Grouping albums with multiple artists
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: When adding an album which has been released by one artist but contains tracks by various other artists, iTunes displays individual tracks with the same artwork for what can be up to 30-40 times depending on how many CD’s are involved, how do i display or group these as one album ?
A: There are a couple of different ways that this can be handled, depending on what you’re specifically trying to accomplish.
For the sake of iTunes itself and the Cover Flow and Artwork Grouping views, the simplest thing to do is to use the new “Album Artist” field that has now been added as of iTunes 7. iTunes will use the Album Artist field for grouping when it’s filled in, and this can be an appropriate way to list albums with secondary or “featured” artists, yet still keep them grouped together.
To set this field for multiple tracks, simply choose the tracks you want to modify in iTunes, and select File, Get Info. Type in the name of the main album artist in the “Album Artist” field, and select OK.
Unfortunately, this will only work in iTunes for the Cover Flow and album grouping views. The artists themselves will still be listed individually in the browser view and on the iPod itself. If you want to also group the albums in these views, you will need to set the tracks as “Part of a Compilation” and enable the compilations feature on the iPod and in iTunes.
You can set any given track to being “Part of a Compilation” by going into the track properties and checking the appropriate box.
As above, multiple tracks can be set simultaneously by selecting all of the tracks you want to modify, choosing File, Get Info and setting the “Compilation” option to Yes.
Once the tracks have been set as part of a compilation, you can then enable the “Group Compilations when Browsing” feature in iTunes (under Preferences, General), at which point a “Compilations” option will appear in the artists column in the browser. Any albums containing tracks that are set as being part of a compilation will be listed under this artist heading, rather than by their specific artist name.
Note that compilation grouping must also be enabled separately on the iPod if you want to use this feature. This can be found under the “Settings” menu on the iPod, and once enabled, a “Compilations” sub-menu will appear under the “Music” menu on the iPod. As in iTunes, selecting the “Compilations” menu on the iPod will list all albums with tracks that are tagged as being part of a compilation.
- 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?
- Apple Store app update allows purchases from Apple Watch
- Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple reveals cause of unexpected iPhone 6s shutdowns
- Report: 99 percent of fake Apple chargers found to be unsafe
- Apple offering battery replacements for iPhone 6s models with ‘unexpected shutdown issues’ (Updated)
- Report: Fitbit to acquire Pebble
- Apple releases statement on iCloud Calendar spam
- Apple sending out drones to improve Maps data, adding interior building maps
- Tim Cook allegedly tells customer AirPods to ship in ‘next few weeks’
- Apple Pay reportedly launching in Spain tomorrow
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker
- Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid
- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- 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