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Columns UI - Sorting "Various Artists"
Hello there, I'm using Columns UI with the NG Playlist panel.

One of the problems I'm having is with how Various Artists are sorted in the playlist.

My general sorting string looks like this:

Code: [Select]
$swapprefix(%ALBUM ARTIST%,The) - %DATE% - %ALBUM% - %DISCNUMBER% - %TRACKNUMBER% - %TITLE%


This puts everything in the right order and nicely ensure that anything with 'The' at the beginning appears in the right place in the playlist rather than in a giant 'The' section in amongst the Ts. The only problem is with the albums I have listed as being 'Various Artists' in the %album artist% field. I don't want these albums sorted according to date (the next sort item after album artist) as this is less useful to me than having them sorted according to their title.

How do I go about ensuring albums that are listed as being %album artist% 'Various Artists' are independently sorted according to title?

Many thanks in advance of your help!
  • Last Edit: 15 March, 2011, 12:35:43 PM by David Heath

Columns UI - Sorting "Various Artists"
Reply #1
Hmm ... think I might have it.

Is there a more subtle way of expressing:

Code: [Select]
$if($strcmp(%album artist%,Various Artists), %album artist% - %album% - %date% - %discnumber% - %tracknumber% - %title%, $replace(%album artist%,'The ',) %album artist% - %date% - %album% - %discnumber% - %tracknumber% - %title%)