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Identifying Common Album Artist (Compilations Part 2)
In Phase 2, the albums were examined one-by-one to determine if they should be marked as compilations. Phase 3 takes the tentative list of Compilation albums and screens them further.
The goal of this phase is to weed out true compilations from albums that are single-artist albums which happen to contain multiple tracks with guest artists. To facilitate this task, Kodi attempts to determine if a compilation album has a common artist name on all the tracks. If it does, the album is an artist album and not a compilation album.
Phase 4 has two (2) important functions:
- Identify tracks with no artist name
- If more than one artist is found, determine if one is a common artist (found on all tracks on the album)
The bracketed numbers just below the diagram title are line numbers in Kodi's music scanning code (MusicInfoScanner.cpp) found at https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/blob/Leia/xbmc/music/infoscanner/MusicInfoScanner.cpp
Next up is Phase 4: Default Album Artwork