[Bug 319494] Re: Tracks in Various Artists Albums aren't grouped together

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On 2009-07-08T23:15:47+00:00 dju` wrote:

Version:           2.1.1 (using KDE 4.2.4)
OS:                Linux
Installed from:    Debian testing/unstable Packages

"Various artists" albums that have an "album artist" tag filled should appear
in the collection tab under the specified album artist, not under the "Various
Artists" generic name. In my case, these "album artist" tags are automatically
filled by Picard.

At the moment, when I'm looking for albums released by a DJ, I expand said DJ
name in the collection tab and only her "official" releases are shown there. I
also have to search under "Various Artists" to see her mix or compilation
releases, which I find inadequate and rather difficult since her name is not
displayed there.

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On 2009-08-02T00:46:04+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 90095 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-08-02T20:07:49+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 184612 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-08-03T10:38:45+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 195661 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-08-03T11:30:53+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 137756 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-08-03T11:31:49+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 109084 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-08-03T16:05:30+00:00 Dario Panico wrote:

this bug should be intended as "problems handling various artists name" or multiple artist per song
i really don't think it is a duplicate of bug #90095

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On 2009-08-03T22:57:58+00:00 Andrew Ash wrote:

Per Myriam's bug triage report on the mailing list yesterday [1], it
appears that this bug has become the meta-bug for tracking the various
artist issue that Amarok has now.

The same issue is popping up in Ubuntu's bug tracker several times as
well [2].  I'm linking that bug to this one, for easier communication
between upstream and downstream.

Let's work together to try to get this mess fixed!

[1] http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/amarok-devel/2009-August/004521.html
[2] https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/amarok/+bug/319494

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On 2009-08-26T22:54:00+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 205236 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-11-06T14:44:13+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

Changing version. Since I don't use that tag at all, can somebody
confirm this is still valid in current 2.2-git?

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On 2009-11-10T19:04:51+00:00 Tchokurov A.G. wrote:

(In reply to comment #9)
> Changing version. Since I don't use that tag at all, can somebody confirm this
> is still valid in current 2.2-git?

yes, it's

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On 2009-11-10T20:05:43+00:00 Robert Grønning wrote:

*** This bug has been confirmed by popular vote. ***

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On 2009-11-10T20:07:46+00:00 Robert Grønning wrote:

Why remove me from CC?

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On 2009-11-10T20:33:19+00:00 Dario Panico wrote:

me too?

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On 2009-11-11T10:30:25+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

Alex, why did you remove all those people from the CC?

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On 2009-11-12T10:36:23+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 214229 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2009-11-28T19:47:43+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

Setting target.

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On 2010-04-03T11:32:10+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:

Created attachment 42455
ID tag example

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On 2010-04-03T11:34:37+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:


Please see my attachment. This is still an issue in Amarok 2.3.0.


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On 2010-09-14T15:27:18+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

This should be solved in the upcoming Amarok 2.3.2.

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On 2010-09-22T12:18:41+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:

Created attachment 51879
Example mp3 music file

It seems that you have different testing data that me (us?). You can
check ID tag in KID3. Amarok still takes Album Artist as the Artist.

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On 2010-09-22T12:21:59+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:

This bug is unfortunately still present. Please reopen this issue.

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On 2010-09-22T14:35:13+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

Sorry, but I think there is some confusion on your behalf: in your file, the Album Artist is set to "Various Artist" for exactly that purpose: to make it show under Various artists and not under the individual artist, since it is part of a various artist compilation. If you don't want that, don't set it.
There is another bug not showing the Artist in the Various artists compilations in the Collection browser, but that is a completely different bug: #228876

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On 2010-09-22T22:15:25+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:

Perhaps it is really misunderstanding on my part but I have double
checked and my playlist is displaying Album artist tag instead of
Artist. I have checked my layout if I've included Album artist instead
of Artist. It seems that I am using Artist in my layout, however my
playlist displays Album artist. Are we talking here about the same

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On 2010-09-22T23:28:51+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

Album artist is used for compilations, and it is correctly read and used to filter the track into Various Artists. If you don't want it to filter that, then remove that tag entry.
The fact that the artist name is not displayed in the various artist track is another bug, see my earlier comment.

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On 2010-09-26T16:09:16+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:

Created attachment 52005

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On 2010-09-26T16:09:53+00:00 Damijan-bec wrote:

Thanks Myriam,

Would you please confirm that the bug you are referring to (#228876) is
also valid for the playlist layout? Because in playlist layout Artist
tag displays Album artist tag (which is wrong behaviour).

Would you be also so kind and reconfirm the bug number as it seems that
#228876 is not relevant bug report.I've searched 'Various artist' and
found 15 bugs which none of them seems relevant. Just to make it sure
please see my attachment of the playlist layout. All relevant info is
marked with red square.

I have tested the same file (the one from the attachment) in plenty of
other media players:

Dragon player,

and all of them are showing this tag correctly. They are showing Artist
tag and not Album artist tag like Amarok.

