So a few questions… I’ve used Picard to update a few 1,000 mp3’s, and it’s been a journey to say the least.
1. Why is it that “lookup” finds very little, even though we have the primary tags already in the file, Title, Artist, Album Name, etc.? To me, it should be the other way around, Lookup should find the specific Album we are looking for when the BASIC Tags are in the file already, and then Scan should ONLY be used for files that maybe aren’t as known, or some other issue, to find other albums, etc. To me, this system works backward?
2. I don’t get the point of “Cluster”? Sure, it groups files under an album, but it has no bearing on the Search Results, that I can tell? We still have to drag and drop files into the correct Album in the search results out of many albums found, such as below 6 being found.
3. On Scan/Lookup, why are many “other” albums found, even though we have the Album Title in the song in the file already? I mean, I can understand this being an “option”, to “expand” our search, but the primary search should match the files under the actual Album that the files are named under.
Take the screenshot below… 6 different results, files all mixed through them. And ironically, ALL of these files most of their tags have been filled up already by Picard. So, there should be no question what Album the files belong under (though to be clear, not using the specific MBZ Tags, but the issue is still the original question, lots of data that it should know what album the file belongs in, yet many other are found). Now, I do understand I can adjust the “amount” of results some with the “Sliders” in Settings, but still. I also understand find multi-albums can be useful in certain situations.
However, shouldn’t the program find the “correct” album, and THEN if we want to see other options we can “expand” the search or something?
The “Greatest Hits” album is the one all these songs belong with. Why isn’t the program just finding that initially, instead the files are split all over the place? Again, good option as a “next step”, but the default search should just find what we are actually looking for per the data already in the Tags.
Honorable mention… I also want to address as a “Newbie” in dealing with a music collection, tags etc., this has been a very painful process.
Instead of having like 15 Scripts (which were hard to figure out) and a million settings to change to try and get things right, the program should have a simple “allow/disallow” list, i.e. we should be able to “choose” what tags we want to see and what are updated/compared.
This definitely needs to be a future feature improvement with the program. It was an overly/unnecessary complicated process just to set the program up to do the basic job it should, see and update the tags we want. Scripts etc. are fine for the experts, but the basic feature set for the average user should be simple setup and usage. It also wastes time for people responding on the forum.
Unnecessary complexity is the bane of invention and performance…
Anyway, thanks for everything, I am happy with the product otherwise save things I’ve had issues with etc. Appreciate your alls work, and look forward to further improvement, especially with the Bugs and other Issues I’ve reported with the “Cover Art” system.