How do you handle multi-artist albums?

General discussions.

Moderator: moderators

How do you handle multi-artist albums?

Postby TentaM » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:43 pm

How does everyone handle multi-artist albums? Currently, sorting my folder structure by /[first letter of artist]/[artist]/[album], when I have an album that contains multiple artists, you have to go through and add each song by hand to your playlist.

I've thought about making the folder structure be /[first letter]/[album artist]/[album] and having the multi-artist albums have "Various Artists" be the album artist, but I am unsure if you would still be able to search for/see a particular artist on that album, or if the artist would simply always be shown as "Various Artists."

I haven't tested this yet because it would be a bit of an undertaking just in terms of processing - my collection is 1.2 TB. (Note, that is why I have it first sorted by the first letter of the artist - for manual browsing)

Has anyone else found a way to work around this?

Donated a few months ago - amazing program, and thanks for any ideas!
TentaM
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:32 pm

Postby kermit22 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:50 pm

I have my library set up as \First Letter\Artist\Album\ and I have a spot under"V" for various artist albums. \V\Various Artist\Album.

I don't have any trouble searching for individual artists while doing a search and if I browse all the way through the directory tree to get to an album Subsonic lists all of the tracks correctly because it uses the id3 tags embedded in the mp3.

Hopefully I answered your question. Cheers
User avatar
kermit22
 
Posts: 218
Joined: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:00 pm

Postby stennie » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:42 pm

Also, it's worth noting that ID3 tags have (at least) 2 "Artist" fields -- "Artist" and "Album Artist". I usually tag the latter as "Various Artists" while putting the explicit artists in the former.

You could then sort them as /V/Various Artists/[Album/Compilation Name]

Though the file names and directories may not show it, each track will contain the relevant artist(s) while treating the album (as a whole) as "Various Artists".
stennie
 
Posts: 31
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:34 pm

Postby ccandreva » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:01 am

When I had CDs I would put them alphabetically by album title, intermixed with artists, so I've done the same thing. So, Nuggets is under "N", Toga Rock under "T", etc.
User avatar
ccandreva
 
Posts: 104
Joined: Fri May 28, 2010 8:22 pm

Postby ShaqFu » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:05 pm

I'll post the Library of Congress rules (aka the rules) for multi-artist albums later :P
ShaqFu
 
Posts: 5
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:39 am

Postby kroken » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:20 pm

How do you guys handle albums with more then 1 cd? do you place all the files in just one folder or sort them by cd like this VA->Best Of Pop->CD1,CD2 ?
kroken
 
Posts: 81
Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:28 am

Postby stennie » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:36 pm

kroken wrote:How do you guys handle albums with more then 1 cd? do you place all the files in just one folder or sort them by cd like this VA->Best Of Pop->CD1,CD2 ?


That works, but I just use 3-digit track numbers and store them all in the same folder. CD1 is 1##, CD2 is 2##, and so on.
stennie
 
Posts: 31
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:34 pm

Postby kermit22 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:01 pm

kroken wrote:How do you guys handle albums with more then 1 cd? do you place all the files in just one folder or sort them by cd like this VA->Best Of Pop->CD1,CD2 ?


I used to use the 3 digit track number like stennie, but I recently switched to a directory structure with a disc 1 directory and a disc 2 directory under Artist>Album in order to meet the needs of a different project I was working on with my music library. Either way works well with Subsonic. I think it is just a matter of personal preference.
User avatar
kermit22
 
Posts: 218
Joined: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:00 pm


Return to General

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests