(2016-05-22 02:06)Brian B Wrote: And what is "best practice" for compilations/ soundtracks? What about single tracks that are not on any album?
Also, I would like to retain a year for each song and be able to search the library and see every song from say...1982. What is the best way to tag for this? Is it best to just do a filename search and put it in the file...ex. Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1982) ?
Or...should I make it Artist: Soft Cell, Title: Tainted Love, Year: 1982? Do I also need to put Albumartist= Soft Cell for singles (my current practice)?
I would say that for compilations the best practice is like this:
\ACDC\Back In Black\
\ACDC\Back In Back\01 - Back In Black.mp3
\Various Artists\Best Of The 80s\
\Various Artists\Best Of The 80s\01 - Relax.mp3
The key here is to tag your media with the ALBUMARTIST as 'Various Artists' but the individual track (relax.mp3) ARTIST tag by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
By doing this, you are correctly tagging the song artist using the ARTIST tag, and denoting that the overall ALBUMARTIST is by 'Various Artists'
Now - you can choose how you to name a compilation ( I use 'Various Artists', but you could choose 'Compilations' or any name you like, just as long as you are consistent with the naming convention.
If you want a specific designation for soundtracks, you could label the ALBUMARTIST as 'Soundtracks'.
This technical is arguably the best practice as it's easy to understand and implement via your tagging software, and it works well on the filesystem too.
If your tagging software also likes to organise your files based on the tags, please make sure it's using ALBUMARTIST in any folder structure and not ARTIST (very important!)