual Machine and allocated the serial device for the SAVR to the VM. Hey presto it all works. Additionally there is Unity mode in VMware so that when you have installed all this and set Unity mode you can run ML just as if it is an app under Windows 10.

I just thought it might be useful to someone if I shared this. I am happy to provide further info for anyone who needs it, just PM me.
 

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Hello, dear tel19, I am from Germany and have a NSM 3101 CD-Changer, which is supported by William Mc Cains software "Music Library 2.5". I cannot get this software anywere, because Mr. Mc Caine passed away and it seems that nobody is there to continue his business. Are you able to send me a copy of "Music Library 2.5", I would like to pay for your trouble you would have with such a copy for me. You will make me very happy if you do this for me! My English is not very perfect, please forgive me for that.
Greetings from Germany
 

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Hello together, is anyone out there who is willing to sell Mr. Mc Cains music library 2.5 for XP to me. I would be very happy if somebody will do!
 
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