TuneTracker™ QuickTip

Attributes: Make Sure They Match

When you create your program logs in TuneStacker, you can protect your songs against being played more often than you desire, using a variety of different "attributes" (categories). For example, you can protect against the same Title showing up more often than every 300 songs, the same Artist within 100 songs, etc.

There's something to keep in mind though. TuneStacker is not a person, and it can't make the same kinds of judgment calls you and I can make. During the Christmas season, it's common to have many songs with the same title, and often there are differences in the way the titles are expressed. For example...

Winter Wonderland
Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Silent Night
Silent Night, Holy Night

The Christmas Song
Chestnuts Roasting by an Open Fire

O Christmas Tree
O Tannenbaum

Here's a nice way to resolve this issue...it assumes you have marked the Comment or Genre of the songs with the word, "Christmas."


  1. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  2. Left click on the desktop, to deselect all windows, and do CTRL-F (for find)
  3. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  4. Click on "All files and folders" and change it to "mpeg audio file"
  5. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  6. Click on "By Name" and change it to "By Attribute"
  7. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  8. Click on "Name" on the left, and select Comment (or Genre)
  9. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  10. Type in the word, "Christmas" (without the quotation marks) and click Search
  11. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  12. A list of all your Christmas music will appear. Click on the Title column heading, to sort the list by Title
  13. The left and right arrow buttons let you flip through pages and pages of MyShow buttons, all configured exactly as you want them.
  14. Scroll through the list and click on the attributes that need renaming, assuring that there are no "variations" in the song titles

Leaving aside Christmas for a moment, let's also talk about Artist protection. TuneStacker would consider all of the following to be completely different artists:

Gladys Knight
Gladys_Knight
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Gladys Night and the Pips
Gladys Knight & the Pips

A similar search to the one listed above can by used to find all the songs containing "Gladys" in the Artist attribute, and you can then go in and mend the differences. If you're dealing with a huge list; for example, if you're a blues station and you have 50 or more songs by BB King, just do a search, select them all, and drag and drop them into the Army Knife program. Put a checkmark next to just the Artist category and type in the name of the artist as you want it to appear, and click Apply.



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