I have updated a large number of files and their meta data using Picard. Unfortunately, Apple Music is sorting the music in ways I don’t want. This is due to Album Artist Sort Order and Artist Sort Order.
Picard is right, in that an artist should be [lastname, firstname]. But none of my other files are sorted that way and I am used to looking by first name.
I would like to go through my music files prior to importing them into Apple Music and just delete Album Artist Sort Order and Artist Sort Order. Unfortunately, when I import these files into Picard, Picard automatically updates / changes other meta data that I do not want to change.
Is there any way to just delete Artist Sort Order and Artist Sort Order without changing the other meta data?
The only thing I have come up with is to all all other meta data to the ‘Preserve Tag’ list.
You can disable that Picard automatically matches files to releases in Options > General, than the files stay on the left pane with their original metadata. Or you can drag matched files from the right pane back to unmatched files. Then you can delete only the tags you don’t want.
For tagging with MB releases, either unset the sort tags with a script as described above or set them to the unsorted value.
Thanks. I downloaded a trial of MP3TAG for the Mac. The sort metatags are located in the ‘Extended Tags’ option. I added artistsort, albumartistsort, and composersort with the the action of < blank >. That worked brilliantly.
I then dragged those few test files into Picard and checked, and those sort meta tags were gone. This will allow me to change my files in bulk.
The only odd thing is that Mp3tag apparently did something to ‘originalyear’ and ‘writer’. Picard read those tags as ‘ORIGINALYEAR’ and ‘WRITER’, deleted those and inserted ‘originalyear’ and ‘writer’ in their place.