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It's already on the to-do list:

Oh, and @maxmp, when you add this minimum number of items feature - presumably in List Options for each applicable category? - could I suggest creating a single entry at the end of the list which contains all of the skipped names as a long list, just so they don't completely vanish into the ether?

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It will be number based, in order to remove from lists any entries that only contain one or two items. e.g. an artist that only exists in your library because they did a duet on someone else's song.

The idea is to declutter some of the split-name Category lists. So if you are a David Bowie fan, you might not want an extra entry in your Artists list for Bing Crosby just because he and Bowie did "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" together one Christmas.

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Thanks, Andre, for the clarification.

I would like to be able to tidy up the categories album artists and genre, which act as starting point for browsing through my huge library. The possibility to manually hide certain Album artists or genres, which contain only one or two albums would make these categories much more well-arranged.

Regards 

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2 hours ago, GeilerHeinz said:

I would like to be able to tidy up the categories album artists and genre,

I believe the intention is to provide this option in multiple appropriate Categories - of which I would think Albums, Artists, Album Artists, Genres, Composers, Years, and Folders would be fairly obvious candidates. 

I don't know exactly how Max is planning to implement this, but my personal suggestion would be to add a new option in each of the various Categories 'List Options' pages, such as "Hide Groups Containing less than <nn> Items".  And then at the bottom of each Category view, any albums/artist/genres/etc which contain less than the specified number of items would be tucked away inside a pseudo-folder called something like "Hidden, less than <nn> items per group".

That's just my 2¢ worth anyway, Max might have a completely different way to implement it of course.

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On 3/23/2021 at 1:34 PM, GeilerHeinz said:

Thanks, Andre, for the clarification.

I would like to be able to tidy up the categories album artists and genre, which act as starting point for browsing through my huge library. The possibility to manually hide certain Album artists or genres, which contain only one or two albums would make these categories much more well-arranged.

Regards 

Although i requested it to be number based, i do agree being able to manually choose is better. I felt like number based was an easy request to fill and it would probably take some ui tweaking to make it manual.

Three are some artists that i only have a handful of songs i would prefer to keep viewable and some that have a lot more that i wouldn't mind hiding. This will be a tough decision picking the best number. 

After this multi artist split i ended up with 3133 artists. So i wouldn't mind hiding some of them as well. Even with the quick scroll-to-letter function it still takes many swipes to find the right artist.

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On 3/25/2021 at 1:29 AM, Absinthequ said:

After this multi artist split i ended up with 3133 artists. 

Ironically, part of the point of the split artists mode was to try to reduce the number of entries appearing in the Artists category. So for example if you have just three artists - "AAA", "BBB" and "CCC" - who each have some of their own songs and some collaborations, the new system should show only the three simple Artist names, rather than also adding extra duplicated/joint entities such as "AAA ft. BBB", "AAA ; CCC", "CCC feat. BBB", "BBB w/ CCC", "AAA // BBB // CCC", etc. Strangely though, it actually seems to have had the reverse effect! Using the original unsplit system I see a total of 1,221 entries in the Artists category (including all sorts of semicoloned and other combined names), yet with the new slimmed-down split feature, I see 1,245 entries in the 'cleaner' list!

"The best laid plans..." as they say.

Andre

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I just realised, that the ability to manually hide entities within the category composer would allow me to list only classical composer in a clean list, as the composer tag isn't systematically filled for pop and rock music. This would be nice too.

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It's hard to tell for sure, but when i go to Artist and sort by "number of tracks" i can scroll to where my scrollbar looks like I'm close to 3/4 down the list before i get to an artist that has 3 songs. Meaning it looks like close to 75% of my 3133 artists has only 1-2 songs. 

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@Absinthequ I've just checked and I too have to scroll about 80% through my artists list to get beyond the 1-song and 2-song entries. I have a lot of Singles I guess, plus all those one-off artists who collaborated on just one track. The idea of going through several thousand Artists individually and choosing to hide or show each one would be tedious in the extreme - although the original idea of a single-click option to hide artists who have very few tracks does seem helpful.

Conversely, apart from a few favourite bands/artists, my biggest listings are mostly film or TV composers - such as Murray Gold who did about 10 years of Doctor Who music, or the composers for Stranger Things, where each season's soundtrack album tends to have quite a lot of short tracks. For no particular reason or usefulness whatsoever, here is the 'busy' end of my Artists list:

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(not sure how Cliff Richard got in there, I must have added a career-retrospective boxed set!)

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Well my top one isn't a surprise either. But some of the others are. Most of my favourites don't show up until i scroll to the second or third set.

My library is 70% rock but because of the multiple artists feature it more than doubled or tripled song counts by hip hop artists and they are dominating my top list. I see one artist i dont even like that ended up with 128 featured songs due to the split. Lol

 

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