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Links to the RoboDJ User Manual files are shown at the left.

General Hints

First Use

When you first start RoboDJ the database will scan all the hard drives, network drives, and memory sticks (thumb drives) attached to your computer, picking out MP3, WMA, and iTunes M4A files.  It will add the tags for these files to its database, RoboDJ2.dbx, and then create an initial play list called "> All Hit Music", which will start playing immediately as soon as the scanning is finished.  This is the default playlist, which will be scheduled for to start at midnight 7 days a week.  This playlist contains the songs that were found to be in the top 30 in radio airplay and/or sales at the time of release.  The playlist is set up to play 3 cuts from the most popular decade among the songs you have, then 2 cuts of the next 2 most popular decades, then 1 cut each from the next 2 most popular decades of popular music.  The cycle then repeats.  RoboDJ marks songs as played and will not replay them for the duration set in the Setup Tab.  By default, all Top 30 hits are flagged as 5, and will play more often than lesser-known songs. 

All Hit Music

As said above, the All Hit Music format is very special because it is built based on the decades of the music RoboDJ found on your computer.  If the 1990s was your big decade, you will find more 1990s songs in play on this playlist.  If the 1970s were your big decade, you'll find more songs played from that era.  Of course, like any other RoboDJ format, All Hit Music can be customized, and any kind of new format can be created.

Subsequent Use

Whenever you start RoboDJ, it will look for the playlist for the current format according to the Schedule.  You may change the schedule at any time.  Note that when you set up a schedule, you can impose a starting time, but not an ending time.  The format will continue until the next format is scheduled, or it will reset to the default format at 12:00 midnight. 

Subsequent Scan

We encourage you to add as many song files to RoboDJ as you possibly can.  It has been tested with 40,000 song files, and has continued to operate flawlessly.  Scanning time for 40,000 files is typically about 50 minutes.  When you add additional songs or additional drives to your computer, go to the Setup Tab and click the Scan New Songs button to add those new songs to the RoboDJ database.


Troubleshooting Hints

  • Speed and Size: When you click the "Optimize and Backup" button on the Setup Tab, you shrink the size of the RoboDJ database and make a backup copy of it.  This helps RoboDJ to run faster and makes sure that you have an emergency backup copy of the database.
  • Corrupted Database: The RoboDJ database name is RoboDJ2.dbx and the backup is called RoboDJ2-bak.dbx.  It is located in the same folder as the RoboDJ main program, usually in a folder called Program Files.  Should the database become corrupted and unusable, simply shut down RoboDJ, delete the RoboDJ2.dbx file and rename the RoboDJ2-bak.dbx file as RoboDJ2.dbx.  Then restart RoboDJ.
  • Starting Times: The starting times for future songs may not be accurate the first time M4A (AAC) songs are played because we have been unable to get consistently correct duration info for those songs.  However, RoboDJ will save the duration info after the song plays, so the next time it plays the duration will be correct.
  • Invalid Password:  If you see an "Invalid Password" error message when starting RoboDJ, it is because the current database RoboDJ2.dbx, does not match the version of RoboDJ you're using.  You'll have to contact us to resolve this.  This should not happen unless you are trying to hack the database. 
  • Copy Protected Songs:  Occasionally, a message box will appear, telling you that you either don't have digital rights to a song, or asking you to click in the box to register the song.  This happens in WMA files.  RoboDJ is unable to distinguish between copy-protected and non-copy-protected WMA files, so it is best to remove them or remove the DRM feature from those files.


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Last modified: 04/23/13