BeaTunes mixing albums together.

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Robert Tharp

22 Nov, 2017 06:24 PM

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2. Hello - I'm sorting a larger library, about 55k tracks from several different sources. Really like the performance so far, but having a challenge as in multiple cases albums with the same name but different artists are showing up mixed together. Attached is a screenshot with three albums mixed together. Is there a way to auto-split these?

Also, as a suggestion being able to set a 'global' preference in the display header would make the cleaning process much easier - for example, hide column 'Danceability', 'Mood', etc and show 'Album Artist', 'Track number', etc. in all Inspection windows.

Again, great product so far, looking forward to improvements in the Inspection feature!

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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by hendrik on 22 Nov, 2017 09:56 PM

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    Hey Robert,

    what’s the album artist of those “16 biggest hits” tracks? That would be the property beaTunes should use to split the set.

    Cheers,

    -hendrik

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by hendrik on 22 Nov, 2017 09:56 PM

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    Hey Robert,

    what’s the album artist of those “16 biggest hits” tracks? That would be the property beaTunes should use to split the set.

    Cheers,

    -hendrik

  3. 3 Posted by R B Tharp on 22 Nov, 2017 10:04 PM

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    Hi Hendrik,

    Thanks, I’ll check into that - and this is another reason setting the header displays globally would be very helpful. If ‘Album Artist’ is the key sort having it and the track # information is critical to getting a good comparison. Perhaps a secondary field sort on ‘Artist’ if ‘Album Artist’ is null?

    Appreciate the quick response!

    Regards,

    R B Tharp
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  4. 4 Posted by R B Tharp on 22 Nov, 2017 10:31 PM

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    Hi Hendrik,

    Attached is another screen shot of what I’d rate as an album name Inspection error - BeaTunes is confused by Led Zeppelin II and III and thinks it’s one album. Note track counts (10 and 9) are correct and Album Artist is set.

    Regards,

    R B Tharp
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  5. 5 Posted by R B Tharp on 22 Nov, 2017 10:41 PM

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    Hi Hendrik,

    Here’s another error from the Misspelled Album issue - Separated the two with an ‘Artist’ sort, the program is attempting to merge ‘Tommy' and 'Dummy’ despite both the ‘Album Artist’ and the ‘Artist’ fields being different, as well as ‘Track #’ data.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    R B Tharp
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  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by hendrik on 23 Nov, 2017 10:04 AM

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    Hey there,

    and this is another reason setting the header displays globally would be very helpful. If ‘Album Artist’ is the key sort having it and the track # information is critical to getting a good comparison. Perhaps a secondary field sort on ‘Artist’ if ‘Album Artist’ is null?

    I'm not sure I fully understand your comment.

    For different inspectors, different columns are meaningful. Therefore beaTunes should remember the column settings on a per-inspector basis. BTW: You can change that by clicking on the three dot button at the very right of the table header (see attached screenshot).

    If album artist is null, the inspector takes the regular artist into account.

    There are several secondary sort options on the field Album (pure, by Artist, by Year). You can choose them by clicking on the word Album in the table header.

    Regarding Led Zeppelin: The beaTunes inspectors report inconsistencies that could be issues. In this case it's definitely a false positive and the problem reported is not an issue at all. So you should check the "Ignore this issue in the future" box.

    beaTunes isn't perfect. It's just a tool to support you when fixing your metadata. If it were perfect, you wouldn't have to go through issues and make decisions anymore. Please take everything reported by inspectors as hints, not as absolute truths.

    BTW: Had that been Led Zeppelin 2 and Led Zeppelin 3 beaTunes would have "understood" that it's different albums. It's just the Roman numerals it stumbled over.

    Cheers,

    -hendrik

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by hendrik on 23 Nov, 2017 11:18 AM

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    Here’s another error from the Misspelled Album issue - Separated the two with an ‘Artist’ sort, the program is attempting to merge ‘Tommy' and 'Dummy’ despite both the ‘Album Artist’ and the ‘Artist’ fields being different, as well as ‘Track #’ data.

    You really have a point here. beaTunes should at least check the artist/album artist.

    If you're interested in a solution, please try out the current dev snapshot from https://www.beatunes.com/download/beaTunes-5-0-6-SNAPSHOT.dmg It contains additional checks for artist names and track counts (specifically for the album typo inspector).

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