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I think the OP is referring to the grouping headers on the left here (not the <Artist> column).

Right click on the space to the left of your A-Z jump bar - this will open the panel header menu.
Select 'Group By' and then either:
1. Turn Off Grouping
2. Choose a different 'Group By' field - I think you currently have it set to <Artist>. From your image, <Album> may be more suitable.

After doing this, you may find that you will have to go back into the panel header menu and reset the 'Sort By' setting to suit (again, probably <Album> or maybe <Album Artist>/<Album> if your files are correctly tagged with <Album Artist>))

Questions / Re: Add Artist Tab
« on: May 25, 2024, 08:26:50 PM »
Yes, you will need to find your own icons for this:
Have a look through this board.
Or here's a website I have used occasionally: Phosphor Icons.

(I'm sure there are lots of other sources)

You should save any you want to use in your MusicBee\Icons\ folder

Questions / Re: Add Artist Tab
« on: May 25, 2024, 08:04:09 PM »
I'd like to replace the icon on my tab (the music note)
Right click on the tab header > Select Tab Icon
(To enable this option you will need to 'pin' the tab first):

and have the round artist image, like on your screenshots.
Edit Preferences > Layout (1) > Artist Pictures: Crop To A Circle:

Questions / Re: Is there a way to resize the tab bar? ss
« on: May 25, 2024, 07:53:55 AM »
Hi wallflower and welcome to the forum,

It sounds like you are creating a tab for each artist - as you have found you will soon run out of space doing this.

MusicBee provides many ways to set up and browse your library (far too many for me to go into all of them). You might like to spend a little time reading the wiki, for example:
The Anatomy of MusicBee
Navigation Elements

I think that you probably want to look at using the Thumbnail Browser but it is not quite clear (to me) what you are trying to do.

Questions / Re: Relinking Podcasts files
« on: May 21, 2024, 08:12:48 PM »
Podcasts are treated separately from music files and the default is to store them in your MusicBee library folder. They are organised in line with the setting in Preferences > Library. It looks like you have changed the default location at some point.

If I understand where you are currently, your situation is that your podcast subscriptions are all present and the podcasts episodes are all playing correctly but are located in your old location - check this location for the podcast audio files and the Subscriptions.dat and Subscriptions.bak files.

If this is correct and the files are present, next delete any files you may have in the new podcast folder (you may want to back them up somewhere but we are doing this so that there are no errors caused by duplicating files - I think it is only the duplication of Subscriptions.dat that will cause an error).

Edit Preferences > Library > Podcasts section - Reorganise (button)

Set the 'To Folder' to your new location and Reorganise.

The playcounts (along with any other data not written to the audio files) are stored in the .mbl file which is the main MusicBee database file.
This is a proprietary format which you can only access through the MusicBee program interface.

When it comes to backing up, you will want to back up more than just this file. There is some good information here on the Wiki.

I will also support Phred in his championing of the portable version - you will only need to back up the one MusicBee installation folder, plus your audio files. This can then be copied back to restore a current installation or copied across to a new PC when upgrading - makes it all a doddle.

Questions / Re: Help with the year field
« on: May 16, 2024, 10:33:16 PM »
I think Mayibongwe meant:
which will give you the year only, but I do agree with MotleyG that it would probably be better to correct the underlying data in the <Year> field.

What does surprise me is that you say the <Year (yyyy)> field didn't work - it seems to work very well as seen here:

The only ones failing here are the text ones (and I've never actually seen this, I was just testing). I would expect that all the ones in your image should work.

One other question - what file format are your tracks ?  If they are mp3 then a file rescan should reset the <Year> field to your system short date format (but this only works for mp3).
Here is the same list after a file rescan:

Questions / Re: Library views changing across all my libraries
« on: May 16, 2024, 10:11:04 PM »
I don't think that you can assign different views to different libraries.

Have a look at using Library Filters instead of different libraries. You can assign each filter to a different tab and configure each tab however you like.

Questions / Re: No edit popup, can't edit metadata
« on: May 16, 2024, 09:57:28 PM »
Try opening the Edit window using the keyboard (SHIFT + ENTER) on a selected track

... don't hold out much hope as been no activity for 6 months.
Maybe, but there's no harm in trying.

My only other suggestion would be to consider splitting your Various Artists album into smaller groups by setting different Album Artists such as Various Artists - Blues, Various Artists - Jazz, Various Artists - Soundtracks etc. (or whatever groupings suit you). I can't think of any other problems this might cause (disclaimer: that doesn't mean there isn't any).

Questions / Re: Incorrect front cover album art
« on: May 14, 2024, 07:47:04 PM »
Welcome to the forum jsemenak,

This is not that strange a problem - it crops up fairly regularly with new users and I remember being confused by it initially as well.

Have a look in this topic - there are some useful links in the second post which should help you out.

Hi black_rider88,

As you are sorting by Album Artist / Year / Album, my guess is that there is a difference in the <Year> data which is causing your albums to split. The <Album Artist> and <Album> fields look identical but the displayed value for <Year> can be a little more complex due to the ways different file formats store the data in their tags.

Right click on the stray track and select Edit - check the data stored in the <Year> field
Repeat with one (or more) of the tracks that are grouped and compare.

I'm not certain what you are referring to here - a screenshot might be useful.
However, my guess is that you might like to support this request.

(and that's a lot of Various Artist albums!)

I use this function quite a lot and have not seen any problems with it.

Could you explain the problem some more - maybe with a screenshot of your MB window when it is 'not working'.

Also, be sure you aren't hitting the "Pause" button instead of "Stop"--"Pause" will not drop Exclusive mode.  Some MB skins do not have a separate "Stop" button, be sure yours does.
If you're using a skin that only displays a Pause button, holding the Shift key when clicking it will instead perform a Stop operation.
I can't remember if it's skin-specific - I think it should work with any of them.
Or you can use a hotkey - I believe CTRL+S is the default for Stop.

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