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barney_g



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Hello,

I've ripped many albums that had multiple CDs. I however, would prefer to combine them as one album. Not as Album CD 1, Album CD 2.

For example, if there are 10 songs on the first disc, they are labeled 1-10, and then on the next disc, if there are 10 songs they are labeled 1-10 also, and so on.

What I do, is manually change the track number of the songs on the second disc (to 11-20 in this example), and combine them into a single album.

Is there for SongKong to do this automagically?

Thank you
paultaylor

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You mean one disc, they would still be one album as an album can have multiple discs, songs have both a discno and a trackno field.

SongKong cannot modify the trackno field to store 11 instead of 1, and generally its not really a very good idea as you are adding incorrect information. But if you have a good reason why this is necessary and convince me I may add it.

However if you mean the filename itself then yes you could modify the mask to calculate the required value by using the trackno, tracktotal and discno fields to calculate the value you want.

If yo do mean the metadata itsself then Jaikoz allows you to renumber a list of tracks using the Edit:Renumber Track Nos option.

thanks Paul (Administrator)
barney_g



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Hi Paul,

No. What I mean is that when including a multi disc album in iTunes, it is shown once for each disc (complete with album art).

I would like to change that if at all possible with SongKong.

For example, when I use the Mac app iD3 Editor to edit a multi disc album it does as I suggested for SongKong, it will take the 10 songs from disc one of the 2 disc album and number them 1-10 THEN number songs 1-10 on disc 2 as 11-20. Then when I add all 20 songs to iTunes, only one album art picture is displayed with all 20 songs within.

Personally, when listening to my music collection (say for example Pink Floyd - The Wall) I don't see the value of having to listen to one disc, then select (or add the second to a playlist) then select and play disc 2.

I think that it's fine that the metadata shows that it's part of a multi disc album, but I don't need to see duplicate cover art for the same album within iTunes.

I hope that I'm explaining this well.

BTW, since you're involved with MusicBrainz, how should I handle albums that I know the metadata is correct but MusicBrainz cannot find a match?

Thanks,
Barney
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Hi, thanks for bringing this to my attention I didnt realize ITunes did this seeing as it understands multiple discs but although SongKong cannot set the track no as you request I think I have found a solution. I did some tests and iTunes only shows each disc separately if the release title is different for each discs. And the release title can be different if in SongKong you have Format:Multi Disc Releases set to Add Disc No to the release title if disc has title or Always Add Disc No information to the release title.


Instead set it to Never add Disc No information to the release title, ensure Basic:For songs already matched to MusicBrainz is set to Update Metadata and Filename Only and retry and that shoud resolve your issue.

thanks Paul (Administrator)
barney_g



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Thanks or the speedy reply. I'll give it a try, but unfortunately, I'll have to use a separate tool to combine the tracks for multi disc albums.

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barney_g wrote:
I'll have to use a separate tool to combine the tracks for multi disc albums.

 

Im not sure what you mean.

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barney_g



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I'll use the other app that I mentioned (iD3 Editor) to combine the track numbers of a multi disc album.

Instead of two sets of tracks, 1-whatever for disc 1, and 1-whatever for disc 2 etc. It will be one group of 1-whatever the combined number of tracks for ALL discs

Was hoping to automate this process, but oh well, you can't have everything.
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Right, but you seem to possibly be missing my point which is that with my testing as long as tracks from both discs have the same value for the Album field then iTunes will not display each disc as a separate disc, it will just display a single release containing both discs so there is no need to put in the incorrect trackno

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