Also all ID tag viewers/editors (Kid3, EasyTag, Mediainfo, Entagged)
correctly show actual Artist under Artist tag and not Various artist
from the Album Artist tag.

If you think/believe that this is not the same bug then I will report another one.

I can enclose sample of this file I have tested with but it has the same
information as the one i've attached in one of my previous posts.



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On 2010-12-11T17:54:17+00:00 Audun Bugge wrote:

I think this bug has returned in 2.4 beta 1.

I have tried this with two albums ("Dj Kicks: Erlend Øye" and "Ratatat
Remixes vol 2"), they both show the same behaviour:

When album artist is set, they show up under each individual track
artist. If I select album -> show under various artists, the album
artist tag is cleared from the files (which would make some sort of
sense if the actually showed up under album artist correctly). If I try
to set album artist again, I'm back to square one with the tracks spread
out over several artists.

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On 2010-12-12T02:40:29+00:00 Ralf-engels-j wrote:

the whole behaviour is a little bit tricky. By definition (Amaroks definition) a compilation has no album artist.
Which explains why your album artist is cleared if you select "show under variouis artists".

Another behaviour is; if you sort your collection by album/artist or
artist/album, then the artist in question is always the album artist and
not the track artist.

Another behaviour is that, if no album artist is set, then the track
artist is used as album artist.

To make a long story short: please scan the directories in question with
the amarokcollectionscanner application and attach the output here
(please don't scan your whole collection, the result would be too large
for a bug entry).

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On 2010-12-12T02:58:47+00:00 Audun Bugge wrote:


Thanks, your answer provides a good explanation, and a workaround/fix:
If I click the wrench icon in the collection panel and select "first level" -> "album artist" everything seems to work as expected. I just wasn't aware that this option was available. If I select "Artist / Album" from the drop down, the collection is sorted by track artist (in contrast to album artist as I think you think it should be?). I guess this behavior makes sense as it is, but maybe album artist would be a more reasonable default option?

The clearing of the album artist field makes perfect sense, but maybe a
warning would be appropriate?

I'm pasting the first entry of the output in case it still matters:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<scanner count="1">
    <!--Created by amarokcollectionscanner 2.3.90onSun Dec 12 02:43:24 2010-->TagLib: MPEG::Header::parse() -- Invalid sample rate.
TagLib: MPEG::Header::parse() -- Invalid sample rate.

        <path>/home/audun/mp3/E/Erlend Øye/2004 DJ-Kicks</path>
        <rpath>mp3/E/Erlend Øye/2004 DJ-Kicks</rpath>
            <path>/home/audun/mp3/E/Erlend Øye/2004 DJ-Kicks/01. So Weit Wie Noch Nie.mp3</path>
            <rpath>mp3/E/Erlend Øye/2004 DJ-Kicks/01. So Weit Wie Noch Nie.mp3</rpath>
            <title>So Weit Wie Noch Nie</title>
            <artist>Jürgen Paape</artist>
            <albumArtist>Erlend Øye</albumArtist>
            <album>DJ Kicks: Erlend Øye</album>

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On 2010-12-12T10:24:31+00:00 Ralf-engels-j wrote:


Now We just need to improve the stupid level selection. Nobody understands that.
Not unless you read the code, and even the code is very complex.

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On 2010-12-12T13:06:55+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

Reopening based on latest comments.

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On 2010-12-12T13:07:58+00:00 Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

*** Bug 259576 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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On 2011-09-29T18:29:10+00:00 Ivan D Vasin wrote:

does it make sense to change "First Level --> Album Artist" to be the
default?  i can think of several reasons for it, and none against it.
most importantly:

  * with "First Level --> Artist", it's painstaking to put an album
under "Various Artists" (for reference, or for playing the whole album
in order) unless the track artist is the same throughout the album.
with some genres and release types, seeing different track artists
within an album is the most common case.

  * users are typically more likely to know the album artist than the
particular combination of collaborating artists on each track.

  * having tens or hundreds of albums under "Various Artists" makes it
impractical to browse them without filtering.  sorting the first level
by album artist reduces the count, especially with well tagged tracks.

perhaps the level selection can be made clearer, or perhaps the sorting
can be improved by some redesign.  i think those improvements should be
the topics of separate bug reports.  until then, changing the default
dimension for first level sorting would provide a major improvement for
most users.

i also suggest renaming "First Level --> Artist" to "First Level -->
Track Artist" to avoid ambiguity and confusion.  after all, album
artists are also artists.

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On 2012-01-16T17:46:22+00:00 Matěj Laitl wrote:

Renaming the bug, I think that all mentioned problems had a root in
somehow unfortunate default Collection browser display mode. (correct me
if I'm wrong)

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On 2013-04-17T22:09:24+00:00 dju` wrote:

It seems that it still does not work when compilation is set. The album
appears under Various Artists instead of the album artist name.

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