I know that a spotlight query is capable of reading the "Artist" ID3 tag of mp3 files but is it also possible to read out (speak) the "Artist Album" ID3 field? This source doesnt say anything about it?

  • How are you doing you query.
    – markhunte
    Apr 4, 2015 at 10:34
  • Actually I'm doing my query with a third party software called Hazel, but it relies on spotlight.
    – tristank
    Apr 4, 2015 at 18:37
  • Can you show you Hazel rules and actions you have so far.
    – markhunte
    Apr 4, 2015 at 19:37

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It isn't possible. You can check to see the metadata associated with a file by using the mdls command.

mdls ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Music/Artist/Album/Song.mp3

Try it with a song that has an Album Artist and you unfortunately won't see it in the output.

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