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808htfan
2008-10-28, 19:29
I'm not sure if this has to do w/ tagging or settings so I'll post it in this forum.

I have a bunch of tunes that aren't full albums and are tagged simply w/ Artist and Title for the most part. They're in 2 or 3 folders or so. Is there a way to not have an album called 'No Album' show up? Changing a setting or two winds up with the 'No Album' album being by either Various Artists or all the artists, but it still exists. Must I tag each of those files w/ an album name in order to solve this or is there another solution? I just want the 'No Album' album not to show up when browsing by Album and to not have all the other artists names show up (under the 'No Album') in any particular Artist's folder.

Also, until recently I'd browse by Music Folder whenever I used the web interface so I'm not sure if this is new or has always been the case.

Thanks

radish
2008-10-28, 19:31
It's not new, and there's no way around it other than tagging that I know of. I tag such tracks with a generic album name of "[Individual Tracks]".

808htfan
2008-10-28, 19:42
Hrmmm...OK, thanks!

MeSue
2008-10-28, 21:01
I tag mine with "Singles" for the album. When I have more than 2 songs for an artist I move them into their own artist folder. When they are all by the same artist in a folder, Squeezecenter puts them under that artist as an album called Singles. For the folder that that has all my other singles mixed together, Squeezecenter seems to pick a random artist to display for these. It means I have around 50 albums titles "Singles when I browse my album list, which is kind of annoying but I rarely browse albums so I live with it. The compilation settings probably have something to do with this. I have it set not to group compilations and list albums by all artists for that album.

808htfan
2008-10-29, 18:10
Thanks for the tip guys.

I find it wierd that SqueezeCenter must put single tracks in an album when they don't belong to one. If I'm looking in 'Albums', I'm looking for just that...full albums. I can look under 'Artists' if I wanted to look for everything by an artist. I'm guessing it's that way because SC is making all tracks available regardless of the category you're looking in.

radish
2008-10-29, 20:30
It's just a side effect of the simplistic pop/rock oriented data model inherited from most similar apps - an artist has albums which in turn have tracks - end of story. There is work coming up to try and make the model more flexible, so keep an eye out and speak up if you have ideas :)

Goodsounds
2008-10-29, 21:10
It's just a side effect of the simplistic pop/rock oriented data model inherited from most similar apps - an artist has albums which in turn have tracks - end of story.

I think you have the relationship backward, this did not arise from apps. Long before there was any such thing as an "app", and ever since for that matter, most music was released by artists in the form of albums, with tracks. Such an approach still logically organizes and describes the vast, vast majority of most people's music collections.

As far as the desired behavior, of course a default hierarchy and database organization can be or not be whatever is chosen. Personally, I have no problem with a "plug" in cases where an essential field is otherwise blank or not meaningful.

MrSinatra
2008-10-29, 23:46
if you can specify a name for various artists, why not specify a name for this?

but it is smart for SC to put something in there. most people want ALL the tracks available, regardless of if the tag had something or not... and keep in mind, not everyone is up on tagging... they just want the music to play.

808htfan
2008-10-30, 18:59
and keep in mind, not everyone is up on tagging... they just want the music to play.
Hadn't thought of that... I see how ignoring/omitting single tracks while browsing by Album could confuse some people...