The “Columns” in Windows Explorer only display existing information.
If you use a dedicated tag editor, like Tagscanner
(http://www.xdlab.ru/en/download.htm) which is what I use…
you can see the tags in full and edit them along with changing file names to conform to a formula that you designate.
Personally I seperate my music files by folders.
The main folder is "mp3 music library"
Below that are “artist” folders
and within each artist folder are the individual album folders
You can use a “year” (release year) or a sequential numeral to
keep albums in order.
So the AC/DC song “Hells Bells” off of "Back in Black"
winds up with the full file path being:
G:\mp3 playback library\AC-DC\08 Back in Black (2003 RM)\001 Hells Bells.mp3
the fact that I put all my music files on “G:” is an inside joke that some may get
(But if you want an explanation, learn to live with disappointment)
But you should strongly resist the urge to create long (hyphenated) file names
for each track including the artist and album information, thaqt information should be in the id3tag, so all you really need is the track number and track title.
This is not to say that on idntifying tracks that I don’t use a lengthy
"temporary" file name until it’s in the folder I want it in… but TagScanner
is also a bulk file renaming tool… so after organizing them I can change them to short file names again.
But I depend on my folder/subfolder/file structure to keep my music files
THE tag field you are going to be most often adding is “Album artist”,
This field prevents the typical iTunes balkanization of your music folders
iTunes leaves “album artist” blank and so seperates any track with differing detail information in it’s own, often unique, folder.
Greatest hits albums are not only seperated from their artist folder, but individual tracks are placed into seperate folders based on release year.
for amusement you should look what iTunes does to the “40 Licks” greatest hits from the Rolling Stones.
Right this minute I’m just over 2/3 done organizing a customer’s music library.
IT was brought to me on a portable drive… all 187gb of it.
25-30% of it was duplicate files.
There were 1147 files with no identification of any kind except some were grouped together in a folder with sequential file numbers.
I’ve managed to identify, tag, imbed proper album art
(and of course organize them into folders) in all but 19 of those files.
And fourteen of them are an as yet unidentified Bootleg concert
what you have before you is a task that once completed will hopefully be a source of pride.