Author Topic: 1 to 1 File Explorer Library Organization to MusicBee  (Read 2773 times)

CamelHouse7

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I spend time carefully organizing my music files in my File Explorer and have them organized in a very specific way. Whenever I scan my library and import my files, MusicBee completely disregards how I have my music organized in my files and reorganizes all of my music. All I would like to do is copy exactly how my music is laid out in my file explorer to MusicBee. I've looked at a few pages on the wiki and scanned through a dozen or so pages in Questions here and have yet to find an answer. How can I do this?

hiccup

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What music player were you using that accommodated the file/folder system you have carefully created over time to your satisfaction?

And, while scanning dozens of pages in 'Questions' here, didn't you stumble upon some very recent discussions related to explaining that MusicBee is not a folder player?

Do you also happen to reject using tags/metadata?
Last Edit: May 22, 2021, 10:33:36 PM by hiccup

Corliss Rain

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Got to Edit Preferences>Library and under Music Library, make sure "auto-organize all files" is not checked. That should prevent MB from moving the files.

cdkopertje

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I think he means that is file structure is not the structure in MB. This is because MB uses tags and not the location of the file.
Could be helpful if there was an easy way to get the file structure into the tags. I don't know, but maybe someone does.  8)

frankz

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If you set Edit-Edit Preferences->Sorting/Grouping...gouping to "files for each album are organized in their own folder," it will recognize album folders regardless of the tags. 

If OP means that MB is moving the files, then Corliss Rain's answer is the correct one.

But if OP means that MB is just not showing the album as an album, then this will solve it.

I feel like "MB IS NOT A FOLDER PLAYER" should be a sub-title to the forum at this point.  If you don't want to tag your files properly, then it will be A LOT of work to make MB show your files the way you want it to.  Seriously, if you don't want to maintain a library, MB is NOT THE RIGHT TOOL FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

hiccup

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Could be helpful if there was an easy way to get the file structure into the tags. I don't know, but maybe someone does.  8)

Actually, many people know how to do that.
I am pretty sure a lot of MusicBee users are doing it using software tools such as:
Picard, Tag&Rename, mp3tag, Tagscanner, etc.

These tools are very capable and specialised in preparing newly acquired files, including adding basic and/or more advanced tags, and renaming the files and folders to be consistent.
That is just not one of MusicBee's strong points, and it's pretty much Le raison d'ĂȘtre for such tagging tools.

First prepare your files and folders, then import them to MusicBee and learn and rely on tagging/metadata.

It would prevent a lot of (new) users issues and annoying discussions if they would understand and accept this a.s.a.p.
 

vincent kars

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Might it be as simpel as having the folders in the left panel and the filename in the main pane?


psychoadept

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Could be helpful if there was an easy way to get the file structure into the tags. I don't know, but maybe someone does.  8)

Also there's the infer and update tags from file names tool.
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