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Basic Search


You can enter any text in the search textfield and start searching for artists and songs. If you would like a list of songs which contains the phrase one, you simply enter one in the search field and press search.


Keywords


Because your music library consists of playlists, cd's, albums and more, we created a very flexible search method. It is possible to just enter a search string and search for it in the songs database. But what if you wanted to search for specific artists, songs, in certain playlists and others?

We support 5 keywords:
- song
- artist
- playlist
- cd
- album

All of them have the same usage, when you want to search for songs that belong to the playlist rock, you enter this search string:
playlist:rock


If you would like to retrieve the songs from the cd rock, you enter this as search:
cd:rock


All 5 keywords also have an opposite value, if you would like to search for a song that isn't in the playlist rock, you simply put a ! after the keyword:
playlist!:rock


When specifiyng a value for a certain keyword like the value pearl jam for the keyword artist, it will search artists which names are exactly pearl jam. If you only know a part of the artist like pearl, you can use the % to indicate that there is an unknown part in the value as shown below:
artist:pearl%


Both the ! and % can be applied to all 5 keywords.


OR/AND keywords


Music Manager also supports a more English term, namely the two words 'or' and 'and'. With these words you can create very complex search queries.

The OR/AND affects the way the manager queries the database, normally it uses the logical operation OR.

Lets take the following sentence:
I like the artists Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix.


If you use the keywords artist and form a search query, it might look like this:
artist:pearl jam artist:jimi hendrix

This will return all the songs that belong to Pearl Jam or Jimi Hendrix.


Now look at the following sentence:
I like Pearl Jam but only the songs from the cd Rock.


This is a bit trickier since we want all the songs that belong to Pearl Jam BUT ONLY the songs that are on the cd Rock. This is where the AND keyword comes in.

The first example (artist:pearl jam artist:jimi hendrix) could also have been written as (look at the or word):
artist:pearl jam or artist:jimi hendrix


If we want to display all the songs from Pearl Jam that are on the cd Rock we can use this search query (look at the and word):
artist:pearl jam and cd:rock

This will compare the artist and the cd with the logical conjunction AND.

The OR/AND keywords must come after the final value of a keyword such as artist:. If you enter a search query like artist:pearl or jam song:alive, then this will return invalid results.


Parentheses


If you would like even more detailed search results, Music Manager supports parentheses search formatting. In this way you can specify more detailed requirements to the search query.

Let's say there is a song called One and both Creed, U2 and Metallica have composed a song with that name. Now you only want to display the songs from Metallica and Creed. If you searched using only the keywords, you could end up with a query like this:
song:one and artist:creed or artist:metallica


But the above example will not only return the songs called One from Metallica and Creed, but also the rest of all the songs that belong to Metallica. We can accomplish the required result with the following search query:
song:one and (artist:creed or artist:metallica)

Note that we now used parentheses around the artist part. We actually say to the manager: Give me the song One that MUST belong to the artist Creed OR Metallica.


Examples


Return all songs that don't belong to a playlist:
playlist!:%


Search for songs without an artist:
song:% and artist!:%