Lowlander wrote:Are you using MediaMonkey 188.8.131.522?
Yes, I am. Updated straight from MM3 to that release and then cleared my database and rebuilt it.
I don't fully remember the default sorting in MM3 but I used to have it set at something like Album Artist/Album > Year > Disc Number > Track Number. That way my music would be sorted primarily by Album Artist and then displayed with their oldest releases first and newest released later (with disc number and track order respected too).
Now, when I'm in the "Entire Library" window (or a specific location) I can get MM4 to do that if I sort by "Album Artist" and then Ctrl+click "Year". HOWEVER, as soon as I go to another part of MM4, say for example, a playlist, or do a search in the search bar, when I go back to the full library the order has gone random.
For example, I'm looking at it now and as I look at Artist or Album Artist it seems to go:
A Aa Ab ... ... Ay // Al ... ... Ay
Ca Cc ... ... Cy // Ca ... ... Cu
So basically it sorts the majority from Aa --> Az and then sorts a smaller subset AGAIN from Aa --> Az. And this trend continues for every letter of the alphabet. In fact, if I close mediamonkey and open it again it sometimes sorts a single letter into even more subsets.
I can see no relationship between which ones are sorted first and which ones are sorted second. It is also not consistent among artist names - so a few of an artists albums may be in one subset, and other albums in another subset. Even artists with similar names may be in different subsets - "Ayaka" and "Ayaka Hirahara" for example. I am a pretty meticulous tagger and there appears to be no trend in whether or not it has a discnumber, whether "artist" and "album artist" fields match (they almost all do), the year, or whatever.
I should also add that when I do leave the window and come back again (say if I type something in the search bar and then delete it) the column titles still show the exact same "depressions". So album artist and year columns are highlighted with the arrows pointing up, but the ordering has changed.
I don't really care if mediamonkey has some bizarre default sorting thing but the annoying thing is that it doesn't seem to remember its sort order when if I leave that window at all!
If it means anything, my full library size is 58000+ but I normally look at a subset which is 32000+ songs.