The player just reads the tags that are in the files.
Every other mp3 player also reads the tags that are in the files.
If the tag says “Johnny Cash with U2” or “Johnny and June Carter Cash” or “Johnny Man in Black Cash” or “Johnny Get Rhythm Cash” then that’s what the unit is going to display and classify. It’s not a Sansa problem. It’s a problem created by the humans who put in the tags.
If your ripping software is set up that way, it may even have made different folders for “Johnny Cash” and “Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three.” Because it’s a stupid computer and it’s just reading the artist tags. It doesn’t know anything about music.
However, it is an easy problem to fix.
Get mp3tag. Yes, it’s third party. It’s also free, small and stable.
When you install it it has an option to add itself to context menus. Allow that. After it installs, open it and go to Tools/Options/Tags/Mpeg and under Write choose ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1. Those are the tags the Fuze likes best. Save that. No more geekness necessary.
OK, now throw every Johnny Cash album into one big folder on your computer. (Leave them in their individual album folders.) Right-click on the giant Cash folder. mp3tag is among your options to open it. Use it.
Wow, look at that–all your Johnny Cash songs! Highlight them all. In the Artist field on the left half of the window, where it says <keep> because there are so many different Artist designations, either type in Johnny Cash or pick Johnny Cash from the drop down menu. Under File on the upper right, Save tags.
It might take, oh, 30 seconds to a minute.
Now all your Johnny Cash songs say Johnny Cash. Put them back on the Fuze. (You could also just use mp3tag on the ones on the Fuze, but the computer will work faster.) No playlist necessary. But it will be up to you to remember that “The Wanderer” was the song he did with U2.
For Workout Songs, you could throw them all in a folder and use mp3tag to make the Genre “Workout Songs,” and then play them by genre. Etc. Or you can use a playlisting program.
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 05-14-2010 01:39 PM