Keyword eidt and search in WMP?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by PJW, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. PJW

    PJW Guest

    I'm just wondering if there's any way of doing something with my music
    collection in WMP (or any other player for that matter). I have a reasonably
    large collection of albums on my computer, and I would like to see a
    selection of them based on keywords, rather than characteristics (like name
    or yeear etc) or rating. For example, I might be in the mood for some
    acoustic, happy music, or some electronic music etc. Using genres is
    particularly unhelpful - that only allows one description of an album, where
    I would like perhaps 5 or 6 different keywords to describe it (and they might
    be unrelated to genre anyway!).
    Is there some way of doing this at the moment? If there is, let me know
    what it is, and if there's not, take this as a suggestion for upcoming

    PJW, Oct 19, 2006
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  2. You can have as many genres as you like for any track, as it's a
    multi-valued field like Contributing Artist and Composer. In v10, when you
    drag and drop a track onto a genre entry, it asks whether you want to
    replace or append to the current value (or you just enter them manually as
    "genre1; genre2; genre3; etc". v11 is much less friendly in this respect.
    Mike Williams, Oct 19, 2006
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  3. PJW

    PJW Guest

    Mmm... thanks. That's sort of helpful - I've tried using multiple genres for
    now. Now, is there any way of selecting the intersection of multiple genres,
    for example, I want to see all acoustic happy music, not acoustic sad music
    or happy electronic music. Is this possible somehow?
    As an aside, there seems to be a bug in WMP11 once you have multiple genres
    defined for albums - viewing the library by genre, then viewing one
    particular genre, the title at the top is wrong. But that's a pretty minor
    problem really...
    PJW, Oct 23, 2006
  4. You could theoretically create an auto playlist to handle the intersection,
    but WMP has a long-standing bug from earlier versions where it doesn't
    handle intersections as expected - it always does the union. In effect WMP
    adds each track to the query result to satisfy each condition, and doesn't
    check that the track has already satisfied a previous condition.
    Mike Williams, Oct 23, 2006
  5. Oh, and for the multiple genre per album issue, yes that's a consequence of
    v11 promoting a value per track field into the set of value per album fields
    in the Tile view. There's a more subtle yet annoying bug where the first
    Contributing Artist is promoted to the Album Artist field if the latter
    isn't filled in. That's responsible for many of the split-album cases.
    Mike Williams, Oct 23, 2006
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