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I have huge SXSW compilation albums. They clutter Artists view. Clementine has an elegant solution for this — compilations are stored under Various Artists. How can I solve this in Banshee?

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I filed this as bug two years ago, it was already filed as bug 4 years ago and the developers don't care. I am not sure whether they just don't understand the problem or they are too agitated with new features. I gave up hope and use guayadeque for the moment. –  piedro May 1 '11 at 20:34
    
Sry, you google "banshee albumartist browser view" you should get some threads on it ... –  piedro May 1 '11 at 20:35
    
@piedro: I was wondering about this, why don't they just fix it, you know? –  RolandiXor May 1 '11 at 20:44
    
@piedro can you give a link to your bug report, please. Gonna do some raging in comment section. –  skfd May 1 '11 at 21:07
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To be honest, I don't find my own reports anymore, don't know why, just found my rhythmbox stuff. And a lot of entries in various forums. But you may look at these (there's hope): ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1647109 bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=540873 banshee-media-player.2283330.n4.nabble.com/… bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=624311 –  piedro May 1 '11 at 21:56

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Select your songs using shift+click then left click, choose edit track information, and choose "Various artists" for your songs. Then click the icon next to the artist.

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Keep in mind, if you have the option to save metadata to files enabled, that your files will have "Various Artists" as the artists! So disable this option in preferences (unless this is what you want).

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Roland's answer is in fact correct. I just did not get this immediately — I thought it would wipe Artist field. It actually writes data into Album artist field. Нowever, I think Various Artists problem needs a better solution. You can find reasoning for that in comment by @piedro above. I reported this as an [explicit bug][1], just to be sure request is documented. –  skfd May 3 '11 at 20:58
    
    
@skd: I agree, this bug needs to be sorted, I am similarly bothered by it :P –  RolandiXor May 3 '11 at 22:25

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