Organizing tracks on the iPod
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’ve noticed that there certain songs that I can find on the “All” songs list on my iPod but cannot find if I look under the specific artists. For example, if I go through Artists->Michael Jackson->All, the iPod will only list Billy Jeans under the album name. However, if I go to the list of all Songs, I can see the rest of the Michael Jackson songs. I’ve already made sure they were spelled the same for artists and that there are no extra spaces in the artist or album name in iTunes. Any other suggestions on how to fix this?
A: Assuming that artist and album names are in fact spelled correctly and match up with each other, the other possibility is either that the tracks are marked as part of a compilation, or that they do not have any album name filled in.
When browsing through the music on your iPod by artist, tracks with no album listed will be omitted from the track listing for that artist. The iPod does not provide an entry in the album listing for blank album names, and these tracks therefore end up being inaccessible through the artist/album menus. The solution to this is as simple as adding an album name to these tracks in iTunes - even a tag like “Single” or “Unknown” will work if the album name is not specifically known.
Further, if any tracks are labeled as “Part of a Compilation” the iPod may group these tracks under their album name within the “Compilations” section in the music listing, depending upon whether the Compilations setting on the iPod is enabled (found in Settings, Compilations). The “Compilations” option is intended to group tracks together that may come from mix albums (ie, “Various Artists”) or have a number of “featured” artists (ie, “Michael Jackson with Paul McCartney”). Often this flag is set on tracks downloaded from the iTunes Store, even if all tracks are listed under the same artist.
Since both iTunes and the iPod have their own “Group Compilations when Browsing” option, it is possible for these tracks to appear as part of a compilation on the iPod, but still appear under their artist in iTunes itself.
Changing the “Compilation” flag is as simple as selecting the track in iTunes and choosing File, Get Info and UNchecking the box that says “Part of a compilation.”
Alternatively, you can do this for multiple tracks at once by selecting multiple tracks before choosing the File, Get Info option. You would be presented with a dialog box similar to the following, and can choose the drop-down menu beside “Compilation” to change the setting for all selected tracks at once:
- 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 releases iOS 10.3.2 beta to developers
- Rumor: Apple may add cellular capability to next Apple Watch, create USB-C/Lightning hybrid
- Urbanears launches new lineup of Wi-Fi Connected Speakers
- Apple adds ability for developers respond to apps reviews, tweaks in-app rating prompt rules
- Report: 10.5” iPad Pro could still arrive this spring
- Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps gain Touch ID support, other improvements
- Apple releases tvOS 10.2 and Apple TV Remote for iPad
- Apple releases watchOS 3.2, featuring Theater Mode, SiriKit
- Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, Siri + CarPlay improvements
- Wells Fargo rolling out ability to use Apple Pay for transactions at some ATMs later this year
- AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones
- ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS Wide-Angle Lens Kit
- Blue Sadie Headphones
- Circle with Disney Parental Control and Internet Filtering System
- Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning Connector Earphones
- BEEM United BeMe D200 Lightning Connector Earphones
- Jam Audio JAM Xterior Max Rugged Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- HiFiMAN Edition S Headphones
- Divoom Timebox Mini Bluetooth Speaker
- iClever BoostSound BTS-09 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