An introduction to computer audio
How do I change the view so compilations are shown as a single album? I have a very hard time understanding why this would even happen, since when you buy a compilation from the store on CD (some of us actually still do this) they come on a single disc and therefore a single album.
If you have used LPs, tapes, CDs for years it takes some time before you realize that there isn't such thing as an album in computer audio. There are files (the songs) containing a piece of music and the tags.
So what is an album? A couple of songs with exactly the same description in the right tags.
The files might be in the same directory or not, there isn't such a thing as an album in computer audio.
JRMC thinks songs belong to the same album if they have the same album and album artist.
You can use the Artist to assign a specific artist to a track.
You might even leave the album artist empty, MC uses (Multiple Artists) in the display.
This approach keeps the list of artist short, if you have a lot of samplers you probably appreciate.
If you want a list of all of the artists in your collection, simply make a new library view.
Use artist instead of album artist
Now you have them all.
As you can see in the screen shot above, Gideon Kremer appears multiple times, each time in combination with another performer.
I don’t like this, I want simply have 1 entry for an artist.
This can be obtained allowing multiple values.
Now MC is highly configurable, supports more than you need but no multiple values for the standard library fields.
There is one exception to this rule: People
Select all the albums
Select Move / Copy in the Library tools
Copy the content from Artist to People
Make a view People and notice you have exactly the same result as in when using the artist tag.
Again select all and use the library tool Find and Replace
Replace every delimiter like / by ;
Now you have each individual artist.
If you add an album, you have to do this anew.
As you can imagine, I’m a supporter of multiple values in the artist tag!
Found a better solution.