MythMusic Unknown Artists/album/etc

Have a MythTV related problem? Ask for help from other MythTV users here.

Moderator: Forum Moderators

Post Reply
TheCook
Newcomer
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:38 am
Australia

MythMusic Unknown Artists/album/etc

Post by TheCook » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:32 pm

Hello all,

I have all my music arranged in directories by music_root/artist/album/track with an image of the album art in the track directory called folder_large.jpg. For example:

Code: Select all

└── Wolfstone
    └── Year of the Dog-1994
        ├── 01-Holy Ground.mp3
        ├── 02-Ballavanich.mp3
        ├── 03-The Sea King.mp3
        ├── 04-Brave Foot Soldiers.mp3
        ├── 05-Double Rise Set.mp3
        ├── 06-White Gown.mp3
        ├── 07-Morag's Reels.mp3
        ├── 08-Braes of Sutherland.mp3
        ├── 09-Dinners Set.mp3
        └── folder_large.jpg
I scanned this structure for music and I have a large proportion of the tracks identified as "unknown artist" from an "unknown album", "unknown genre" etc. Consequently when I try to make a playlist, it is very hard to find many of the tracks I want. It is made specially difficult when the "unknown" is displayed by the full path (with most of it, including the actual title of the song, disappearing off the right of the screen).

Have I done something wrong? Is there something about the later versions of mythmusic that doesn't like this structure? Should I try to reset and scan again? If so, how?

User avatar
paulh
Developer
Posts: 436
Joined: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:09 pm
Great Britain

Re: MythMusic Unknown Artists/album/etc

Post by paulh » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:52 pm

Do you have ID3 tags in your mp3's?

Have you told MythMusic to ignore the ID3 tags?

TheCook
Newcomer
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:38 am
Australia

Re: MythMusic Unknown Artists/album/etc

Post by TheCook » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:17 am

Good question. What are ID3 tags?

I'll give it a go and see what happens... I scanned an empty directory to erase my music data and then rescanned (ignoring ID3 tags) and EVERYTHING is not recognised :evil: .

It's only a few hundred CDs... any hints on the best way to rip for the latest version of mythmusic?
- I tried to use the mythtv frontend and it crashed.
- Currently re-ripping some with Asunder to see if these get recognised.

LATEST NEWS
I just used EasyTAG to check out the ID3 data on some of the unrecognised CDs and found heaps of Japanese (or Chinese or whatever) characters. Looks like I may have some dodgy tags from stuff I ripped decades ago.

User avatar
paulh
Developer
Posts: 436
Joined: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:09 pm
Great Britain

Re: MythMusic Unknown Artists/album/etc

Post by paulh » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:13 am

Most music files you buy as downloads these days come with the metadata stored in a tag in the file. The metadata tells a player what the title, artist, album, track number etc are and many also include the coverart picture that some player can use.

Most ripping programs including MythMusic can also add the tag when the tracks are ripped from a CD. They can use the pattern of tracks on the CD to lookup the metadata from an online database. Sometimes that works well other times you may have to tweak the data to match.

The preferred way to have MythMusic scan your tracks is to use the metadata in the tracks tag but some users think that is bad since they can't be bothered to update or add the tag even though it's mostly automatic these days if you use one of the taggers that can use an online DB like Picard. For those users MythMusic can extract some limited metadata from the files path and filename using a templates you tell it to use like ARTIST/ALBUM/TRACK_TITLE.

Post Reply