If I was in your situation, I would take the time to use Picard to tag and then organize the files how I'd want. Organizing files then going back to tag them may lead to more work.
Every album in my library has already been tagged with Picard correctly (except those that weren't in their database which is why some albums don't have a Musicbrainz Album ID). Picard is now configured to organize albums in folders based on their releasetype (AlbumArtist\ReleaseType\Album) from here on out, but how do I handle the 3k+ albums I already have that are currently organized according to my old scheme (AlbumArtist\Album)?
If I could just apply my Picard file naming script to every album without matching them to their database then this problem would be resolved fairly quickly. It's the scanning and matching of all those 3k+ albums I'm trying to avoid if at all possible.
For some reason, I can't get a clear understanding of your situation. Please clarify the following for me:
...and I'm thinking about using the releasetype tag to move them into Album/EP/Live/Anthology subfolders.On the desired file path there, "ALBUM" is not a constant? (that folder name is dependent on the <releasetype> tag value for that specific file)
X:\Music\#Artists [A-Z]\D\Dire Straits\ALBUM\ Dire Straits [2010 - Vertigo - UIGY-9032] [SHM-SACD]
Apologies, I'm not very good at explaining.
What you wrote in parentheses is exactly right. The value of <releasetype> tag differs from album to album. So, for example:
"Revolver" by The Beatles would go in: The Beatles\Album\Revolver
"Help" by The Beatles would go in: The Beatles\Soundtrack\Help
"1+" by The Beatles would go in: The Beatles\Anthology\1+
Currently, these are all located in a single folder named "The Beatles". I'm looking to create new subfolders and then bump every album folder one branch deeper.
The tags to make this happen already exists but I need an application that can take tag information and then organize the files on a folder level. Picard's file naming script does exactly this and will do it the way I'd like from now on, but I already have a lot of albums in my music folder that are organized the old/wrong way,.