Incorrect "Album" associations and other ID3v2 tag issues

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Jason, May 23, 2006.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest


    Is anyone else seeing issues in WMP 11 where tracks are being incorrectley
    associated with duplicate albums?

    For example, the album "Faceless" by Godsmack is in my collection and all
    associated tracks appear in all other media players under this 1 album (such
    as iTunes, MediaCenter etc.). For some reason, in WMP 11, the tracks are
    split into three seperate listings of this album. Tracks 1-4 are associated
    to 1 version of the album, track 5 to another and track 6-12 to yet another.

    I have checked the tags and verified there are no differances. WMP 11 does
    not even list any differances between the tracks so I am perplexed as to why
    it is split into 3 seperate instances of the album.

    Additionaly, the 3rd version of the album does not have the artwork
    associated as the other two do.

    I have also seen situations where all black is displayed for an album's
    artwork when artwork does infact exist and is properly associated to the
    tracks via the ID3v2 tag.

    I am a big fan of the new layout of WMP 11 but I am concerned about the tag
    issues as I have a rather large collection (100 + GB) of LEGAL MP3's which I
    devoted quit a bit of time into properly tagging.

    Jason, May 23, 2006
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  2. Jason

    Lordsmiff Guest

    I had a similar problem and what I found was that they files had different
    composers listed for the tracks and WMP11 split them into two albums. I used
    ID3-tagit to reset (and also view these tags) and they merged back into one
    album after I removed and re-added.

    Lordsmiff, May 23, 2006
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  3. Seems to be the rule rather than the exception.
    AFAICT (from statements made on this newsgroup) the track-grouping
    criteria has changed from Album Title + Album Artist to also include
    Year & Genre. This will cause problems for some parts of my collection
    (and auto-playlists) because I have albums (both purchased and compiled)
    where the Year and Genre are not identical for every track. For instance
    decade collections (where each song has its year of release), or albums
    with spoken-word tracks (which I exclude from playlists by avoiding
    tracks with certain genre-tags).
    And if you reassociate them in v11, then the artwork is lost from ALL
    I have 200GB+ of tracks ripped from my CD collection, but it seems that
    the team have made a conscious decision to abandon users who put the
    most work into their collections for a "mass audience".
    Mike Williams, May 25, 2006
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