Multi-disc albums

J. Allen Crider software-eng at
Fri Oct 15 04:44:26 BST 2021

Two other comments in addition to my last reply.  I just realized that 
you may not have found the "Import Audio CD Data..." option in Tellico 
(it took me a little time to find it also).  Use File->Import->Import 
Audio CD Data...  Because I use it so much, I have added it to the 
toolbar so it is easier to find.

Your reply caused me to try something I've never tried before.  I 
created a new entry with only the title, medium, and artist.  Then I did 
an Update Entry on it.  I still get a server timeout if I attempt to 
update from MusicBrainz, but for my test case, an update from Discogs 
did fill in the rest of the information.  It remains to be seen how 
often that process might work for the rest of my collection (I've only 
entered about half of my CDs so far and none of my LPs).


On 10/11/21 5:43 PM, Jared wrote:
> Thanks for the reply!  I thought about creating them as separate entries 
> per disc, but I really don't like that approach - I'm cataloging my 
> music albums, not my individual CDs, so I'd rather keep them grouped as 
> one entry per album.
> I'm similarly importing the data for the most part (easy to generate a 
> CSV file by listing all the album directories to a file and tacking on 
> stuff like medium), and use musicbrainz to populate the tracks and album 
> art.
> I like the idea about noting multiple discs and adding comments for 
> which tracks belong to which discs.  Not ideal, but probably the best 
> way to work around that issue.  Very much appreciate the suggestion - 
> will likely start doing that myself.
> I didn't follow your comment about merging discs, though.  If you have 
> to resort to manually creating the disc, which implies you're manually 
> filling out the track lists for both albums, why do that as two separate 
> albums and merge rather than just creating as a single album?  I tried 
> doing that myself to see if maybe that was some way to "trick" tellico 
> into maintaining two tracklists, but it just merges it into one long 
> tracklist, so I'm not seeing what the benefit.  I'm sure I'm just 
> missing something.  No big deal either way, just curious about your process.
> -- 
> Jared
> On 10/9/21 9:58 AM, J. Allen Crider wrote:
>> I haven't found any way to do what I think you are suggesting, but I 
>> haven't looked.  If you wanted to list each disc as a separate album 
>> in Tellico, I can think of at least two options.
>> 1) You could duplicate the entry for however many disc are in the 
>> album.  Then change the title of each entry to add the disc number, 
>> and remove the tracks from the other disc(s).
>> 2) Rather than using Musicbrainz, you could use "Import Audio CD 
>> Data..." to import one disc at a time.  Then you would have a separate 
>> entry for each disc.
>> I have a similar problem, but I've chosen a different approach. If I 
>> can find the album using "Internet Search...", I use that and simply 
>> add a comment that tells how many discs are in the set. But I have a 
>> lot of albums that I can't find using "Internet Search...", so I use 
>> "Import Audio CD Data..." most of the time. I then insert blank rows 
>> at the beginning of the track listing for the second disc (and any 
>> subsequent discs), and then merge the entries.  I can then add the 
>> comment about the number of discs in the merged entry.  If you wanted 
>> to add more information to the comment, you could include which tracks 
>> are on which disc (e.g. disc 1: tracks 1-12; disc 2: tracks 13-20, or 
>> something similar; that is probably something I should have done but I 
>> didn't think of it earlier).  One reason I've taken the approach I 
>> have is that I am also ripping most of my collection as I add them to 
>> Tellico (using K3b) and I rip all discs in a set to the same directory 
>> and then use Kid3 to change the track numbers and file names so that 
>> it will be easier to play the entire album in the correct order.
>> Allen Crider
>> On 10/8/21 9:37 PM, Jared Breland wrote:
>>> Hello.  I'm currently working on cataloging my music CDs, using 
>>> musicbrainz as the source.  I have a lot of multi-disc albums, which 
>>> musicbrainz seems to recognize and split out, but Tellico lists them 
>>> only as a single album.  Ie., a 2-disc album with 12 and 8 tracks 
>>> each is just listed as 20 tracks in Tellico.
>>> I'm guessing this is working as intended because I can see how 
>>> Tellico would be limited to a single Tracks table, but still wanted 
>>> to confirm before i get to far - is there any way to make Tellico 
>>> split out each disc into a separate track list?
>>> -- 
>>> Jared

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