Let me first apologize because I’m a total newbie with Beets and still discovering all it’s possibilities. And my first impressions are that they are vast and incredible. Really hyped about it. So thanks a lot for developing Beets!
I’m trying to find out how I could work with multiple versions of the same album with different codec/bitdepth/bitrates.
Let me take my Paul Simon folder as an example. With the default Config file I get the results on the right of the screenshot. I chose of course to ‘Keep’ versions and I’m trying to find out a solution to do this more precise.
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Let me start with the more easy part I guess.
For the album ‘Stranger to Stranger’ I have multiple versions:
- FLAC 16/44
- FLAC 24/96
- MP3 320
Is there a way to keep those specific codec/bitdepth/bitrate versions in their own respective folder with a visual clue as to which codec/bitdepth/bitrate version it is whilst auto-tagging them with Beets and copying them to a new music directory? Currently I’ve used ‘Keep’ but then the [xx] gets added because it’s essentially the same album. How do others do this?
Another more challenging question I guess is how you go about ‘remastered’ version, deluxe versions with bonus tracks etc, combined with the codec/bitdepth/bitrate challenge mentioned earlier.
- Which plugin (if any) would be able to differentiate between a regular and remastered release?
- Is there a way to add those special release information like (remastered and bonus) to the name of the album folder? And how?
The essence is that I would like to be able to keep different versions and being able to differentiate visually between these versions while having Beets also tag and rename files properly where necessary.
I do realize that adding extra information to Album titles doesn’t really please the eyes so I’m also welcoming suggestion how to go about this in different ways.
Thanks for any ideas, and sorry if this warrants a RTFM.