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Is there anyway to have PowerDVD display Album Artist instead of Artist when the "Artist" button is selected in the top left navigation?

Here is my problem with the logic. The Artist button displays Artist > Album which causes an Artist with a single song on a compilation item to be lists and extends the list. This duplicates the same functionality available under the "Songs" button. You can choose Songs and then sort on artist to find all the songs.

I would prefer, which is implemented in other library programs, Artist uses "Album Artist" and compilation albums are displayed under "Various Artists" which is the accepted tagging. In my view, this cleans up the Artist > Album taxonomy of an artist selection and does not eliminate the ability to use "Songs" to search compilation albums for singles.
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Quote Is there anyway to have PowerDVD display Album Artist instead of Artist when the "Artist" button is selected in the top left navigation?

Here is my problem with the logic. The Artist button displays Artist > Album which causes an Artist with a single song on a compilation item to be lists and extends the list. This duplicates the same functionality available under the "Songs" button. You can choose Songs and then sort on artist to find all the songs.

I would prefer, which is implemented in other library programs, Artist uses "Album Artist" and compilation albums are displayed under "Various Artists" which is the accepted tagging. In my view, this cleans up the Artist > Album taxonomy of an artist selection and does not eliminate the ability to use "Songs" to search compilation albums for singles.


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Hi blackcoffee,

The Artist button does not duplicate the functionality available under "All Songs" button.

"All Songs" displays all titles ordred alphabetically.

"Artist" displays Album which causes an Artist with a single song on a compilation.

"Albums" displays Albums in an alphabetical order.

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Quote Hi blackcoffee,

The Artist button does not duplicate the functionality available under "All Songs" button.

"All Songs" displays all titles ordred alphabetically.

"Artist" displays Album which causes an Artist with a single song on a compilation.

"Albums" displays Albums in an alphabetical order.

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Hicham


I guess I didn't phrase it properly. Currently, there is no way to sort by Album Artist. I have used other libraries, Windows Media Player for example, and the artist sort is by album artist which groups the Albums under the Album Artist name. With that functionality you assign an "Album Artist" that is "Various Artists" that represents compilations. Programs like Tag/Rename are very helpful in maintaining libraries. So, if you want a compilation album, you go to Various Artitsts and find them. Likewise, Album Artists sorts do not list Albums with single songs. This is the functionality that works for some people.

As you note, if a person needs to find all songs by an artist, across all albums (including compilation), you can select all songs from the top bar menu and then click on the "Artist" column to find all songs with the same "Artist" tag to include those residing on compilation albums.

The functionality that is not currently available in PowerDVD, that would be available if Album Artist is a sort field, is the ability to generate a grouping of all compilation albums. Sure You can display individual albums, but then your entry level is Albums with no grouping that puts compilation albums in one location. This problem is mulitplied when you are looking for compilation albums of a specific genre like "Various Classical Artists" or "Various Jazz Artist". Other than searching through a list of Albums and having these compilation albums scattered throughout the list, the ability to group on "Album Artist" in a well constructed and maintained library puts these albums together.

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Just a quick tickle to this topic.

It is 2019 and things have not changed. I agree that sorting by what amounts to "Contributing Artist" is a problem for me. I have a large library that has been managed via Windows Media Player for years. While we're at it, a decent "List View" for Artists and Albums would be real nice. PowerDVD's clunky Media Database Management is one of the main reasons I have stopped recommending it to people who have large media collections.
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