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Musicbee automatically sets the album artist tag based on the artist tag, if the former is empty.  When I do a Custom Search by "album artist," it pulls all albums by that album artist, including when that tag is empty and essentially set to the artist - that is the expected behavior.

However, when I use the Search Field Shortcuts or Set Specific Fields (to Album Artist), those albums where the album artist tag is empty *don't* turn up in the results, even though the artist field matches (and thus the album artist field).  This is not what I would expect, given how Musicbee handles the album artist tag, whether it be for handling displayed fields or custom searching.

Apologies if this isn't a bug but instead a feature request.

Thanks again for this great program.

I use the Custom Search window more frequently than the Search bar.  The Search bar has the ability to choose between Local Node Only (LNO) and Entire Library (EL) searches.  Musicbee's selects LNO or EL based on the active or last tab, and whether it is in a local node or showing all or part of the library (as far as I can tell).

This can create some inconvenience when using the Custom Search window, as a reversion to LNO creates different search results than anticipated, especially if I'm active across multiple tabs.  When that occurs, I  have to close the Custom Search window, go to the drop down menu on the Search bar, and select EL, then Custom Search again.

It would be nice if there was a toggle on the Custom Search window for LNO / EL, akin to what is available in the drop down under the Search bar itself.  Preferably one that would remember the last-used setting rather than switching based on the active or last tab.

MusicBee Wishlist / Library View - More Grouping and Sorting Options
« on: June 18, 2023, 05:59:19 AM »
Hopefully this hasn't been asked and answered before (if so, my apologies, I did search for the topic but didn't see anything responsive - honest!).

In the Library, set to view by Artists, it would be nice to group by virtual tags.  For example, if I have two artists with the same name, I will differentiate them by country (or state(province)/country) using a virtual tag, and then I use a naming template to send them to a distinct folder in my library, Album Artist (Country).  It would be nice to have this same ability to group Artists in the Library View by a virtual tag, as otherwise my Album Artists include a jumble of different album artists that happen to share the same name.

Similarly, under Library, when I click on Album Artist and bring up their albums, it would be nice if I could sort those by custom sorting options rather than just sort by Album, Year (Asc), Year (Des).  For example, I use Year to represent the year that a release was actually released, and I use original year to represent the year that a live recording actually occurred or, in the event of a reissue, the year that the album was originally released.  I would prefer to sort by original year, preferably using a custom tag that I set up that includes original year.

Thanks again for this program - it has been my go-to music player since October 2015!  Can't wait to see what v3.6 brings!

Questions / Sort by Original Year, or Year if not specified
« on: January 26, 2019, 12:31:55 AM »
I am trying to sort albums by Artist, Original Year, and, if Original Year is unspecified, by Year.  The intent is to sort so that live albums are situated at the time that they are originally recorded, rather than the year of release, as well as for reissues.  However, I can't get it to sort by Original Year.

My Custom Sort is Album Artist / Original Year / Year.  When I sort on this basis, it just sorts by Album Artist / Year.

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