Old 3rd February 2008, 23:03   #1
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Track Number Sorting

Hi all,

I have all my music in my library sorted by Album, rather than Artist. This is great for the most part (when the Artist is the same for each album), because WinAmp sorts all my music by track number, just as it would be on the CD. I think it must sort the tracks in order of Album, Artist, Track Number.

However, when you get to albums with Various Artists, it sorts the tracks using the same method, but because the tracks are by different people, the album is sorted alphabetically by artist, rather than by track number (so the album is in the wrong order).

Is there a way of getting round this?

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Old 3rd February 2008, 23:14   #2
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Yes. Make sure the "Album Artist" metadata field is populated, eg. as "Various Artists" for every track on the compilation.

* -> Album Artist (or Artist, if n/a) -> Album -> Disc# -> Track# -> *
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Old 3rd February 2008, 23:55   #3
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Cheers DJ Egg, worked a treat!
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Old 5th February 2008, 06:01   #4
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Hi, same prob

Album Artist fields populated as specified. Problem remains.

Is there no way to specify sort order priority?
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Old 5th February 2008, 16:12   #5
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Yes. Make sure the "Album Artist" metadata field is populated, eg. as "Various Artists" for every track on the compilation.

* -> Album Artist (or Artist, if n/a) -> Album -> Disc# -> Track# -> *
AHA!

Egg, you just accidentally revealed why my track order has been all out of whack!

I NEVER used the Disc# field and so, in order to preserve rating info in between updates / re-installs / etc, I decided to use this "unused" field. I sorted by rating star, then used the edit selected items dialog to copy that rating number into the unused Disc # field.

Didn't know that would screw things up!

Thanks for the clarity. But I'm with whateverpaper:

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Is there no way to specify sort order priority?

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Old 5th February 2008, 17:05   #6
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@whateverpaper

No

If the "Album Artist" field is the same for all tracks on the album (thus making the "Artist" field irrelevant and not a factor), and the "Album" and "Disc#" fields are the same (Disc# can be empty), then as long as the Track# fields are also filled-in (eg. 01, 02, 03...09, 10, 11, etc), then it all should work properly.

If it doesn't, then you tell us what you're doing wrong :-/

And whereabouts exactly is it not sorting in the correct order?


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It's probably best to use a less important field like Comment or Composer or Publisher to store Star Rating backups, not Disc# :-)
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Old 6th February 2008, 01:08   #7
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* -> Album Artist (or Artist, if n/a) -> Album -> Disc# -> Track# -> *
This really does explain a lot! and now I can see what is missing. The YEAR feild! This would keep my albums in chronological order.

where can I officially request the sprting logic to be
-> Album Artist (or Artist, if n/a) -> Year -> Album -> Disc# -> Track# ->

(and of EGG or Benski are reading this, I guess I just did)
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