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Let me firstly say that i am very impressed about this app. As a foobar2000 user i am very happy to have found this technically great player for my new android phone. Great work!

The only bad experience i have with Poweramp is that albums with different artists are cluttered in the artist view in library. So i would like to ask for album artist support. I think there are two possibilities to realize that support: a simple solution and a more enhanced one. The first one would just try to recognize if an album contains multiple artists and would group it then under "Various artists". Probably that would be a good solution for many users but for another part of the userbase that would mean that they will loose information saved to file. In many players for pc you can store the content for album artist. As all the players (Itunes, winamp, wmp, foobar2000, Helium music manager, Jriver MC, Media Monkey) go different ways it may be a bit tricky to satisfy all needs.

I made some thoughts how the advanced support of album artist could look like and i think that three options could cover all possibilities:

1. "Use Itunescompilation flag". That is the option for our friends who use itunes. If that option is checked and there is no other album artist tag inside the file this flag is used to group different artist under one album.

2. Many player use an frame which is not predefined. In regard to how Vorbis/Ape tags and ID3v2-TXXX (header) frames are written the frame/header name consists of natural language. I think it would be sufficient if Poweramp would use by default "album artist; albumartist" exactly in that order. I can't imagine that there are many people who would like to add a further name but who knows?

3. In regard to MP3s there is the defacto standard (WMP, itunes, Media monkey) that album artist is mapped to the TPE2 frame. An option for this mapping seems senseful as on one side this became a defacto standard but on the other side some player prefer the TXXX frame. (As i don't have wma or mp4 files i don't know how their frames for album artist is called but they must have one)

Thanks for reading!

I hope that you will adress the issue anyway!

Many regards!

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Hi, thanks for the feedback/request.

PowerAMP displays Library entries as is - as they are scanned by system android media scanner.

Thus some advanced lists are not easily (fast, memory effecient, etc) possible.

PowerAMP v2.x will have own media library, thus, advanced, smart, configurable lists will be possible.

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