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Tab for sorting by date added & Custom Library Folder structure
pietz
post Oct 9 2012, 07:06
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good morning,

im currently trying to find a program to replace Songbird 1.9, which is kinda outdated but featured a few things that arent possible in the latest version. on the way i tried Helium Music Manager, which was pretty good at first but then messed up quite a few things. so now i want to try the most functional program were you can control everything manually and foobar sounded like the way to go.

Im looking for two things in foobar that i cant hep to find. i did search the forum and google for answers, but the answers in other threads dont lead me anywhere, so here i go and ask myself:

1. How can i add a Tab (like Artist/Title/Album/Duration) to the library that sorts my music by the date i added them to the library. this is something really basic and i believe many people want to arrange their music here and then, so they see their last added tracks on top. i read a few threads about "%added" and "date_added%", so i right-clicked the tab bar->columns->more and then created a custom column with the name: "Date Added" and the pattern: %added% (also tried %date_added%). this doesnt work and only gives me questionmarks in the specific column. another thread answer said something about going to library->search and then a few other steps, but i cant even click the "Search" button, since its grayed out.

2. the second big thing is the reason i stayed with songbird 1.9. i listen to a lot of electronic music and one day noticed that "Albums" are really irrelevant to me. thats why i like to keep my music library folder in a different structure: Library/Artist/Title.mp3. i did read something about "file operations" but maybe because im new to foobar, i just couldnt understand it. i want all the music that i add by hand to foobar to move to my library with my own folder structure. any solutions for this?

and if someone has a link for a guide to change the ui elements it would be highly appreciated too. once im used to how foobar works it might be great, but right now it comes with a lot of questions...

big thanks in advance
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pietz
post Oct 11 2012, 07:05
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@aethelberht
yes! i actually tried both. first drag and drop and after that didnt work i used a different workflow through monitoring folders. the new song didnt show up on top because i was using "$date(%added%)" and since many other song were added that DAY, it just wasnt on top. now i use "%added%" which also shows the time and suddenly the song was on top, which makes sense!

wow Daeron youre great. i just changed my ALL Autoplaylist to a normal Playlist. Drag&Drop works now. Thinking about it this makes sense as well. why would i use an autoplaylist for this. i dont need it since clicking the Added Tab sorts them just the way i want!

my workflow now is drag&drop new music to my ALL Playlist. hit Cntr+A, hit my file operations Preset, Boom. Organized!

thank you guys so much, especially of course you Daeron. i will now start getting into modifying the UI. but with my basic structure set up, im really happy right now!
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