Topic: Option to automatically cluster by directory
I'm new to these forums and just started using MB yesterday. It is really helping me get my tracks organized.
Over the years, I've collected a lot of tracks from archive.org. I usually download these in zip files and then use a bulk unzipper to store each album in its own directory.
What I'm finding as I process these through MB is the implicit information of tracks being related by their existence in a common directory is lost. So if the tracks aren't recognized and grouped by MB I have (in the left-hand panel) a massive dump of about 2000 files without any indication of which ones might have a relationship based on where they exist on the drive.
Furthermore, if I have a track from a compilation that is also recognized as being on a full album, it seems like MB wants to move that to its own directory representing a single song in an %artist%/%album% hierarchy (where what I want is all tracks from the album I have downloaded in a Various Artists/%album% directory).
I know most people try to keep their music files in directories by album, so I can't be alone in this particular situation.
So what I was wondering is if there has been discussion of a feature that would add a few options when I run a lookup.
It would work something like this.
A checkbox would give me the option to choose an autoclustering option. Then, if I check the autoclustering option box, I can select on of the following three (possibly more) override options
1. Always cluster by storage location (in other words, a cluster for each directory which contains a track rather than moving the album to the right hand pane with 'gold' status. Not sure about what scenario would make this useful, but it seems like there would be some application if a user had a small number of albums he/she wanted to retag by hand.)
2. Cluster imperfect albums and unrecognized by directory (this would address the issue of albums with multiple artists)
3. Cluster unrecognized by directory