Author Topic: New User Impressed, But Confused  (Read 3240 times)

MSWallack

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I'm a new user of MusicBee and I'm impressed at all of the tasks that can be accomplished by the program. That said, I'm having a bit of difficulty figuring out how to accomplish a few things and I'd really appreciate any help (or even point me to the right place to find the answer myself).

1) I've configured MusicBee to show the artwork in the lower left corner (like iTunes); however, the artwork doesn't show for the selected track. The artwork only shows up when I actually play the track. Is there a way to change this behavior so that the artwork displays when the track is selected, not just when played?

2) I've configured the main window to show me the "Sort Album Artist" and "Sort Artist" fields. It appears that all of my tracks have those fields completed, but I know that many do not. When I click to edit tracks, I find that many don't have this information. So, apparently, MusicBee is showing me those fields populated with data from the Album Artist and Artist fields.

a) Is there a way to turn off that behavior so that MusicBee shows fields as blank when they don't yet have data?
b) Is there a way to search for tracks that don't have those fields completed so that I can add the correct data?

Thanks, in advance, for any help!

psychoadept

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1) There should be a bar near the artwork that says "playing track".  Clicking this bar will change to "selected track".

2) a) no, the Sort fields automatically inherit the main values, but b) searching for "Sort <Tag>" ... "has no value" should correctly find only tracks where there is no manually set Sort tag.
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MSWallack

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Oops. Spoke too soon. When I search for Sort Artist or Sort Album Artist and look to match <has no value> no tracks are returned by the search, even though I know that many tracks don't have any data in Sort Artist or Sort Album Artist (and I checked to be sure...).

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You're right, sorry.  I was thinking of Album Artist, which inherits the Artist value when left blank.  I'm not sure about that one, then.  Might be worth requesting on the wishlist.
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