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Dondi Fusco
2005-02-11, 15:34
--- Ralph Edington <ralph (AT) edington (DOT) com> wrote:

> In my case, they really were "missing" before the
> tag massaging, it wasn't
> just a count-display issue.
>
> I will admit, I had a lot of what you might call
> "bad tags". They weren't
> really BAD, but I had a lot of stuff that had been
> streamripped from
> shoutcast stations, and was lucky if it had it
> artist and title info. Album
> and track number were virtually non-existent, which
> was causing 5.4.1 to
> have an attack of "I don't see you". Same problem
> with multi-album sets I
> had combined into one directory (why did I do that?
> I don't know, don't
> ask, made sense at the time), but since apparently
> 5.4 uses album and track#
> as indices, this also caused a bad case of the "I
> don't see you"s.
>
> So it's not just a display issue. Slimserver (at
> least 5.4.x) can easily be
> fooled into missing some music altogether, soley
> based on imperfect ID3
> tags.
>
> Am I that different than the average user? Probably
> not. Most of us have
> some weird MP3s that we got from somewhere. But
> we're used to taking for
> granted that our music software can find all the
> songs that we actually
> have. 5.4.x doesn't do this very well; hopefully
> 6.0 will be much better.
>
My $.02; I have ~70,000 tunes in my library and have
had better luck with SlimServer catching the files in
my library as opposed to the advent of Windows Media
Player 10 per se. As a rule-of-thumb, the generic &
basic fields of the ID3 metatags have always been
present in the files in my library and I have always
used a single containing folder per album with track
numbers in sequence, so there are no multi-album sets
etc. Just using WMP10 as an example, this same library
gets very weird when imported into WMP10 as the new
version of WMP10 relies on the ALBUM ARTIST field to
sort/create albums etc. If this field is not
filled-in, then no album. This field was never a
necessity for players and wasnt so-much a default
field to be filled-in. So, I am in the process of
going back thru my library and "re-tagging" a single
field, ALBUM ARTIST, so that my clients that use WMP10
(i.e., Windows Media Ctr 2K5) can see the entire
library.

-- Dondi




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Michael Amster
2005-02-11, 16:30
>My $.02; I have ~70,000 tunes in my library and have
>had better luck with SlimServer catching the files in
>my library as opposed to the advent of Windows Media
>Player 10 per se. As a rule-of-thumb, the generic &
>basic fields of the ID3 metatags have always been
>present in the files in my library and I have always
>used a single containing folder per album with track
>numbers in sequence, so there are no multi-album sets
>etc. Just using WMP10 as an example, this same library
>gets very weird when imported into WMP10 as the new
>version of WMP10 relies on the ALBUM ARTIST field to
>sort/create albums etc. If this field is not
>filled-in, then no album. This field was never a
>necessity for players and wasnt so-much a default
>field to be filled-in. So, I am in the process of
>going back thru my library and "re-tagging" a single
>field, ALBUM ARTIST, so that my clients that use WMP10
>(i.e., Windows Media Ctr 2K5) can see the entire
>library.
>
>-- Dondi
>
>
>
>
Dondi:

Just out of curiosity, how does one go about accumulating a library of
70K songs? I have about $5K all through the 350+ CDs I have purchased
and scanned in. I am not interested in downloads, but heck, that is a
lot of music. I was at one point in my life a DJ at my University's FM
station where we had something like 40K albums (which took up just a ton
of shelf space you could imagine). I have some friends with 1200 or so
CD collections, but that would be about 4000 CDs by my count of that
medium. Impressive. Is it mainly pop/rock?

-MA