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MusicBee Wishlist / Managing Duplicates
« on: June 22, 2016, 02:49:34 PM »
Apologies if this has already been mentioned, my wish would be to have the manage duplicates output in the main panel rather than a pop up. It is hard to know what information you have added to the tags of a track and as to which copy you want to keep. Unless I am missing something and not doing it right.

Have found this program very useful compared to other alternatives

I have a virtual column set to display title ignoring lead words or characters. This allows me to work through my tracks and pick out duplicates where there has been a spelling error or use of characters such as "A" "The" "()" etc. This works superb for my needs with the exception that MB adds a comma when it places the ignored word at the end. If I have a number of tracks that have the same start word such as Star this can get separated from a tack that is The Star or A Star if there or there are a number of tracks starting with Star followed by a space, as it treats the comma as a character. The comma cannot be set to be ignored in the Tag customizing, or I am doing it wrong.

I know I my be out on my own for using the Track name in the Column browser and have had discussions around this previously, all I can say it works for me and was one of the things I used in MM.

Any suggestions on either stopping the comma being inserted or using a character that can be ignored


Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 16, 2016, 01:23:05 PM »
Hi it's me again

Used the formula as recommended by pyscoadept and that works and I have also been able to eliminate brackets at the front of titles, but the program behave strangely after I have deleted or edited an entry in the Title field.

Sometimes it will duplicate lines in the virtual tag listing i.e. 2 of the same song title when there is only one song and sometimes it shows the entry previous to the one I have highlighted as per screen shot

Any thoughts?

Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 16, 2016, 11:39:56 AM »
As pointed out I am new to MB and just getting in to ways of working. The reason for highlighting then in the Set Display column area is then I just have the titles I am dealing with. If I put then together in the title field I could have many songs in between where the spelling was wrong or a punctuation put in the wrong place. Control and clicking them in the Set Display area means I have a clear view of the titles I am dealing with in the titles field, I can further control And click for the ones I want to edit or remove.

MB appealed to me as it ignore "the" prefix in title as well as in the artist name, invaluable for groups, plus it's speed. I am going to give the the sort formula a go and see what the results are

Do not mind putting work in to something if you can get it to do what I want. I use Calibre for my e-book collection and that again allows so much customization and I want to be able to do the same in MB

Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 14, 2016, 03:36:08 PM »
Agree that it should be present, just that when reviewing my collection of old songs I am finding some of the same song titles have the prefix and some do not. I spent quite a time working through my collection in MM eliminating duplicates created by spelling errors and punctuation marks in different places, I then found that some had the prefix and I had to start over again, but because most were at the opposite end of the alphabet it was time consuming to jump back and forth to highlight all the titles using the control + click method.

Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 14, 2016, 01:51:13 PM »

thanks for that I am just going to have to accept that MB is more configurable but not as intuitive as MM, which I have used for the last 6 months without referring to an help sheet.  I tried as best I could to explain from what i could see in front of me from my little knowledge of MB, sorry if it was not clear and I appreciate the time users on the forum give in helping and the amount of work the developer as put in to this program

Even things like doing what you say with virtual tags is not easy to follow from the wiki pages as I had to search virtual tags and when I got the article I had to search where preferences>tags(1) was located. when edit>preferences>Tags(1) would have taken me to it without the second search. I realize that most of the wiki pages are written by enthusiasts who like to try out and push programs to their ultimate, but my interest is getting my music collection sorted in the quickest way.

Right having said that I have now got the virtual tag showing the titles, but unlike the display in the fields it does not ignore the word "The" like the fields does, is there anything I can put in to the virtual tag that would perform like the title field.

Thank once again

Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 14, 2016, 11:36:01 AM »

That is exactly what I was saying, In media monkey this is available and i can see a list of titles and spot where there may have been a typing or punctuation error as I see a list of songs in alphabetical order and can see titles beginning with the same words or letters, which helps if I have created duplicates. I can then select those multiple songs and choose the best conversion and edit the group of songs, which may be by different artists to standardize the title. I collect a lot of recordings from the 20/30/40/50's which in a lot of cases have been converted from discs.

I liked MB as it is faster than MM, but this facility has helped me a lot in sorting my collection. Will probably carry on doing that function in MM and use MB for other things. I have done a screen shot from MM as an example

Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 13, 2016, 03:41:17 PM »
Hope this works

Questions / Re: Set Displayed Column
« on: April 13, 2016, 02:32:29 PM »
The title column is there in the listing, it is the set column displayed at the top were you have up to six options that allow filtering - i.e. I want to filter on titles. Not sure how to submit a screen shot in this forum pasting does not appear to work or I am using the wrong method. I am using the windows classic skin


Questions / Set Displayed Column
« on: April 13, 2016, 12:45:35 PM »
I am new to MB and have previously used MM, I am trying to set column display to be able to filer on title, the same way as I do in MM. The reason being I have many of the same songs by different artists and want to choose my preference. Title does not seem to be an option with right clicking and set displayed columns. I am just missing it or is it not an option or is there a work round?


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