(2017-02-07 17:45)ronie Wrote: 1) if the 'prefer online info' setting is disabled, we pass the artistname to the artist scraper.
if the setting is enabled, we pass the artist mbid to the scraper.
why don't we always pass the mbid (if available) regardless of this setting?
2) if the album scraper returns no results, we completely skip the artist scraper. why?
3) if the 'prefer online info' setting is enabled, and 'show song and album artists' is enabled:
this causes the same artist being listed twice in your library if the artistname in your tags does not 100% match the artistname the scraper returns.
for instance "The B-52's" vs. "The B-52s":
3.1) i have all songs of an album tagged with artist "The B-52's"
3.2) we start the album scanner and it returns the mbid for this artist
3.3) we pass this mbid to the artist scraper and it returns info for "The B-52s" and kodi adds it to the db.
3.4) kodi now scans all songs for 'additional' artists. it finds "The B-52's" and checks if it's already in the db... nope
3.5) we pass "The B-52's" to the artist scraper and it returns info for whatever closest match it can find and kodi adds this artist to the db
#1. With the PR scraped album and artist mbids are stored. Hence having scraped an album, the mbids for the artists returned with the results are added to the db (if we didn't have them) and available for scraping the album artists, or for other addons to use to fetch art etc.
Of course the artists returned by the scraper can differ from those in the library. This could happen with the user has tagged with mbids but then edited (they do that), but even with album lookup by album and artist name this can happen too, especially with classical music [My example is Dvorak Symphony No. 7]. In that case when "perfer online nfo" is disabled, we can still store any returned mbids where the names match.
#2. I think the "why" was to avoid repeatedly trying to get artist data that Musicbrainz didn't have. For example say I have 3 albums by artist1 none of them in MB database, on scanning it would check the albums and go no further. Otherwise it would have requested artist for evey album and every song. Anyway with the PR it does scrape artists even if the album fails, but uses a list to ensure each attempt is made only once per run.
#3 I'm not so sure I have resolved this and need to do more testing. But I'm not sure I repeat it either. Assuming that the music has no mbid in tags, I just get The B52's replaced with whaever the scraper finds e.g. "The 'B' Girls". It mis-identifies wildly, not spotting "The B52's" is "The B52s"