How to organize X3's Categories Artist section by Album and track:
Credit goes to Hoichi for giving me the brainstorm of this idea.
READ EVERYTHING before you try. So you know what will happen to your files and do a trial first before you try your entire library. I do not hold responsibility for you not doing a trial run or messing up these instructions. As these do modify your song file names.
Basically, in Categories-->Artist. When you click on an artist. The X3 organizes by numbers first then Alphabet, and then Asian characters. This means that all the albums and everything will be mixed up. All the first songs in the album will be there first followed by song 11 if there is one etc etc.
So how do you fix this?
Setup foobar and move all your music into one of its 'playlists'.
Then using hoichi's instructions
You just open your whole library in a playlist, select all (Ctrl-A), right-click on any of the selected files and choose File operations->Rename to...
It opens a dialog, where you should click on an ellipsis next to the File name pattern field and choose
But instead of 'whatever' as he originally stated, copy and paste the following into the field of File Name pattern:
%album% %tracknumber%. %title%
This makes it so that ALL your songs will now be named by Album track number and then title
BEWARE! As this means your ENTIRE music library will now follow this format. This is only a problem to those that are meticulous by how their files look. Keep in mind, this only changes file name. Not anything else. So your list should still look nice and neat. Do this on a sample two or three albums and decide for yourself if you want to continue.
As you can see, id3 tags are still there(the boxes not showing letters are because those are asian letters) and its only the file name that is different.
KEEP IN MIND that because the X3 scrolls uber slow, you need to abbreviate your album titles. All my album titles were abbreviated and or shortened so that I can see what song is what
So look at the picture above, I abbreviated all my albums to JPB, Love song, my life, earth etc etc
Categories-->Artists and now I'm down to Alan
Entering into her artist folder, you can now see my Album 'Back(I abbreviated) followed by track number and song title.
Now the album 'Back' goes into a new album called 'Earth' of which is kept in order thanks to me using Album/Track number/Track title
Album 'Earth' ties into JPB etc etc
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