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prabbit
2007-05-29, 08:43
I have a question about the album count. Slimserver is reporting this: 2633 albums with 17678 songs by 1220 artists

That's about twice as many albums than I actually have. I've determined that the problem is with soundtracks and other "various artists"-type albums.

I've looked at the Server Settings > Behavior page and changing the "COMPILATIONS" section didn't change my count after clearing my database and doing a complete rescan.

My goal is when I click Browse > Albums that I only see a soundtrack or various artist album listed once, when I click it, then I would see all of the songs/artists. Currently, if a soundtrack has ten songs, the soundtrack is counted ten times.

I'm sure I'm missing an obvious setting somewhere to fix this. Or maybe it has to do with the tags in my files? Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Heuer
2007-05-29, 10:12
Have you tried doing a complete clear and re-scan of the SS library?

prabbit
2007-05-29, 10:21
Sure have. A few times now. I even deleted the contents of the \Cache folder and then did a rescan.

Heuer
2007-05-29, 10:27
I have seen this a couple of times after upgrading. If you have exactly double the amount of files (everything repeated) then there is a way to fix it but I can't for the life of me remember. A search in around 'double' should turn something up. If you have only partial doubling up the problem could be elsewhere. If all else fails try going back to 6.5.1.

prabbit
2007-05-29, 11:04
I haven't upgraded. This is my first install.

It's not a double of everything. It's specific to albums that have multiple artists (soundtracks, compilations, etc.).

Rick B.
2007-05-29, 12:30
I get this too. I think the problem is associated with the tags - the artist for each song is in the Artist field - rather than the artist being just "Various Artists", therefore each artist instance (song) is considered to be an album.

Can anyone explain?

kdf
2007-05-29, 12:44
Quoting "Rick B." <Rick.B..2rd0sb1180467301 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> I get this too. I think the problem is associated with the tags - the
> artist for each song is in the Artist field - rather than the artist
> being just "Various Artists", therefore each artist instance (song) is
> considered to be an album.
>
> Can anyone explain?

There is nothing wrong with having the artist for each track listed in
the artist field for compilation albums. However, to be considered as
one album by slimserver, you will be required to have the tracks from
the same album in the same folder. Otherwise, there isn't any way for
slimserver to combine the tracks into a single album. This may be the
cause of the splitting, especially if you can locate albums while
browsing that have some tracks under one list item, and the rest under
another.

-kdf

prabbit
2007-05-29, 13:08
[T]o be considered as one album by slimserver, you will be required to have the tracks from the same album in the same folder. Otherwise, there isn't any way for slimserver to combine the tracks into a single album.


What I take from this is that my file structure isn't compatible with SlimServer in this regard.

I use

\Artist\Album\Track

but for Various Artist albums to be reported as a single instance, I would need

\Album\Artist\Track

If that's the case, I'll either need to live with it not being correct in SlimServer or modify my directory structure (in one of several ways). Either way, I need to bend to SlimServer's will and can't make it bend to mine.

I use iTunes and use the "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" feature, which keeps an inherently different structure than SlimServer requires for compilations to count as a single album instance.

slimkid
2007-05-29, 14:12
...

but for Various Artist albums to be reported as a single instance, I would need

\Album\Artist\Track

If that's the case, I'll either need to live with it not being correct in SlimServer or modify my directory structure (in one of several ways). ...

Not that complicated. Structure "Various Artists"\Album\Track will work for compilations. Just make sure that artist tag is populated with the artists you care about, the rest you can leave blank.

You can also play with COMPILATION tag

chiphart
2007-05-29, 14:27
prabbit wrote:
> \Album\Artist\Track
>
> If that's the case, I'll either need to live with it not being correct
> in SlimServer or modify my directory structure (in one of several
> ways). Either way, I need to bend to SlimServer's will and can't make
> it bend to mine.

...the problem is that the slimserver has no way to ensure that
the following aren't the same album:

\Johnny Cash\Best Of\
\Johnny Rotten\Best Of\

If it bent to your "will," all album titles with the same names
will be considered one-and-the-same. How else would it
distinguish?

No thanks. You can either create an additional db and track
this information (itunes), which the music itself doesn't carry
with it or you can restructure your directories (in a variety of
ways). Take your pick.

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prabbit
2007-05-29, 14:48
I'm not sure how I'll proceed, but thanks for the information. It was very helpful.

shermoid
2007-05-30, 07:14
hey prabbit,

take a look my previous post:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=205133#post205133

if you think my little perl script could help to re-arrange the data on disc, i will gladly send you a copy ...

hope this helps,
-sherm