To answer your question ...
see forum FAQs
(for creating actions): /t/967/1
and for your particular problem: /t/967/1
modify the settings of the example that you select the field
and add as format string:
%title% - %artist%
... but I wouldn't do it.
It is a much better idea to leave the artist as it is and fill the Albumartist tag instead as this used by iTunes and WMP (and others) to group albums together.
Also: if you join artist and title into the title tag then it is fairly difficult to separate them again... So please think twice.
To add a certain string to a field you use the same type of action e.g.
You have to select the files that should be handled by an action and then execute the action.
I know that it is a little extrange to put the title and artist together, but when you have a compilation of 100 songs in one album, in the ipod you will get a 100 diferent albums for the same name CD.
And it is crazy.
I have try to do it by my self with the F.A.Q. and I couldnt do it by myself. Also to do it as you told me I need to change the language (spanish) in to english.
About what you tell me:
... but I wouldn't do it.
The file of the mp3 has: number song - song - artist.mp3
So if I delete all the tags of the songs, I will be able to restore from the file name the tags, it is right?
This is exactly what you avoid when you fill the albumartist. Give it a try.
Set Albumartist to "Various", keep the artist and title as they are, update your library in iTunes
To ease your way of manipulation:
Open the Extras:Options, go to to tag panel
there add the tag albumartist from the list.
Save these settings.
This addes entry field in the tag panel allows you to enter the albumartist for all the selected tracks in one go. Don't forget to save the modification by pressing Ctrl-S (or the button in the toolbar).
If you want to adapt your filenames, use the Converter Tag - Filename.
Enter a mask like this:
$num(%track%,3) _ %artist% _ %title%
The rather complicated construction "$num(%track%,3)" sets all tracknumbers to 3 digits so that the "1" becomes "001" and therefore the files are sorted in a proper way.
It much wiser to keep the relevant information in dedicated tags instead of merging into one field. Esp. the iPod will display the tracks properly if you fill the tags.
If you have all teh data in the filename already then go ahead and import it into the appropriate tags.
Use the Converter filename - tag.
if your example is right then a mask that looks like the follwowing should put the data into the right tags:
The built-in preview function should show you which data ends up in which tag.
If it does not match then play around the blanks and hyphens.
Or post another example and probably the forum will try to help you.
For itunes, you should also consider adding a tag field to all these assorted files for compilations. This is a tag: COMPILATION and the value should be "1" (without the quotes). And in at least most ipod players, there is an option somewhere that says something like "group compilations". This will show the compilation albums separately without showing a separate album for each of the artists within the compilation album.
Also, keep in mind that itunes doesn't automatically pick up tag changes. There are various ways to make this happen. But the easiest way may be to simply "remove" the files from your itunes library then add them back. This will force itunes to read the file tags again and update its internal database.
So bottom line: The multiple artists, single album files should have ARTIST = to actual artist, ALBUMARTIST = Various, and COMPILATION = 1.
About itunes is true, the thing that I do is give points to all the tracks, and the changes on tracks appear, and then take out the points.
I dont like to give points.
Also if you remove all the files your Playlist desapears...., and playlist is the only option to optimice space in the ipod and dont get the same files several times.
I have all the information of the itunes in a different hard drive, not the c:, and also I made back-ups of the itunes information, and of course of the music, until I discover this program I get a lot boring time changing the tags.....
There are java-scripts around that force iTunes to re-read the tag information so that you don't have to do it.
This may take some time, depending ont the library size, but has the benefit that all the volatile information is kept.
Have a look at this thread concerning iTunes library update
Now I understand very well your explanations, specially this one:
When I read it I say why put _, instead - , now that I'm using the tag to change titles with artist disc like you tell me too many songs has in the tittle -, so when I am changing I got problems with artist and tittle.....
Men as I told you, you are a CRACK, you have so many expirience with this program since the 2009.
Thanks a bunch for the merits. But in fact it is Florian who has thought of all the functions before. I just use them.
I'm glad if you become more and more convinced of this program. So, perhaps you let Florian participate in your joy, moneywise.
I think dano wanted to show you that if you apply a $num(,1) to the number 2/3 (which means generate only one digit) it will "cut off" the "/3" and leave the 2.
So, in your case if you never have more than 9 discs i a set, it is safe to apply dano's suggestion but insert the variable for disc instead of the 2/3
Append the string from the original "disc post"
(I do not think that there is a tag called %disc% unless it is user-defined)
No, please, no new post, you should read the Mp3tag help manual and try out the several abilities of the $num function for yourself.
If you will try it out for yourself ...
Select any dummy test file with a TRACK field content displayed like 'track/totaltracks'.
Open the converter "Tag - Filename".
Type into the edit field this Formatstring:
See the preview of the result: 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000005.mp3 Do not be confused by the added string '.mp3'.
We have misused the converter just for our experiment to get a preview from Mp3tag.
Next trial. Type into the edit field this Formatstring:
See the preview of the result.
Cancel the converter dialog.
The conclusion is ...
... if you code a Formatstring like $num(%TRACK%,69), then for example with TRACK containing the value '5/8' the expected result will be a rather long literal like this ...