Author Topic: Grouping by multiple fields  (Read 2067 times)

Will Pittenger

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I'd like to have two levels of grouping in the music library.  The first level would be "Album Artist" with "Album Title" below that.  That'd keep tracks from different artists whose albums just happen to have the same name separate.  As is, I tried to create a custom sort field with that combination and group by it.  But the result is that it groups by the Album Artist only.  That's wrong.
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If your top level of grouping/sorting is album artist, how are albums by different artists, even with the same name, being combined?
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The album title is simply ignored.
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I think it would be helpful to have screenshots.  What view are you using?
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Will Pittenger

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The artist Michael W. Smith has two albums in it.  "Sort Album Artist" isn't the same as the "Album Artist" field.  It's the custom field I mentioned that combines "Album Artist" with "Album Title". 
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This image shows the definition of that custom field.

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Sort Album Artist is a special field with unique handling, as explained here: http://musicbee.wikia.com/wiki/Using_Sort_Order


I think what you really want is a virtual tag, something like <Album Artist> - <Album>.  Then you can group by that.
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Better, although I'd rather see true multi-level grouping.  Think of it listing a group called "Michael W. Smith" with groups called "Live the Life" and "Healing Rain" inside that.
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You might prefer to use album & tracks view, then.  If you don'tlike the large album art, there are ways around it.  But you'll have the ability to use left & right headers and the subheaders
Last Edit: February 21, 2017, 07:24:49 PM by psychoadept
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