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Old 07-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Sort music by artist


A lot of my music is in one folder and i'd like to be able to sort by artist.

I am using Mint 16 with MATE desktop.

Thanks!
 
Old 07-07-2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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Pfew, that could prove to be a tall order. My guess would be looking for a program that allows A. to change the tags, and B. moves those files to the right folders. I believe iTunes did that for me back in the day. Not sure if other media players can do the same thing.

I guess you can also do it manually. But it depends a lot on the filenames of your files. If they go like artist - track.mp3. Then you could create a folder with said artist's name and move the relevant files there. But if they have names like Johndoe.mp3, then it could become quite impossible.

I'll have a look if I can find a program that works on Linux. Never gotten iTunes to run on Linux through Wine. I'm now using Foobar through Wine. And that one works pretty well. Editing tags is very fast, but I haven't found an option to move the files while tagging them.

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If it's just about the tagging of the files, any player with tagging capabilities will do. Or use a program like Easytag. It's in the Mint repos Enter stuff like artist, track name, album, genre etc. in it, and have the files import to your music player. And you can easily sort stuff from there on

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Old 07-07-2014, 03:28 PM   #3
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Any decent audio player (ex. KDE's Amarok) will do this provided you have the tags (Album Artist in your case) filled in.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:54 PM   #4
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Hey, thanks guys. It looks like using the 'media library' function of vlc will solve my problem.

It's just i've used windows so long i've got habituated. And using windows explorer + the drop-down 'enqueue in winamp' function worked really well for me.

But it's looking like this way will work good too, and i won't have to reorganize all my music (although some files i ripped from cd now won't play, and a few files have no identifying info after the switch to linux.)

Again, thanks for the thoughts. Looks like for me this is less a technical issue and more an issue of getting used to change :-)
 
Old 07-07-2014, 11:55 PM   #5
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Glad to here you've cracked it. As a service to others please mark this thread as [SOLVED]. You can use the Thread Tools menu located above your first post in this thread (see the attachment).
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:41 PM   #6
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Hi,

Unfortunately I've been having troubles with VLC again. I can get the "Media Library" function to work and display all my music.

However, after I'm done and reboot the computer, the next time I load VLC, there is a problem.

Even though I can see my music, when I try to play it, VLC freezes up and I get an error. I have to force quit the application.

"vlc is unable to open the MRL..... No such file or directory."

If I delete the directories in my "Media Library," then add them back into VLC, it works again.

One thought i had is that i may have created this accidentally. I remember i moved a file around within the VLC media library between directories. Then i realized that the media library isn't a file manager that can change files on my hard drive. I only did this at the beginning when i was still figuring things out. Not sure if this caused the error or maybe a coincidence.


Any thoughts?

Thanks!
 
Old 07-29-2014, 11:38 PM   #7
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Doing a search for your problem is always a good starting point. I searched using "vlc is unable to open the MRL" as my search phrase. This result may be of help. I'm sure there are others if it doesn't.

If all else fails, you might simply restart from scratch. Purge vlc and then reinstall it and repeat what you did before without moving files around within the media library.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:09 PM   #8
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Yeah i usually do a search before asking, sorry about that.

Thanks for looking for me. My internet is wireless and hasn't been working on the linux pc for a while. Once i get that problem solved i'll try reinstalling vlc.
 
  


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