Originally Posted by lee730
I'm not 100% sure but you may be able to do batch tagging on the fly with the proper command in Mp3tag. If this is the case then it really is a non-issue. I've been adding the Album Artist tag to all my music. I'm not sure if it correlates to the DX100 working properly (I thought it was). Pretty much I just want my tags to work and I want them to be alphabetized automatically and not when I sync them (particularly playlists not showing up alphabetized, and I'm not referring to the playlist contents but the actual playlist name itself).
It may be a non-issue to make the changes on the PC. However, the time it takes to re-copy all that music to the DX100 IS an issue, at least for me (remember, I'm the guy with the 128GB SDXC card that's now full :-). Also, not all types/versions of file tags support albumartist. I've noticed that if you try to add albumartist to tag types that don't support it, Mp3tag will appear to update the tag, but not make any actual change. It will, however, touch the file, changing the file modified update date so with most synchronization software the file gets re-copied even though no change was actually made. Finally, albumartist is a very new tag field, in relation to album. It is implemented differently (how it is read) in different players, and there's not even consistency in how it is written (some as "albumartist" and some as "album artist"). The "artist" tag is fairly universal and is used fairly consistently by tagging programs and players.
I agree with you...tags should "just work" (but on the DX, sadly, that's not really the case). +1 for Nelamvr6's suggestion - user configurable. However, I believe it should default to the way it is now (artist). This would have the least user impact when upgrading firmware.
OK, let me hop off my soapbox now.