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Introduction

The MediaMonkey library consists of all of the Media Files you've scanned into MediaMonkey organized and customized into Collections. Collections can consist of the entire library, or subsets of the library, each displaying in a customized manner. For example you can have one Collection for Classical Music that displays content by composer and another for Children's Music that displays by Album.

The contents of each Collection can be organized by various subnodes in the Media Tree. The subnodes are useful for browsing your Collection based on attributes such as Location, Title, Artist, Album, Genre, etc, or for making changes to a File Properties by dragging and dropping it between subnodes.


Settings

Use the ⋮ Menu button in the Media Tree to enable:

  • Show all subnodes if you wish to see the different Artists in the Artist node, the different Genres in the Genre node, etc.
  • Focus tree nodes when browsing when you want MediaMonkey select the node in the Media Tree corresponding to what is shown in the Filelisting when using features like Find more from same (found in the right click Context Menu of media files).
  • You can also Collapse the tree from here.

You can create/edit and enabled/disable Collections from showing in the Media Tree under Tools > Options > Collections & Views from the Main Menu.


Location

This displays Files in the MediaMonkey Library based on their physical location--any folder or physical media containing a file in the MediaMonkey Library will show up here. The subnodes are:

Local Storage

Displays any folders on the hard disk containing Files that are in the library. This is useful if you want to move/consolidate Files within a folder to a different location.

CD

Displays any physical CDs which you have added to the library (note that this is different from the Album node, which shows Files grouped by the Album that they appear on--regardless of whether the physical CD has been added to the Library). If you select a CD, but the CD is not inserted, then the Files are greyed out.

See: Adding CDs to the Library

Network

Functions similarly to the Local Storage view -- it displays any folders on the network containing Files that are in the MediaMonkey Library.

Media Servers

Displays and files found on UPnP servers that have been added to the MediaMonkey Library.

Services

Content synced from services like Spotify will be show in their respective Location sub-node.

Artists, Album Artists, Composer and Conductor

Displays subnodes for the respective Artist, Album Artist, Composer and Conductor values for audio files.

Note: Artists, Album Artists, Composer and Conductor supports multiple values, which means that any given file can appear in multiple subnodes.

Actors, Directors and Producers

Displays subnodes for the respective Actor, Director and Producer values for video files.

Note: Actor, Director and Producer supports multiple values, which means that any given file can appear in multiple subnodes.

Publisher

Displays subnodes for the respective Publisher.

Album

Displays subnodes for each Album for audio files. Each subnode consists of an Album (and associated Album Artist in parentheses) whose Files are displayed in the order in which they appear on the album. This is in contrast to the CDs that appear in the Locations node, which represent physical CDs.

Note: Incorrectly tagged compilation albums can appear as several individual albums all having the same name. This can be fixed by assigning the same Album name to all files on the Album and the same Album Artist to all the files on the Album.

See: Editing Album Artists.

Series

Displays subnodes for each Series for video files.

Genre

Displays subnodes for each Genre.

Note: Genre support multiple values, which means that any given file can appear in multiple Genre subnodes.

Year

Displays subnodes for each Year. Subnodes consist of Decades and Years. This is often useful for selecting a mix of files from a certain era.

Rating

Displays subnodes for each Rating. This is useful for selecting and re-rating all Files.

Classification

Displays subnodes for each Classification tag: Tempo, Mood, Occasion, Quality. These are useful for reclassifying files via Drag and Drop.

Files to Edit

This contains various nodes that help you locate Files that may have problems, inconsistencies that need to be corrected, or missing information. It is particularly useful when you are correcting the properties of your various Files. These nodes are a help to locate files that may need editing, but this may not be needed for all files displayed in these sub-nodes. It's up to the user to evaluate which files may need editing.

Unknown Title, Artist, Producer, Actor, Composer, Conductor Album, Genre, Year and Rating

Displays Files that have no value defined for that specific tag.

See: Editing File Properties

Unclassified Files

Displays all Files that don't have classifications such as Tempo, Mood, or Occasion defined.

See: Editing File Properties

Unknown Artwork

Displays all Files which have no Artwork associated with the File.

See: Editing Arwork

Multiple Artist Albums

Displays all Albums and associated Files that have a common Album name, but no common Album Artist value. This usually occurs when some sort of typo has occurred, or if an Album is a compilation by multiple artists, but files haven't been given a common Album Artist such as 'Various'.

See: Editing Album Artists

Ungrouped Multiple Artist Albums

Displays all Albums and associated Files that have a common Album name and Year, but no common Album Artist value. This usually occurs when some sort of typo has occurred, or if an Album is a compilation by multiple artists, but files haven't been given a common Album Artist such as 'Various'.

See: Editing Album Artists

Dead Links

This displays Files in the MediaMonkey Library that cannot be found because they've been deleted, moved or renamed resulting in MediaMonkey have the file with an non-existent Path in the MediaMonkey Library. If the File was intentionally deleted, you can delete the File from the MediaMonkey Library. If the File wasn't intentionally deleted, you should try to retrieve the file via File > Locate Moved/Missing Files from the Main Menu. Dead Links excludes files that are on unavailable media like a disconnected network drive, use the Disconnected node in that case.

See: Updating the Library

Disconnected

This displays all files on media that has been disconnected media like a disconnected USB drive or network share. This will also show when drives with changed driveID like when you replace a drive or when you reinstall Windows. You can remove the drive if those files are no longer available or Manually Re-assign Drive.

See: Updating the Library

Unanalyzed Volume

This displays files that either have unknown Track Volume and/or Album Volume.

See: Volume Leveling

Unorganized Files

This displays Files that have paths/filenames that don't match the desired path/filename format set as Auto-Organize rules (Gold only) under Tools > Options > Auto-Organize from the Main Menu.

See: Organizing Files and Folders

DB / Tag Mismatches

This displays all Files for which Tags do not match the File Information contained within the MediaMonkey Library. This may occur if you've enabled Infer File Properties (under Tools > Options > Library from the Main Menu) when adding files to the library, if v1 and v2 tags do not match, or if tags for a specific File haven't be updated properly due to improperly formed or non-standard tag formats. When selecting this node loading may take a long time depending on the size of the Collection as each files tags in the Collection will be read and compared against the tag values in the MediaMonkey Library.

See: Update Tags

Duplicate Titles

This displays all Files that have duplicate Titles. This is useful when you're removing duplicates from your collection. Besides duplicate Files these Files can also be different files that happen to have the same Title or the same file from different Albums.

See: Deleting Duplicates

Duplicate Titles/Artists

This displays all Files that have duplicate Title and Artist values. This is useful when you're removing duplicates from your collection. Besides duplicate Files these Files can also be different files that happen to be copies of the same file on different Albums.

See: Deleting Duplicates

Duplicate Content

This displays all Files that are identical to one another in terms of the audio content (tags and other metadata are ignored). This requires files to be analyzed for duplicates.

See: Deleting Duplicates.


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