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thnmnt
2004-09-08, 09:23
one of my biggest gripes with slim server is that it 'explodes' compilation
albums into their individual artists rather than giving users the option to
have it stored as an album. i would like to see the album name come up in
the artist field rather than the artists if i choose it. this would also
have the advantage of making my artists list a lot smaller (by several
hundred probably) and therefore easier to scroll through when using the
remote control.

is it possible that this has already been implemented? if not - i'd like to
vote for it!

--t

kdf
2004-09-08, 09:39
Quoting thnmnt <thnmnt (AT) hotmail (DOT) com>:

> one of my biggest gripes with slim server is that it 'explodes' compilation
> albums into their individual artists rather than giving users the option to
> have it stored as an album.

it all depends on yoru tags.

> i would like to see the album name come up in
> the artist field rather than the artists if i choose it. this would also
> have the advantage of making my artists list a lot smaller (by several
> hundred probably) and therefore easier to scroll through when using the
> remote control.
>
> is it possible that this has already been implemented? if not - i'd like to
> vote for it!

There is a branch of the development working on an SQL back end which will
greatly anhance the server's ability to sort and filter. Look for it, not in
teh 5.3 release due soon, but perhaps the following release.

-kdf

Jeffrey Gordon
2004-09-08, 09:53
Browse by Album would do what you want I believe. If you are looking
for an Album name then I would search via Ablums.

Now speaking on the subject one cool thing would be if you are browse
through by Artist and come to a song that is by an Artist that is in a
compliation would be to somehow be able to navigate or select the other
songs in the Album under that Compliation. I suspect this will be
something that could be easily done via a Plugin ONCE we have the
Database backend ;)

thnmnt wrote:
> one of my biggest gripes with slim server is that it 'explodes' compilation
> albums into their individual artists rather than giving users the option to
> have it stored as an album. i would like to see the album name come up in
> the artist field rather than the artists if i choose it. this would also
> have the advantage of making my artists list a lot smaller (by several
> hundred probably) and therefore easier to scroll through when using the
> remote control.
>
> is it possible that this has already been implemented? if not - i'd like to
> vote for it!
>
> --t
>

thnmnt
2004-09-08, 14:00
> Quoting thnmnt
> > one of my biggest gripes with slim server is that it 'explodes'
compilation
> > albums into their individual artists rather than giving users the option
to
> > have it stored as an album.
>
>>Quoting kdf...
> it all depends on yoru tags.

yes it does depend on the tags - but if you have compilation albums tagged
correctly (i.e. same album name but different artist names and different
song names for each track) they will be exploded into individual artists.
you can trick it by simply assigning the artist name in a compilation to be
the name of the compilation album but this isn't really a useful
workaround - i like to know who the actual artist is when the song is
playing.

>>Quoting jeffrey gordon

>Browse by Album would do what you want I believe. If you are looking
>for an Album name then I would search via Ablums.

yes this is true but for my collection the difference between scrolling via
the squeezebox interface is roughly 3x greater for albums than artists. plus
album names require me to think about who actually made 1 of the dozen
'greatest hits' records that i own.