Multiple Artist Albums

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Media Center comes with a number of tools to help automatically identify compilation albums that include various artists.

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Album Artist (auto)

See Using Album Artist and Album Artist (Auto) for more details.

Automatic Assorted

When you rename files (right click > Library Tools > Rename Files from Properties), the window that appears provides the option to "Use Assorted for [Artist] on multi-artist albums". This is just under the Directories Rule. When selected, the files will be saved in a directory called Assorted if you have included the [Artist] rule in the directory rule.

Example:

Artist: Stackabones, Album: Best of Truck Driving Songs

Directory Rule:
Base path: M:\Music\
Rule: [Artist]\[Album]
"Use Assorted [Artist] on multi-artist albums" is checked.

Result:
M:\Music\Assorted\Best of Truck Driving Songs\Filename rule

Complete Albums

Media Center has some built-in support to automatically determine if an album is complete and incomplete. Two fields are automatically calculated, [Album Type] and [Complete Album], and these can be used to help determine if tracks for an album are missing, or help create views to filter single-tracks. An album is considered complete if the following conditions are met:

  • all tracks are of [Media Type]=Audio
  • all tracks have exactly the same, non-empty [Album] value
  • all tracks are in the same folder - i.e. have the same value for the [Filename (path)] field
  • all tracks have sequential [Track #] values starting at 1
  • all tracks have the same, or sequentially increasing [Disc #] values (empty and 1 are considered the same)
  • there are at least 2 files or 10 minutes of audio (the sum of the [Duration] field values >= 10 minutes)

View Schemes for Multiple Artist Albums

Create the following scheme to view Multiple Artist Albums:

  1. Right click on Audio in the tree.
  2. Select Add View Scheme.
  3. Click "Add", Standard View Item, and add the following:
    • Album Type (shows multiple vs. single artist albums, and whether they are complete or incomplete). Note: you may have to scroll up the list to get Album Type. Press Ok.
    • Repeat, and add Album
  4. Or display fields for each of the items displayed in #3: Album Type, Album Artist (auto), Complete Album, Album.

You can now quickly view your Multiple Artist albums, and better yet, you can view all of your complete and/or incomplete albums. Complete albums are indicated by a "1", and "0" displays incomplete albums.

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