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Compilation Tracks not searchable by Artist


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Hi Why can't I find a track by an artist that is in a compilation album using the search? Specific example I have the Paloma Faith track I 'Can't Rely on You' with the artist shown as a contributing artist in the ID3 tag on the Now 87 album. ( I am not using iTunes at all!) Indeed when playing the album the artist name appears on all the controllers (CR100, android and PC versions). But when I search the music library for the artist name it only shows a different album of the same artist but not the individual track in the compilation album.

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Same here.
Sonos does not support compilation albums :(

Every track that is on a compilation album will not be found by the Search functionality
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I have spent literally weeks going through every compilation album I have adding the artist name into the track name

for example

Artist: U2
Song: With or without you
Album Artist: Various Artists

now becomes

Artist: U2
Song: U2 - With or without you
Album Artist: Various Artists

Then when I search by song or artist the song shows up, however I dont have countless artist tags cluttering up my music library.

Would be SO much easier for sonos just to update this. I've been amending ID3 tags for 2 weeks non stop. I'm about half way through.:@
Please can someone find a way of getting this escalated. It is so frustrating, the artist is in the metadata, therefore it should be searchable!
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is there any way to turn a topic into a Poll ?

Poll Options:
- Sonos should allow Searching by Contributing Artist
- Id rather Sonos spend their time on other things they consider more important despite this being a basic feature of digital music management


Poll can only be created by the author (or moderators) in the topic's original post
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is there any way to turn a topic into a Poll ?

Poll Options:
- Sonos should allow Searching by Contributing Artist
- Id rather Sonos spend their time on other things they consider more important despite this being a basic feature of digital music management
this is a joke

such a simple thing to do

nice to blame the metadata

i assumed that sonos cared and listened to the community. oh well, it's not like we've spent hundreds of hard earned dollars on their products or anything
I too, find it strange that contributing artists are not searchable on compilation albums.
My music library is on a synology NAS which comes with an app called DS Audio.
This app is able to find tracks by contributing artist name.
So the problem is not in the metadata (which is corrected for all tracks via musicbrainz)

Please, after years and many forum threads , build in the feature to index the contributing artist so it can be searched...
Hello Mike,

Sonos reads the metadata directly from the track- which is how it is encoded. If you are unable to search for the artist and it show the compilation album, it may be that the metadata is not properly encoded to place the track in that area. 

You can manually alter/verify the metadata yourself via popular third party software. This will then place the songs in their desired sections. You could consider: MediaMonkey, VLC...etc

We can also take a look with you to see to verify this information with you if you'd like. You can give us a call when you have the time to troubleshoot. 


Hello Dominique Z, can we have an official response from Sonos on this topic ? (just read the thread, please)
Stephen, with all due respect, the issue i reported when I started this thread - note the title - was that i couldn't locate tracks by a specific artist using the search facility. This issue has been resolved as i can now do exactly that. Your requirement of listing the artist next to the track name is not the issue i raised. I too would like to see the actual artist listed, particularly as nowadays it seems to be commonplace for albums to include other contributing artists on some tracks. This information is clearly available as when the track is playing the artist's name is displayed. I believe your issue should be a separate thread.
agree with Stephen (still not possible to search artist songs from artist name in compilations albums when group by compilations) nothing improved....
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I have 4.3 on Android 444. If I search for "pink" hoping to find an album where artist is "various artists" and contributing artist is "pink", the track is not found. So for me this problem seems not to be fixed as well. Camillo
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Stephen, with all due respect, the issue i reported when I started this thread - note the title - was that i couldn't locate tracks by a specific artist using the search facility. This issue has been resolved as i can now do exactly that. Your requirement of listing the artist next to the track name is not the issue i raised. I too would like to see the actual artist listed, particularly as nowadays it seems to be commonplace for albums to include other contributing artists on some tracks. This information is clearly available as when the track is playing the artist's name is displayed. I believe your issue should be a separate thread.
Mike, with all due respect the issues are linked. You have always been able to do what you said you couldn't do - it hasn't just been fixed at all. I can only say that when you couldn't do the search for artists on compilation albums you had the controller set to group by itunes compilation. If you do that you can't search. If you don't group by compilations you can search - but no longer see contributing artists listed against the track. Zero change in functionality in this or any recent release as far as your issue goes. Because Sonos themselves don't seem to even understand the issue it's little wonder there appear to be so many threads about basically the same thing - it's very poorly managed. For info, try it and you'll see. Change the sorting and try searching again.
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That issue does have a separate thread:
https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/show_track_artist_when_viewing_the_tracks_in_compilation_album
(and some others, mentioned in the right column on that page)
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Stephen, with all due respect, the issue i reported when I started this thread - note the title - was that i couldn't locate tracks by a specific artist using the search facility. This issue has been resolved as i can now do exactly that. Your requirement of listing the artist next to the track name is not the issue i raised. I too would like to see the actual artist listed, particularly as nowadays it seems to be commonplace for albums to include other contributing artists on some tracks. This information is clearly available as when the track is playing the artist's name is displayed. I believe your issue should be a separate thread.
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I am using a Samsung Note 10.1 running Android OS 4.4.2 and Sonos app version 5.3 and the issue I initially reported is now resolved. That is if I search for the artist Paloma Faith it now shows me both her individual album as well as the track she sings on Now 87. Result! It also works on the CR100 controller.
Mike, go to Now 87. Next to the song does it tell you who it's by? No. That's the issue - you can have one or the.other.
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I am using a Samsung Note 10.1 running Android OS 4.4.2 and Sonos app version 5.3 and the issue I initially reported is now resolved. That is if I search for the artist Paloma Faith it now shows me both her individual album as well as the track she sings on Now 87. Result! It also works on the CR100 controller.
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Hello Mike,

Sonos reads the metadata directly from the track- which is how it is encoded. If you are unable to search for the artist and it show the compilation album, it may be that the metadata is not properly encoded to place the track in that area. 

You can manually alter/verify the metadata yourself via popular third party software. This will then place the songs in their desired sections. You could consider: MediaMonkey, VLC...etc

We can also take a look with you to see to verify this information with you if you'd like. You can give us a call when you have the time to troubleshoot. 


I am using a Samsung Note 10.1 running Android OS 4.4.2 and Sonos app version 5.3 and the issue I initially reported is now resolved. That is if I search for the artist Paloma Faith it now shows me both her individual album as well as the track she sings on Now 87. Result!
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We just have to hope the fix is not into the GUI but it is in the device software which was not updated I guess (this was only a GUI fix I think).
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The sad truth.
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Martin, whenever this issue comes up 'Sonos' often replies and goes on to demonstrate that they don't understand their own system and that they believe that it must be your fault or tagging problems in your music files. I don't believe that anyone has ever come out and said either 'Yes we know about that' or 'Oh, we didn't realise you couldn't search for an artist just because they're on a compilation album.'. Even though you CAN search for an artist on a compilation album but only if you don't want to actually see who any song is by when viewing the album in your library. The lack of Sonos response and this mutual exclusivity of functionality is staggering.
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Sonos, please reply in a way that shows us that you at least understand this problem. Understanding is the first step in fixing it.
FYI version 5.3 still no improvement !!! (beta tested)
yes, Sonos still ignore us
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See what you're up against Darren - you get a reply that doesn't understand the problem - and then nothing.
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Other threads on the same topic:
https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/include_contributing_artists_in_the_artists_library_field
https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/compilation_tracks_not_searchable_by_artist
https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/include_contributing_artists_field_in_search
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I have checked on the new controller 5.2, it seems to be NOT corrected!!!!