Can I tag mp3 file such a way that banshee or rhythmbox music player can recognize the multiple artist separately. Right now the different artist are showing together like Arijit Singh & Harshjeep. I mean banshee is recognizing the whole entry as a separate artist, not individual one. So I can't effectively filter music using artist's name.

  • Consider easytag to batch edit ID tags on mp3s. That's all it does, but it does it well. Create a copy of some of your music files to practice on. It's easy to change a whole lotta tags in a very short time.
    – Marc
    Jul 10, 2013 at 22:05
  • I don't think there's such a feature (currently). You can choose one of the artists as a "main" one. The "main" artist's name you add it to the artist field of the track, the featured artists' names you write between parenthesis in the song title: Artist: Arijit Singh, Title: TheSongTitle (feat. Harshjeep). Not optimal but close, I think.
    – edwin
    Jul 10, 2013 at 22:43
  • @Marc I can edit tag, that is easy. My question was what delimiter should I use to separate different artist so that rhythmbox or banshee can recognize them separately.
    – Apurba
    Jul 11, 2013 at 12:18

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I can't answer re: Rhythmbox, but this is a known bug in Banshee, and has been for some time. There is no satisfactory workaround. Banshee's behaviour is as follows:

If there are multiple Artist tags on a file (achievable with, exempli gratia, an external tag-editor) it will concatenate them, using a delimiter to treat them as a single tag. As I recall, this delimiter is a semicolon, although I could be wrong (I don't actually have a local music library with which to check...). Banshee will then treat the resultant text ("artista; artistb") as the artist tag.

When Banshee encounters an artist tag, including one it's just constructed, that contains a delimiter, it does no special processing on it at all and treats it as the single-artist artist tag.

Yes, it's a pain. No, I don't know what can be done about it. Sorry.


I don't know about you, but the thought of editing tags for several thousand tracks one by one is beyond what I'm willing to do. easytag has bulk editing which allows you to change one field of one or ten or a thousand tracks at once without disturbing any other tags.

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    Downvoting, admittedly some time later, because as far as I can tell this is an answer to a different question (one of editing metadata tags on many tracks, rather than of setting multiple artists on a single track, the latter being what the question was actually about).
    – Darael
    Sep 1, 2013 at 18:36

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