Compilations and Artist listing on iPod classic
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I run iTunes on a desktop PC and I transfer albums to my iPod classic. I’m baffled by inconsistent “indexing” on the iPod with regard to Artists. The iTunes Artist usually appears not to be included in the iPod Artist list when the recording is a compilation by various artists, but it’s not always true. I have downloaded an Uncut Magazine CD and the iPod appears to recognize and include the individual Artists in the Artist view. Dozens of other compilations don’t work that way and I can’t retrieve certain Artists on the iPod because of this. Often I can’t remember the album or song name, so I just can’t find it. Conversely, I have ripped a variety of songs from my several albums by the Cajun band, BeauSoleil. These are not compilations. Even though the desktop iTunes sorts by this Artist name, BeauSoleil simply does not show up in the iPod list of Artists. I have a very large capacity on my iPod and over 9,000 songs, so it’s extremely frustrating not to be able to retrieve by Artist. Any suggestions?
A: This is due to how the iPod handles the display of compilations and there’s actually some logic to it. First keep in mind that the iPod classic only looks at the “Part of a Compilation” flag when the “Compilations” menu option is enabled under the Settings, Main Menu or Settings, Music Menu options. On prior iPod models, there was a specific “Compilations” option to toggle this feature on or off separately.
If both of these menu options are turned OFF, then all artists will be displayed on the artist listing and the concept of Compilations is ignored by the iPod. If either menu item is enabled, then albums that contain tracks tagged as “Part of a Compilation” will be listed under the Compilations menu.
When Compilations are enabled, if all tracks by a given artist are labelled as “Part of a Compilation” then the Artist name is hidden entirely from the Artist listing. However, if a given artist has even a single track that is not tagged as “Part of a Compilation” then the artist’s name is shown in the Artist menu and all of the tracks by that artist will be shown under the Artist’s name, regardless of whether the individual tracks are listed as “Part of a Compilation” or not. Note that this differs from how compilation support behaved on earlier iPod models where tracks tagged as “Part of a Compilation” were never shown under the Artist menu, regardless of whether the Artist otherwise appeared there.
If you don’t regularly use the “Compilations” menu on your iPod classic, then the simplest solution may be to simply turn it off by going to your iPod Settings section and ensuring that it is unchecked under both the Main Menu and Music Menu sections. This will disable Compilation support on the iPod entirely, treating all tracks the same whether they are listed as “Part of a Compilation” or not.
Alternatively, you may want to double-check your “Part of a Compilation” tags in iTunes to ensure that your tracks are labelled as you would expect. Normally, albums where all tracks are by the same artist should not be tagged as “Part of a Compilation” but it’s not uncommon to see erroneous data come through from either the iTunes Store or the Gracenote CD Database that is used to automatically tag tracks imported from CD. It seems many mistakenly believe that the “Part of a Compilation” setting should be used for “Best of” albums and other collections that are not original studio albums, and therefore mistakenly apply this tag to single-artist collections.
Lastly, keep in mind that the iPod does have a Search feature that can be used to locate any artist or album on the device. The Search feature does not filter based on the “Part of a Compilation” flag regardless of whether Compilation support is enabled on the device or not. This should allow you to find artists who may not otherwise appear in the Artist browser.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Walgreens adds digital coupons to Apple Pay
- China orders Apple and others to monitor, report on app users
- South Korea regulators investigating Apple
- Apple Q3 earnings call set for July 26
- Apple’s UK tax bill under scrutiny
- Apple lays out ‘differential privacy’ plan for data collection
- Report: New iPhone’s space gray to be ‘much darker color’
- Incipio to acquire Skullcandy
- Apple confirms iOS 10 kernel was left open to improve performance
- Apple leaves iOS 10 kernel open to scrutiny
- Phiaton BT 460 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
- Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Element Case Ronin for iPhone 6/6s
- JBL Clip 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Catalyst Case for iPad mini 4
- Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
- Zagg Flex Arc Wireless Earbuds + Speakers
- Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation
- Twelve South BookBook for 12.9” iPad Pro
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app