How Albums are Sorted

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How Albums are Sorted

Postby williamflannagan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:06 am

Hello all,

Why do album folders that contain additional directories (multiple disc albums, for example, with each disc in their own subfolder) show up first in the albums list? Also, they do not show up in the grid of album cover thumbnails.

Is there a way to change this behavior?

An example:


Apologies if this has some up before. I searched, but didn't see it.

Thanks for the help!
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Re: How Albums are Sorted

Postby acroyear » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:06 am

the main view is your raw folder/directory view. it only treats folders with songs in them as 'albums'. so no, it isn't very friendly for situations where you have CD1 and CD2 in them. In the main view that can't be changed.

For myself, before loading files into subsonic, I first run them through iTunes to set the disc number (and make sure other tag info is correct), then copy them over into my external music drive as a single folder. While subsonic doesn't show the disc # or allow you to change it, it does sort them by disc order correctly in the main UI (and in the API for clients). It also helps clean up the file names (I hate how Amazon's downloads put "(Disc 2) ..." in front of the second disc's files because it puts everything out of order).

Some of the clients support "ID3" mode (via separate API calls), where the artist and albums are flattened by tags the way you would see them in iTunes - but in doing that you might lose other organization structure (e.g., I have my Rush separated live and studio in my folder structure - ID3 mode puts them both together as 'Rush' albums). But the main window and the official android client do not support showing them that way.

Sorry I can't be more helpful here, but it is what it is.
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Re: How Albums are Sorted

Postby Jägs » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:07 am

Just to add to what Joe said, instead of iTunes, you could also use Picard from MusicBrainz ( I hate iTunes, though I'm a Mac person and use it to sync music to my iPhone. That said, MusicBrainz tags disc numbers--among a host of other things--so I've start to remove CD#/Disc# folders from my album folders. It makes organization much easier and both Subsonic and Plex/Emby seem to like it better.
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