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sit745



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I am looking to take my entire collection and using SongKong fix, get rid of dups, and then finally end up with all songs characterized like this:

[Songname][Artist][original release year]

and have each song go into a separate subdirectory that is the year

So I would have subdirectories that would look like this:

1960
1961
1962
etc.

and in each subdirectory would be all songs that were released that year.

Is this doable? If so, how?

If not, how close can I get before having to do manual work?

Thanks.
paultaylor

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Hi, yes it is all possible. I have written you a blog post describing in detail how to fix your songs and rename them based on original year

http://blog.jthink.net/2017/07/organize-songs-by-original-release-year.html

(The screens will look slight difference since I did this using the development version of SongKong 4.10, this is not yet released, but the procedure is the same).

Having done this then you can use Delete Duplicates to remove duplicates.

thanks Paul (Administrator)
sit745



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Thank you so much. This worked well for me.

Now, I have another problem, but this is not a SongKong issue. It's that the year directories selected are sometimes wrong. Yes, wrong. Wrong in two ways:

1) A song will be recognized (and if I do a "properties" in Windows 10 on a title I see a year) as a certain year, but in reality, the year is different. For example, the Chicago song "Does anyone really know what time it is" shows up in a directory for 1969, and its "properties" are 1969, but in reality, it was a top song in late 1970. Not your fault. The album was released in 1969, but the song was only released as a single, and therefore popular on the radio, in 1970. I don't think there's much that can be done about this.

2) More interestingly, I am seeing songs by Elvis as showing up in 1990, and I've even seen where the "properties" tab in Windows shows one (wrong) year, and the directory the song is placed in is another (wrong) year.

I don't know that anything can be done about this, except for manual drudgery.
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sit745 wrote:
Thank you so much. This worked well for me.

Now, I have another problem, but this is not a SongKong issue. It's that the year directories selected are sometimes wrong. Yes, wrong. Wrong in two ways:

1) A song will be recognized (and if I do a "properties" in Windows 10 on a title I see a year) as a certain year, but in reality, the year is different. For example, the Chicago song "Does anyone really know what time it is" shows up in a directory for 1969, and its "properties" are 1969, but in reality, it was a top song in late 1970. Not your fault. The album was released in 1969, but the song was only released as a single, and therefore popular on the radio, in 1970. I don't think there's much that can be done about this.
 

OriginalReleaseYear is the first year that the song was released in any form, not the year it was released as a single (which would not apply to many non-single songs). So I would say 1969 is correct, in your case it sounds like you want the ReleaseYear but difficult to get matching to the singles rather than the album so I guess some manual editing will be required.

sit745 wrote:

2) More interestingly, I am seeing songs by Elvis as showing up in 1990, and I've even seen where the "properties" tab in Windows shows one (wrong) year, and the directory the song is placed in is another (wrong) year.
I don't know that anything can be done about this, except for manual drudgery. 

Sometimes the database doesnt have the original release year, or it might be that SongKong didnt fully update metadata as it found a song only match rather than a release match.

Actually since you are just interested in songs not albums it would be worth rerunning SongKong but disabling the Only allow matches if all songs in grouping match to one album option on the Basic. This should fix some of the year issues.

thanks Paul (Administrator)
 
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