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Rhythmbox offers (as it should by now!) the metatag "albumartist" in addition to "artist". But I don't see any way to browse by this property.

The offered views are: Browse by "artist - album", "genres - artist", "genre - artist - album".

How can another view like "genre - albumartist - album" be added? (this is the way itunes sorts, makes a lot of sense if you have about 220 compilation albums with a lot of "one hit wonder"-artists!)

Can't be that difficult, can it?

In case it's impossible, - is it possible to completely replace rhythmbox with another application that's able to do the above (which one?)?

thx for reading, piedro

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

This is a bug in Rhythmbox.

As for alternatives, BansheeInstall Banshee is very popular, so you could give this a try. I don't use it so I can't give you my experience of it but I hear it has the feature you want.

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I'm also trying out Guayadeque, new to the 10.10 repository (but available on 9.10 and 10.04 -…). Very happy so far. – johnc Oct 11 '10 at 22:08
thx for your comments! – piedro Oct 12 '10 at 0:18
I tried both: Banshee has the same flaw as lond as I can remember. I wonder: Doesn't it drive you nuts that ripping your "Kill Bill" soundtrack messes up your nice collection with artists like "[dialog]", "[No Artist]", "13 Cats" ... – piedro Oct 12 '10 at 0:24
Guayadeque is the way to go I guess it's just not finished yet. There's a lot of problems for me when importing my whole library and after that there's a lot of information missing that I have to fill in somehow again (nice musicbrainz support btw!) ... things like missing title length after importing some VBR-compressed files ... there's a lot still to do but they will sort it out, I'm sure. Just takes some time. But rhythmbox is around like ages and many people asked for albumartist sorting/browsing just I can't find a solution. the tag is there! - has to be very easy ... thx, p. – piedro Oct 12 '10 at 0:30
The correct bug is – Matt Alexander Feb 8 '12 at 22:58

CoverArt Browser

The Rhythmbox plugin CoverArt Browser provides for this ability - to browse by Album Artist:


This is in a tree view - the first column shows Album Artist Pictures - the branch shows the albums for that artist.

The plugin also provides for the ability to filter by genre/decades/ratings/track artists

To install, use my PPA and the package rhythmbox-plugin-coverart-browser as described in the linked Q&A:

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