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Tab for sorting by date added & Custom Library Folder structure
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im currently trying to find a program to replace Songbird 1.9, which is kinda outdated but featured a few things that arent possible in the latest version.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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post Oct 9 2012, 09:11
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Use 'Preferences/Components/Install'. It is possible to install manually, but chances are you put it in the wrong folder.

This post has been edited by Daeron: Oct 9 2012, 09:12
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post Oct 9 2012, 19:40
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ok i tried what you said. some things worked others didnt as i wanted them to.

by installing the component your way the tags showed "N/A" instead of a "?". then i searched "ALL" from my library folder and created a new playlist which is sorted by "$date(%added%)". now the date and time was shown when i added them. i guess in that new playlist i created. but i dont want to do that everytime i add a new song to my library. let me tell you a little more specific what i need foobar to do and you just say if thats possible or not. because if not foobar isnt right for me smile.gif

i want to have my library as a list. as on of the sorting options i want the date when i added this specific song to my library. this library is located in a defined directory with a custom folder structure. whenever i add songs using drag and drop i want foobar to show me when it was added (right away without doing any new sorting options) and to copy this music file to my library folder using my predefined folder and title-name structure.

is this possible?

i mean all of this is basic stuff that even itunes can do. just show me right away when i added a track to my library. copying the new song to my predefined library is also very basic, i really didnt expect this to be such a great hassle with foobar. the only thing which makes it a little complicated and the reason why i dont use any major/normal music player is that i dont want the regular "Artist/Album/Song.mp3" structure but just "Artist/Song.mp3" and i believe thats possible with foobar, but my library changes day to day. and i dont want to launch any sorting commands or renaming commands by hand. i want foobar to do that automatically.

edit: sorry that this sounds a little frustrating, i truly am thankful for your help smile.gif

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