Author Topic: reducing duplicate songs that appear on mulitple albums ?  (Read 1599 times)

Cattack

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New to MusicBee, new to forum. Apologies for any gaffs.

I have searched and couldn't find, so if this has been answered please point to thread.

As we all know, many artists have the exact same song on multiple, I mean MULTIPLE, albums. With MusicBee, can I have just ONE physical copy of that song but it is linked (or tagged) to each of those albums.

IOW, that one physical file of Get Off of My Cloud will play when if I play December's Children or High Tide and Green Grass, or Hot Rocks, etc.

thanks

psychoadept

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This is possible with .asx files, but I can't give you much more info than that.  I think Bee-liever knows the most about using .asx files.
Last Edit: July 17, 2019, 05:14:16 AM by psychoadept
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The 'Duplicates Manager' (Tools>  Manage Duplicates) has an option to 'replace with reference to the kept file'.
This will create an ASX file that you can treat just like an ordinary music file.
Tag it, give it its' own artwork, sort it, whatever...

It's basically a text file that points MB to the file to play, but gives the track a new set of tag info.

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<asx version="3.0">
  <param name="encoding" value="utf-8" />
  <title>MusicBee redirection file</title>
  <entry>
    <ref href="..\..\..\My Music Library\Popular\Standard Releases\J\Jim Reeves\195605-My Lips Are Sealed-45\01 - My Lips Are Sealed.mp3" />
    <title>My Lips Are Sealed</title>
    <author>Jim Reeves</author>
    <param name = "WM/AlbumTitle" value = "The Country Side Of Jim Reeves" />
    <param name = "WM/AlbumArtist" value = "Jim Reeves" />
    <param name = "WM/Year" value = "1962" />
    <param name = "WM/Publisher" value = "RCA Victor" />
    <param name = "WM/Composer" value = "Hal Blair; Ben Weisman; Bill Peppers" />
    <param name = "WM/ContentGroupDescription" value = "Album" />
    <param name = "WM/Genre" value = "Nashville Sound" />
    <param name = "WM/TrackNumber" value = "5/10" />
    <param name = "WM/PartOfSet" value = "1/1" />
    <param name = "Description" value = "RCA Camden CAL/CAS-686" />
    <param name = "Custom 1" value = "Country" />
    <param name = "Custom 2" value = "19620300" />
    <param name = "Custom 3" value = "1956-04-11" />
    <param name = "Custom 8" value = "Producer:Chet Atkins" />
    <param name = "Custom 10" value = "(CD/A) Welcome To My World - Box Set" />
    <param name = "Length" value = "145725" />
    <param name = "Bitrate" value = "224000" />
    <param name = "IsVBR" value = "0" />
    <param name = "FileSize" value = "348020" />
    <param name = "Sample Rate" value = "44100" />
    <param name = "Channels" value = "1" />
    <param name = "Added" value = "2014-09-25 09:37:29" />
    <param name = "Timestamp" value = "2017-02-23 01:35:41" />
    <banner href = ".\Linked Art\The Country Side Of Jim Reeves_Album Cover.jpg">
      <param name = "Item Storage" value = "1" />
      <param name = "Item Type" value = "0" />
    </banner>
  </entry>
</asx>
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Cattack

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Thank you Bee-liever. I'll see how successful I am before asking more questions.