I don’t know enough about Roon to give an educated answer. I know how Apple Music/iTunes handles the articles, it uses a sort field, such “Sort Album”, and you can type whet you want into that field, including the article you want to include.
Apologies for any confusion. I only mentioned the indefinite article because there were feature requests to have Roon ignore that, too, which would be a pain.
As always, my “problem” is so niche that it would probably leave most people scratching their heads & politely suggesting that I get out more. I was trying to solve a problem where albums were sorting differently in Roon than in the finder on my Mac & ideally they’d both be in the same order.
Specifically… In the finder on my Mac, firstly “The” is observed whereas in Roon it’s ignored & secondly the finder looks at the whole numbers to decide which is greater so the numbers 25 & 50 come before the numbers 1963 & 2005 whereas Roon files strictly by the first number then second number so they go 1963, 2005, 25, 50. My “mission” is to try & get the finder and Roon to show the albums in the same order.
As a result, I couldn’t get “The 25th Anniversary Album” & “The 50th Anniversary Collection” to do the same thing in both places.
The solution would be to rename the “problem” albums thus:
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Album, The Fiftieth Anniversary Collection, The
Which sidesteps the article issue & the number issue & leaves everything to file alphabetically.
I suppose I was wondering if there was already a switch available on a “per album” basis where I could choose to ignore the article & I got drawn into the feature requests side of things which, after a good night’s sleeps, feel like a bit of a blind alley.
To be fair, I have established a rock solid set of techniques for sorting in Roon over the last year & I don’t give a hoot whether or not Roon identifies the album. In fact, because of all that blurb that ends up littering my library, I actually prefer it when Roon doesn’t identify the album & I wish it could be hidden, but that’s a topic for another thread.
I am a Yate user, though, so that may well be worth looking into. Thanks.
When I first started using Roon, I was always banging on about the problems I was having but I’ve mellowed because I basically love Roon, despite the issues. So I just put in the stuff I can control & try not to worry about the stuff I can’t.