Author Topic: Music Explorer: Separate Main Albums from Appears On Albums  (Read 1275 times)

:finalsound:

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does this version work better?
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee34_Patched.zip

Thanks for the reply Steven. I can't see any differences myself

EDIT: I should clarify I'm talking about the most recent posts on this topic regarding collaborations between two artists in the album artist tab causing normal albums by an artist to be put in the appears onn section, not the addition of the appears on section itself

My first post with a little problem ... My Music Explorer is sorted by artist. With 2 (or more) artists the, album artist is "Artist 1 & Artist 2" and so on. Under Artist I use the "Multiple Artist Splitter" (// ).
Since this update I have unknown fields under the Appears On field. These unknowns only appear if the artist is also represented on a compilation (iTunes Compilation Flag, VA) and "Multiple Artist". Everything is fine with multiple Artist without a compilation or artists without a "Multiple Artist" and compilation... With "Multiple Artist" and compilation now I have 4 fields with:

1: Appears On - Compilation
2: Unkown - Artist 1 & Artist 2
3. Appears On -Compilation
4. Unkown - Artist 1 & Artist 2.

https://i.imgur.com/8qMYNP8.jpg


Now my question and my wish. Where do these unknown fields come from? Is it possible to separate "normal" albums and compilations?

Thanks

Goblet

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i wont be able to help further with this

It's a bit disappointing to hear this but I understand. Hopefully you reconsider in the future as I have to imagine this'll be more of a widespread issue than it seems. I really like the idea behind it for features and such, but it lumps collaborations into the same category which is a bit off in my opinion. My library is unusual in that it's dominated by score albums where collaborations are more common (meaning this crops up constantly for nearly every single one of my artists), but scores aren't a niche type of music as it stands. Cheers for the reply regardless.

Steven

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Since this update I have unknown fields under the Appears On field. These unknowns only appear if the artist is also represented on a compilation (iTunes Compilation Flag, VA) and "Multiple Artist". Everything is fine with multiple Artist without a compilation or artists without a "Multiple Artist" and compilation... With "Multiple Artist" and compilation now I have 4 fields with:
can you send me a link to your settings file (help/ support/ view settings)

edit:
actually i can see an inconsistency in the sorting that may be causing this issue for you. Could you try this version:

https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee34_Patched.zip
unzip and replace the existing musicbee application files
Last Edit: September 06, 2020, 10:31:30 AM by Steven

:finalsound:

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Hello Steven, thanks for the quick response. With the new patch the problem is solved. Thank you very much ... have a nice week.

Goblet

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I figured it's intentional so I just wanted to say thank you Steven for making the Music Explorer's appear on section split the multiple album artists correctly. It really makes a huge difference. Your dedication to MusicBee is just awesome and it's by far one of my most used programs.

I wanted to ask if you could possibly take into consideration how this section handles custom sort values? I have a couple artists in my library that've changed their performing name, and whilst I use the custom sorting option to redirect the artist's name and merge their discography fine, any album that doesn't match the merged name will go down into the appears on section.

I may be explaining it incorrectly so I'll add some screenshots and give an example. Composer Junkie XL has been going by his real name, Tom Holkenborg, more recently. As a result I use the multiple artist splitter / custom sort values to sort Junkie XL as Tom Holkenborg. This works perfectly for everything outside of the appears on section, as whilst it'll recognise the individual tracks as ones he's worked on, it won't match to the album artist.


https://i.imgur.com/YCdQoW6.png
https://i.imgur.com/h6w4Jbt.png

Just wanted to float it, no big deal if you can't. It's a pretty minor issue and quite rare I have to imagine.