How to merge two folders one with '&' and one with 'and' for same artist


Some albums by artists/collaborations with an ‘and’ or ‘&’ in there name are submitted with different spelling into MusicBrainz and therefore get filed into two folders instead of one during import. E.g.

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm

What would be a best practise to merge these two folder under the name

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

Thanks, Jan


You’ll want to import them together as one album. Here’s a relevant old thread from the mailing list:!topic/beets-users/EhJXmqWNr6o


Hi @adrian,

Thanks for pointing me to the Google Groups thread. But I guess that solution is for albums that span multiple discs. In my situation there are totally different albums by the same artists in each folder. Not the same album split over multiple folders. So adding them as one folder wouldn’t make much sense I guess.
Is there a trick to get both different albums filed under one folder.

Thanks, Jan


Oops; sorry—I misread your question. You can just use the modify command to change the artist. Type something like beet modify -a albumartist=something to change it.


Terrific that worked like a charm! Thanks.