My apologies! I should have investigated a little more closely. I have done a careful walk through of ripping a compilation and an album CD in ITunes and adding it to my music library and have checked on my WDTV served by 3 media servers …
For music COMPILATIONs the Now Playing dialog (track) on my WDTV works as follows:
Media library: the Individual track artist name is displayed;
Local Storage: the Individual track artist name is displayed;
Media Servers: For all media servers tested (MBL, Foobar, Serviio): the words ‘Variable Artists’ is displayed instead of the name of the individual track artist;
Network shares: all fields displayed (artist, album, grnre) are blank.
My concern is re-stated:
I’d prefer to see the track artist name in all cases of individual playing tracks.
per track settings per compilation or album (all same albumname) followed
‘compilation’ set to 1 (Itunes still sets this)
artist: track artist
albumartist: ‘Variable Artists’ (could be left blank but that could break older software)
albumartist: artist or band, etc (leave unset AYOR)
artist: set to albumartist (ITunes set this field only - leave unset AYOR)
1)Can I be sure I am in the right forum?
WDTV Live (Live Streaming Media Player Gen 3) 4779-705062 HD TV Live
2)NEXT! Can’t we just get ‘Compilations’ sorted out from the media selection ‘Album’ groupings??