I'm a recent convert to MP3Tag and am still learning just how powerful a tool it is. I was a long time user of Tag&Rename which I liked very much but I see that MP3Tag is quite a bit more flexible and gathers much more information. I like that.
Anyway I am stuck for how to tag compilations, tracks with featured artists, and tracks with multiple artists. This is something that's always bothered me and since I'm about to retag my entire collection I'd like to sort it out.
I am willing to go with a generally accepted standard if there is one, but I can't find it. I intend to follow the Uberstandard for most of my tagging because it's somebody's standard. Is there such a thing as a standard for various/multiple artist tags?
My media player of choice is Media Monkey (and my phone). One of the things I don't like about how some of my CDs are tagged is the long list of extra track artists. For example:
I have a 50 Cent CD with several different artists listed, here's an example of a few:
50 Cent feat Eminem
50 Cent feat Young Buck
I'm aware that Album Artist is meant to provide a "cleaner" way to browse through artists. What I wonder in the case of the 50 Cent album is if it makes more sense to assign multiple track artists:
50 Cent; Young Buck
I don't know how to do this in MP3Tag. In MediaMonkey you use a ";". More importantly, can MP3 tag do this automatically (separate artists using some kind of predefined separator)?
Along these same lines I have another example of an album that I don't know what to do with. Chicago - Music From the Miramax Motion Picture, Track 1, artists are:
Catherine Zeta-Jones Renée Zellweger Queen Latifah Richard Gere John C. Reilly.
- All of those people are not one artist. If I want to listen to every song I have by a certain artist it would be convenient just to search for their name, not their name and every variation of the artist lists that include their name.
- I really don't like the idea of tagging the track Catherine Zeta-Jones feat. Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly. When the track information is scrolling across an MP3 player or phone it's ridiculous to have that many artists listed. If using "featuring" in the track title is the standard I guess I could make it work but I hate it otherwise.
- I was thinking about listing each artist separately as I described above but I have these questions:
1. Will that throw off my track count in a Media Player? 2. If I shuffle my music do I have an increased chance of hearing the same song again because it is listed under multiple different artists?
I have plenty of other examples if they're needed. For now please tell me if there is a standard to follow for tagging various artist/ multiple artist compilations or how you do it.
Also, please tell me if MP3Tag can automatically tag multiple artists separately in a track and how I go about doing it. I plan to use Discogs or Musicbrainz for track information, not sure if that's relative to the process.
Thanks all for any help or advice you can give.