FtInTitle Plugin

The ftintitle plugin automatically moves “featured” artists from the artist field to the title field.

According to MusicBrainz style, featured artists are part of the artist field. That means that, if you tag your music using MusicBrainz, you’ll have tracks in your library like “Tellin’ Me Things” by the artist “Blakroc feat. RZA”. If you prefer to tag this as “Tellin’ Me Things feat. RZA” by “Blakroc”, then this plugin is for you.

To use the ftintitle plugin, enable it in your configuration (see Using Plugins).


To configure the plugin, make a ftintitle: section in your configuration file. The available options are:

  • auto: Enable metadata rewriting during import. Default: yes.
  • drop: Remove featured artists entirely instead of adding them to the title field. Default: no.
  • format: Defines the format for the featuring X part of the new title field. In this format the {0} is used to define where the featured artists are placed. Default: feat. {0}

Running Manually

From the command line, type:

$ beet ftintitle [QUERY]

The query is optional; if it’s left off, the transformation will be applied to your entire collection.

Use the -d flag to remove featured artists (equivalent of the drop config option).