To organise a music library we sometimes need to have some operations that change the music files in bulk as changing them one by one is simply too much work. For such cases, we envision having a Library Management Dashboard on innuOS. The Library Management Dashboard would be a separate area in innuOS that could do the following:
More features could then be added there whenever they involve changes to multiple files.
Feel free to suggest other types of bulk changing operations and we can complete this area.
If during ripping from a compilation cd forget to check the compilation button you end with 12, 15 or as many tracks existed in the album, albums. There is no keyboard shortcut to choose all the albums (in fact one album) and combine them to one.
Indeed you do not. You need to go into each entry and tick the compilation box. This can be potentially part of the Library Management Dashboard so I will merge there
Albums imported via the recommended Auto-Import method always used to be loaded into one of three folders; either high-res / cd-quality / compressed.
In late 2021 this changed so now files are left in individual import folders leaving a messy and confusing folder structure in the Music library.
I made an earlier request about music import organizing music, which is a feature missing from the new OS. Not sure where this is. Another organization issue arises when the artist names are not identical when adding music to the library. IE The Rolling Stones, the Rolling Stones, The rolling stones etc are all seen as completely different artists. This in part makes finding a particular album by search very cumbersome....i have been spending days editing all of these files so that i can find my albums....not something i ever had to worry about with Roon. Also very frustrating when an album that i bought from Qobuz is entitled NEIL YOUNG and my scanned albums are Neil Young.....pretty much forces me to have two different artists unless i want to edit my entire library to match Qobuz Artist titles, which BTW are not consistent
I think the way auto import is working is a big step backwards. Can we have the previous automatic smart folder structure.
Pre 2.0 there was an option that automatically sorted all new files in a correct file structure Artist/Album… this seems to missing in 2.0?
It would be nice to be able to group several ripped CDs into a set when the ripper doesn’t do it automatically (so disc 1, disc 2…). That would avoid having to fix this with the computer and a tagging program. A nice to have. Not essential.
would it be possible to provide a facility to "mass update" empty tags.
e.g. I have over 120 albums with no tags assigned - I can list these in the current facility - if they were displayed in a list format with the option to add tags alongside each in the list it would make for a very quick update facility.
similarly - having the ability to change the tag in a list format (e.g. from "rock" to "soul") would also aid rapid update and improvement in the integrity of the library
Pre 2.0 with import via auto import folder there was an option to choose between quick import and import. The import option created a folder in the file structure "high-res", "cd-quality" or "compressed" according to the quality of the music files. New files were sorted Artist/Album...
It is absolutely essential to get this option back in InnuOS 2.0. Without, you have to manually sort the files on the server. Absolutely annoying!
I agree...bring back the tidy database and ability to identify duplicates.
The tags I need to apply in bulk are:
- album artist
- cover (photo)
- lyrics (I use this for comments about the recording across tracks)
I would like the ability to remove those tags I do not use on a permanent basis. This would make a search by tag far easier.
Can we bring back the ability to store music in a artist / album folder structure. I appreciate the change to perhaps not use quality at the top level, but right now auto-import means all files are unstructured / end up in individual import folders and then artist / album, which makes it even worse :-(
I know this feature is being discussed to move in bulk, however, would be good to not have to do this manually all the time...
Right now, the only way appears to be to import.... delete the album (but save the files)... manually put the files in the right place i.e. Artist / Album... then refresh / reindex the music DB (not ideal).
Please note with innuOS 2.0, you can actually copy the files / folders directly to the folder you want and this will be automatically added to the library - no need for rescan anymore. Auto-Import is useful if you want to use it as a "shopping cart" - pick some music and copy it there until you're done and want to import. It's also useful when it's a quick import and you want the ability to delete what you imported afterwards.
thanks Nunio - I didn't realise that ... so just to be clear ... instead of moving my files to Auto-Import (as I used to do in v1) you mean I now move them to Music/cd-quality (or compressed or hires) and it will do the rest ?? ... or do I have to move it within the Artist sub folder within cd-quality etc ... sorry - I'm a bit confused by this
oops Nuno misspelling :-o
I hadn't noticed that sense automatically polled the folders this is definitely a good feature.... I've noticed that changing album names post import now also does not update the respective folder name - is this intentional?
Not sure if this is a bug or intentional. Prior to v2.x when auto-importing, you had the option to allow music to be automatically placed in the correct file structure i.e. music / cd quality / album / artist (for example). This option does not seem to exist anymore, and all the auto imports go into it's own folder i.e. / music / auto import date / album / artist. This makes your library unorganised / untidy. Can we get the option back?
Agree that having Artist/Album structure (as held when cds are ripped) is a really tidy way to hold the underlying files.
Previously, having this structure for the 3 files “types” cd/compressed/hires was also a very easy way to see the data held following import when viewing via Finder / file manager.
I hope you can re-introduce the feature to move imports into the 3 file types as part of the planned library management update
Sounds good to me, it is a pain changing them individually.
Definitely would like "Automatically organise the folder structure according to Artist/Album folder structure" as there is no way to organise at the moment during auto-import :-(
Bulk update of genres would also be super useful, as would album artists
This would be a good place to change the spelling of an artist, composer, conductor etc...
Organising automatically based on Artist/Album brings a number of issues during importing as there can always be something with files that then causes the import to be interrupted, which is annoying when you're importing a very large import. Instead, we add the option to allow to perform this organisation later. The previous version would also separate albums with mixed formats which isn't great.
Check this feature and let me know if that would suit instead: