In my prior Questions post, I had some shared interest in this. I will flesh out the details below.
I (as many others have) have Boxsets in our libraries. A very large amount of these Boxsets contain tracks of complete Albums/LPs that were released as such in their time of original release.
As fantastic and as marvelous the conception of the Boxset is, one outstanding caveat is the lack of ability to separate the tracks into their respective Albums/LPs and relish in the euphoria derived from procuring the most shinyiest, pristine, Highest dpi Jpeg image google images has to offer and embedding those beautiful pixels into symphonic files while wishing the cat writing this post will put down his thesaurus- which for the sake of my fellow members- I will now do so.
ID3 tags- although for %artist% do not allow ; separators to tag multiple albums- and I'm assuming most lossless formats don't include that either.
My solution: Virtual Albums
To put in laments terms,
to have a Virtual tag within MB when upon used, creates something similar to a playlist that looks exactly like an album, displays the tracks with all their details and Sub-Headers (minus %album%- or with an option to do so if you want to be able to keep track of the source album(s) of the Virtual albums)
You would be then able to Paste Artwork into the virtual album without embedding it into the actual files.
Or.. vice versa, create virtual albums of each Record Label or group- or whatever your 'boxset' consists of.
I , on a side note are am trying to choose a Id3 tag to designate as 'Record Label'- combine that with custom sorting- and the possibilities are endless.
Creating Virtual Albums:
Add a 'Virtual Album' window in Tags/(2) for inputting a virtual album name thus creating a Album Cover of that name with Virtual Album name and a blank thumbnail of which you can paste artwork into without embedding into the files.
-Way to drag/reorder tracks (still include subheader features)
Possible Caveats I'm aware of:
Pulling tracks from multiple albums will show oddly mixed track numbers, apart from that aesthetic disadvantage- songs added to virtual albums will need to be added in your album preferred order manually similar to creating playlists
In a previous Post
I have expressed my passionate wish for the ability to hide track numbers displayed down the left hand side and possibly display another tag in it's place as in my linked post above (while still being able maintain my love affair with "Display Columns as single list')
-virtual album tags for like Year that are treated just like actual tags etc so sorting groups can sort them together with the same manner as saved id3/other tags
Would editing tags/file name contained in the music files break the ability for the Virtual album to locate the file- I assume filename/path and not tag changes would cause those issues.
>Backup And Restore
All Virtual Album configurations will need to be included if moving your config to another PC etc
> Distinguish Virtual Albums from Actual Albums
Some form of optional symbol/markers to help keep track of which Albums are virtual and those that are genuine %album%(s).
Please feel free to add to this in the comments- I may edit this with other additions aswell