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Old 14th August 2004, 16:40   #1
Andreas E.
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Media Library: Make Winamp ignore file paths when sorting

From time to time, I have a two-part audio book from vinyl and I got every part in a separate folder, e. g. the chapters from side A in folder A, and the chapters from side B in folder B.

If I now sort by filename in Media Library, the paths are recognized as well and the files are *not* merged.
The priority is Path->Filename and I can't yet stop this.

To clarify this, I put the last chapters in the "wrong" folder 'sideA', and the first chapters in the "wrong" folder 'sideB'. Later, you will understand why I did this.

x:\mp3\audiobooks\my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book is the base folder.

x:\mp3\audiobooks\my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book\sideA
contains side B with
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 5.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 6.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 7.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 8.mp3

whereas

x:\mp3\audiobooks\my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book\sideB contains side A with
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 1.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 2.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 3.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 4.mp3

NOW...

If Winamp *disregarded* the paths, it would - after clicking on 'Filename' column - not care for the contents, but sort like:
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 1.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 2.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 3.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 4.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 5.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 6.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 7.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 8.mp3

but *AS* Winamp regards paths, it finds sideA and sideB, thinks it's intelligent and sorts:

(sideA, contains contents of side B)
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 5.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 6.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 7.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 8.mp3
(sideB, contains contents of side A)
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 1.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 2.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 3.mp3
my_fav_author - my_fav_audio_book - chapter 4.mp3

Again: The folder contents were just swapped to clarify the sorting algorithm that Winamp uses. If I sort "correctly" (side A in sideA and side B in sideB), there would have been no way to distinguish...

Would be nice if Winamp could get an option to IGNORE different paths but just sort by filename only if you click on 'Finished' column in Media Library.

(Sorry for the long post.)

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Old 14th August 2004, 21:00   #2
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The ML does not sort by path and filename. In the Media Library, if the title (there is always a title) is is "Chapter X" just click on the title column and it should sort A-Z or Z-A.

[EDIT] I just saw that you filenames are "Author - Book - Chapter.mp3", but it should still work.

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Old 15th August 2004, 01:21   #3
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But it's NOT about the Title column!
I sorted using the Filename column and thus discovered the "path->filename" thing

"Title" only makes sense if the ID3* is filled with data. If it's empty, sorting goes all mad with the files that got no ID3 data.

Try again testing with my testing scenario described in full detail above and tell me if you get same results.

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Old 15th August 2004, 15:51   #4
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Why don't you stop worrying about sorting algorithms, stick the files in the right folders and stop inventing problems that are not really there.
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Old 21st August 2004, 18:42   #5
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Because I don't want to be urged to care for paths at all.
Again: Alphabetical sorting per filename ought to work with paths disregarded as well, merely looking for the names of the files standalone, instead of the full path.
I'm *not* inventing problems here. I'm rather asking for another option. If you do happen to think that I'm inventing problems for fun's sake, then you had better stop reading this thread, so I'm not doomed to read your silly flaming. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
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Old 21st August 2004, 20:18   #6
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Old 21st August 2004, 22:15   #7
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I came up across a similar problem because Winamp doesn't recognize the Disc Number tag in ID3v2, and I refuse to put each disc of a multi-CD set in its own folder. What I did was named the files like this:

Artist - Album - Disc.Track - Title

Or to give an example,

Delerium - Poem - 2.03 - Inner Sanctum.mp3

If you do something similar, it should work. i.e.

author - book - 1.05 - chapter 5.mp3

where 1 is side A. Actually, you could probably use a letter there as well and it would still work.

author - book - A.05 - chapter 5.mp3
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