[mythtv-users] Mythmusic Compilations

Thomas Boehm mythtv-users at lists.boehmi.net
Sat Nov 24 16:37:09 UTC 2012

Jack McGee wrote:
> On 11/24/2012 09:01 AM, Roger Siddons wrote:
>> On Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:36:00 -0000, Jack McGee <jack at greendesk.net> wrote:
>> > The only way I have every got this to work is to import a CD and click
>> > the Compilation button. Otherwise, if I import files, they are filed by
>> > artist, not as a compilation.
>> >
>> > What is the MP3 tag that needs to be on these for import files to see
>> > these are a compilation.
>> The relevant code is
>> http://code.mythtv.org/trac/browser/mythtv/mythplugins/mythmusic/mythmusic/metaioid3.cpp
>> line 311.
>> Myth only recognises compilations from as defined by Musicbrainz. I'm
>> not familiar with it myself but it appears to insert custom tag fields
>> rather than use the 'standard' ones, for some reason.
>> So your easiest option is probably to re-tag your music using
>> Musicbrainz. Alternatively you could investigate the Musicbrainz
>> tagging conventions (ie. use Musicbrainz on a test compilation and
>> inspect the resulting tags) & replicate that in your library. The
>> special compilation code is 89ad4ac3-39f7-470e-963a-56509c546377
>> apparently.
> OK, the code says
> // If the MusicBrainz ID is the special "Various Artists" ID
> // then compilation is TRUE
> I don't see a tag "MusicBrainz ID"
> so I set tag "musicbrainz_albumartistid" to
> " Various Artists"
> and still Mythmusic does not recognize compilation. 

When I open Picard, I can see a tag "Compilation" with a value of "1"
for my Various Artists albums in there. I don't know what it translates
to in the resulting ID3 tags though.

Maybe you want to try out Picard. It's available for all platforms and
IMO the best tagger out there.


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