Here’s how to properly add singletons to the correct artist dir using the quick import functionality in beets. We don’t care for tagging or musicbrainz lookups for these, we just want to add them to the beets database and move them to to corresponding directory.
Add this to config.yml:
When we import single tracks to beets we don’t use the autotagger, so it’s important that the artist field is populated in the files, or else beets doesn’t know where to put the files. To quickly add the artist field on a bunch of files, we can utilize id3shit:
id3shit -w artist 'Anna Ternheim' *
Edit 2021-05-28: We can also use beets directly like this:
beet import --set artist=Anna\ Ternheim
The import command to beets for single tracks is
beet import -sA "$@".
I find it hard to remember all the commands so I saved it as
Use it like this:
beet-import-tracks *(.) # import every file in cwd
Now, since we made sure that the artist field was populated prior to
running the import command, we can find the imported singletons at
My current beets configuration can be found here.