Volumio has been my player for years, but enough bugs have creeped into newer versions that I went looking elsewhere for a more reliable MPD. At this point I’m happier with the other player, but I just wanted to point out the issues that convinced me to jump ship.
-Poor community support. I have posted a few different issues over the years and they have received bupkis in the way of attention. In all fairness the issues I pointed out were trivial, but later when I had more serious issues I didn’t bother posting because I had never received any response to my earlier posts.
-Advanced features locked behind a pay gate. Hopefully the forced subscription model is paying better then the voluntary donation model because it really has alienated a lot of would be Volumio users. One thing I have seen people in disbelief about is that you have to pay to get BT support in Volumio when the two other major MPD programs offer this feature for free. Same thing with web radio.
-The Volumio 3 interface is not a step up IMO. The other two MPD programs have deviated from the Volumio interface a lot and I like the advanced features that have been added like swiping on touchscreen devices, useful error messages that don’t disappear after 2 seconds, and more direct access to your music library.
-Bugs, bugs, bugs! Overall Volumio has gotten more stable over the years, but some annoying bugs have creeped in. I don’t have a very advanced setup, so these are just the ones I know about.
The player screen and the queue shows that it is playing the next track, not the track actually being played.
Trouble with higher resolution files. Best case scenario I get a little hiccup at the beginning of the track. Plays for a split second, small pause, starts playing again. Worst case scenario I get a huge amount of static and my DAC freaks out flickering between several different bit rates. The workaround seems to be rebooting or playing a 16/44 track for a few seconds and then switching back. Neither solution works 100% of the time and neither solution stops it from happening again. I have had this issue with at least 3 DACs, but not the other two MPDs.
Randomly plays the same tracks multiple times. Sometimes gets stuck in repeat loops even though no repeat modes are selected. Sometimes resolves after restarting an album, sometimes requires a reboot.
Access to the web interface randomly drops. Pretty much every time I unlock my phone the web interface take 5-10 seconds to come back. Every now and then I can get it to come up for 5-10 minutes. Sometimes right in the middle of using it. Every now and then it is gone forever until I reboot.
Will check back from time to time to see if Volumio has gotten any better, but for now its no longer my daily driver.