copy them from “/data/playlist” to a backup location. After installation copy them back. Make sure if your audio resist on a NAS of attached disk, that the paths are identical. Otherwise the playlists fails.
Er no. (90% of the plugins are NOT available. Honestly Volumio has been a pain in the butt for the last few years. Half the time I have to do a bunch of somersaults and bow to the mecca to get hardware volume control to work on HifiBerry HD after an update. There must be better alternative.
Try finding the plugin that allows display ob the RPi touch screen.
It’s a pity that you had a bad experience but a few thoughts come to mind:
• Upgrading is completely optional
• Most major version releases include a few ‘hiccups’ - it is usually advisable to wait for a few updates to get a really stable upgrade experience (that goes for absolutely all software)
• There were plenty of posts in this forum about the plugins - they are not maintained by Volumio but are third party add-ons and out of Volumio’s control
• I agree that it would be nice to maintain as many settings as possible when upgrading, including wi-fi settings, network sources, favourite radio stations and playlists. This seems like something which could be improved in future.
• If you find something out there which is better than Volumio then that’s great but I doubt anything better is available, at least for now
Upgrade is completely optional - nice way of starting it! Like, did not you know, you fool, you …
When I automatically upgraded my Denon 4700 receiver there were no hiccups that I could ever see or think of. Cambridge cxn v2 went through several automatic updates/upgrades after I bought it - no issues either. Same as Matrix Element X, although I do not like their app, and I never use it. With volumio 3 it is a completely different experience, there are so many things that are broken that it is almost unusable. Truth be told I start thinking of it as a typical bloatware rather than an upgrade, and there is - sadly - almost no way of getting out of it, i.e. going back to v2 - seriously, ain’t that great!