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Playout Policy: Detection of "Same Artist"
In electronic dance music, artists often collaborate and that makes it hard for PlayIt Live to avoid playing the same artist too often with Playout Policy active. Example: It seems not to realize that "XX feat. AA", "XX vs. BB", "XX & CC" or "XX with DD feat. EE" is the same artist XX, because it only seems to compare the entire Artist entries. So I'd like a filter to be added that uses a list of stop words (pre-defined and tunable by users) hat make the Playout Policy more solid. "XX feat. AA" => " feat. " => XX, AA "XX vs. BB" => " vs. " => XX, BB "XX & CC" => " & " => XX, CC "XX with DD feat. EE" => " with "/" feat. " => XX, DD, EE
"This feature is now available in PlayIt Live 2.05 and PlayIt Manager 1.10"
Comment on this feature request:
Mark Hawkins commented
It's a good point but quite tricky to implement based on MP3 tag metadata. The most obvious way to do this (and it's usefulness extends beyond EDM) would be to allow an extended artist tagging. Thus "Paul McCartney" could be seen as related to "Beatles" in rotation rules. In some respects I suppose the problem is most acute with "producer" acts who bring in a guest singer per song and thus have every song with an apparently different "artist".
Rocky Principe commented
This is a very good addition that would benefit me as well.
Daniele Vretenar commented
Very good idea becoming more and more a main theme with all those featurings... ! (but even the well known Winmedia software don't allow this without having to do some tricky mindhacks)
Mark Phillips commented
Surely the Album Artist tag would be useful in this case. EG 10 different tracks by the same producer - it's the producer's Album so, using the example above, the Album Artist tag should be set to XX In real terms it means you can group all of the various artists involved in a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young greatest hits CD under the correct name but still show the individual track artist such as Crosby, Stills & Nash or Crosby & Nash correctly. If the metadata is correct (don't get me started on the doofusses who mark the discnumber field in multi-disc sets as 1/1, 2/2 and 3/3 instead of 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3) then you should be able to achieve your request easily with a "search album artist" option.