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Problems with how music artists are handled

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bobafett_h

Server, version 3.0.5083.27698 running on a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 machine.

 

I have been testing out Mediabrowser 3 with a selection of different music tracks. There are a few problems I have come across relating to how Album Artists/Artists are handled.

 

Both the Album Artist and Artist tags for tracks by "Weird Al" Yankovic are written as "Weird Al" Yankovic for each track. The artist folder that contains the album folders and metadata is written as 'Weird Al' Yankovic since " cannot be used in file and folder names in Windows.

Both the Album Artist and Artist tags for tracks by AC/DC are written as AC/DC for each track. The artist folder that contains the album folders and metadata is written as AC-DC since / cannot be used in file and folder names in Windows.

 

In the Album Artists view:
'Weird Al' Yankovic - The artist image is not shown and neither are the numbers of albums or songs.
AC-DC - The numbers of albums and songs are not shown, but the artist image is.

 

This indicates to me that the folder name is being used instead of the information in the Album Artist tags which is not ideal in situations where different characters are used like these.

 

In the Artists View:
AC - shows one extra album and one extra song
AC/DC -  does not include extra album or extra song
DC - shows one extra album and one extra song
(the extra album and song it refers to is a track from the Last Action Hero soundtrack which has Various Artists written in the Album Artist tag)

 

This indicates to me that the / in the Album Artist/Artist tags are confusing things somehow as entries called AC and DC are being created even though they do not exist at all in the music collection. They still point to the AC/DC albums, with the addition of the Last Action Hero track, but in the case of the AC entry, it has filled in a artist thumbnail image and description.

 

Additionally, an entry for Various Artists shows up in the Artists view even though it is only used in the Album Artist tags of tracks for certain albums. There are 2 tracks from the Batman Forever soundtrack album in my music collection for testing. Browsing to Various Artists from the Artists view shows two versions of the album. Each one goes to one of the tracks which are both by different artists. The album is also duplicated like this in the Albums view.

 

The file and folder naming convention I use is: D:\Music\Album Artist\Album\Disc 1/2/etc (if more than one disc)\Track Title.mp3

All tracks are tagged with Title, Artist, Album, Genre, Year, Track Number, Album Artist and Disc Number (if more than one disc).

Edited by bobafett_h

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Scott84Z28

I've also seen that AC/DC seems to cause issues.  If you look in the Metamanager, the problem is that it shows up as AC;DC and the semi-colon is used to separate two distinct artists.  Under Album Artist I find it list the name correctly.  It must be from where it's pulling the data from, because I went through a few of the albums and corrected the Artist name, but then a day later it was all back with the semi colons.

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RaxPower

I think it pulls Album Artist from the top level folder in the music library. (which might not be the same as the ALBUMARTIST/ALBUM ARTIST id3 tag.

Example i have a bunch of Game OSTs under a folder called Game ost, and that is what is shown in Album Artist view (with no albums linked).

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bobafett_h

Ideally Mediabrowser should pull all music information from the file tags and only use the file/folder names as a backup if the tags do not exist. There are too many circumstances where the information in the file/folder names cannot be accurate due to things like character limitations.

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