How can I copy metadata between versions of an album?

A relatively common scenario: I add a Tidal album to my library, I find I like it and care about it so I edit the metadata (for my favorite music, Tidal rarely includes credits and Roon’s metadata ditto), a laborious process, then I find I like it so much I want to own it so I buy a download or CD, I make it Primary, but now I have edit the meatadata all over again.

And clever shortcuts?

Lightroom has a way of copying selected metadata or photo edits between photos. Would be useful here. Not just versions of one album, but between albums by the same band where Primary Artists and Credits may be the same, and label etc.

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I don’t think so. I seem to remember an old feature request about this.

+1 from me for something like this.

Especially since I use Tidal, I have lots of “Duplicate” Versions in my library. For instance the CD version as flac and now the Tidal MQA on top. Of course the MQA is primary. Metadata, however, is off between versions. Genres aren’t matching, the older version has different credits from my previous edits.
I just edited a ton of credits on an album that I added when it was released a few weeks ago only to find out that there is an MQA version in the meantime… :grimacing:
The more you curate your library yourself with edits, the more annoying it get’s with this problem.

Solution could be, as @AndersVinberg suggested, some Metadata syncing feature as in Adobe Lightroom (where it works really well).

More fundamental question: which metadata is version relevant? Version field, sure, but what else? Release info like country, barcode, etc. Artwork also. But genre and credits probably not.
Should there be a “primary set of metadata” for all versions, different from the physical version of the album? Should metadata edits be version-agnostic in those fields?

Hopefully with a little bit of discussion this could be shaped into a feature request that works for everybody.