However, what I think you might really want is this:
Apart from play counts on a per-album-version level (Kind of Blue 2013 192k remaster; Kind of Blue 1959 original vinyl rip; etc.), if we also kept track of play counts separately at a canonical album level (“Kind of Blue”), what you are looking to achieve would not only happen automatically as you added another “version” under the canonical album umbrella, but you’d have more accurate stats on your most listened to albums, particularly if you listen to Kind of Blue a lot, but spread the listening over your 127 (;)) different versions.
Looks like this thread is quiiiiiiite dormant but I’m curious if anyone has any clever workarounds for the original topic scenario.
I too may often buy a cd or files once I’ve fallen hard for a qobuz sourced album, either to support the artist and/or ensure I have it forever.
Sure, it’s a small issue and I never considered all the points that Joel (and Roon) have certainly thought hard about. I just think about the album itself as the main thing I’m tagging, playlisting, etc and not the version. I originally assumed making the local version primary would keep all the tagging and plays but nope. Any clever hacks out there……
I would prefer info at a track level. roon clearly knows howe many versions/covers of a song there are. if it can tell me how many times I have heard a particular artists take on a song, regardless of resolution, mastering, source (local vs streaming). that would be awesome. sometimes I am in my car, sometimes I am on a rig where I believe I can tell the difference between a rebook and a high res recording. I would like to get a sense of what are my most played tracks regardless of those considerations. It can be handled like the show hidden tracks and albums switch.
Since streaming is not really a reliable option when building a library (way too often I find albums in my library disappearing for licensing reasons or similar), I started buying download versions via bandcamp or Qobuz Sublime HiFi … but that does come at the cost of losing the registered plays up to that point.
But … not always. When replacing a streaming version with a local one, it very ofthen does not keep the play count, but sometimes it does. Anybody know why?
I would love a way to combine play counts for tracks/albums on different versions too - if I find something I love on streaming I want to grab a copy and put it on my hard drive, but also want to keep the play count in Roon!