Editing Track Properties
Editing Track Properties
Track properties can be easily edited via the Explorer or the Properties dialog. Whenever properties are changed, associated tags are updated by default (configurable via Tools > Options > Library > Tags and Playlists) unless tags are malformed.
For serious collectors especially for classical music, multiple attributes can be stored to a field. For instance, if a track by U2 has multiple contributing artists, this can be entered as follows into the Artist field: 'U2; B.B. King' . In so doing, the track will be searchable or browsable by either 'U2' or 'B.B. King'. This is most useful for Artist, Album Artist, Genre, Grouping, Composer, and Conductor fields. Note that ';' is the default separator, however, it is configurable at Tools > Options > Library > Appearance.
Quick Edits via the Explorer
The MediaMonkey Explorer allows you to quickly make simple changes to Track properties:
- You can update individual Tracks' properties, by clicking it in the Track list, and making the desired change. This is very useful when you are browsing through your library, and notice an error that you want to rapidly correct. The downside is that only the most common properties can be viewed in the Explorer.
- You can also edit the properties of multiple Tracks by clicking e.g. any Artist or Album in the Tree and renaming it. The new name will propagate to all Tracks associated with the Artist or Album (except in the case of Multiple Artist Albums). For example, renaming Artist : 'Michel Jakson' to 'Michael Jackson' in the tree, will cause all Tracks by 'Michel Jakson' to be changed to 'Michael Jackson'.
- You can drag and drop, cut and paste, or copy & paste Tracks from one node to another to change the Tracks' properties. For example:
- Dragging a Track from Artist: 'Michel Jakson' to Artist : 'Michael Jackson' will change the Artist for the Track to 'Michael Jackson' .
- Cut ( <Ctrl><x> ) a Track from Genre: Pop and Paste ( <Ctrl><v> ) to Genre : Rock will change the Genre for the Track.
- Dragging with <Ctrl> a Track from Genre: Pop to Genre : Rock will append the Genre Pop to Rock so that it becomes Rock;Pop
- Copy ( <Ctrl><c>) a Track from Genre: Pop and Paste ( <Ctrl><v> ) to Genre : Rock will append the Genre Pop to Rock so that it becomes Rock;Pop
Note: Append operations only work for multiple-definition fields: Artist, Album Artist, Composer, Conductor, Genre, and Classifications
- To change ratings of any Track on the fly, click the Stars in the Tracklist on in the Player.
- To change classifcations on the fly, enable the Categorize Toolbar (right-click anywhere on the Toolbar, and enable Categorize). It will allow you to quickly change the Rating, Tempo, Mood, Occasion, or Quality.
Edit via the Properties Dialog
If you want to have access to all of a Track's properties, you'll need to perform edits via the Properties Dialog--simply click Edit > Properties . Change the desired fields, and press 'Ok'.
Note: If you want this dialog to remain open so that you can edit other Tracks in your Library, click View > Properties . To commit any changes you've made to the current Track and edit the previous/next song, click one of the arrows.
Edit Properties of Numerous Tracks at Once
To change the properties of several Tracks at once, select the Tracks you want to edit, click Edit > Properties , and make the desired change to any property. Make certain that the property you wish to change is checked and click 'Ok' -- the changes will be made for all of the selected Tracks.