Bug #1193

Broken search on VA albums, prefer the "Album Artist" tag over "Artist" in search, if album artist present

Added by Matt K about 1 year ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

plugins/search tool
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September 29, 2022
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Albums with multiple artists cannot be added via the Search tool, because it interprets a single album as many different albums, if it sees different artist names for each song. This is the correct behavior under normal circumstances, but incorrect for VA (various artists) albums.

The correct way of tagging VA albums is to keep different artist names in the "Artist" field, but use the same artist name in the "Album Artist" field, ie.:

Song1.mp3, Album: Foo, Artist: Baz, Album artist: Various Artists
Song2.mp3, Album: Foo, Artist: Bar, Album artist: Various Artists

Albums tagged this way work correctly in Foobar 2000 and Power Amp (Android).


#1 Updated by John Lindgren about 1 year ago

Using Album Artist to solve this issue is a good idea. It will take a little bit of thought to figure out how to implement the logic correctly.

#2 Updated by John Lindgren about 1 year ago

  • % Done changed from 0 to 100
  • Target version set to 4.3
  • Status changed from New to Closed

Album artist is treated more logically in master now:

If you are comfortable building from source, please test, otherwise wait for the next version. Thanks for the report!

#3 Updated by Matt K about 1 year ago

Great job. Sure, I could try. Is there an up-to-date guide for building the project anywhere?

#4 Updated by Jim Turner about 1 year ago

Yes there is, not certain it's totally up2date (may find you need another library or 2 whilst compiling), but it's here:



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