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Properly Tagging Albums

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod touch, iTunes, Music

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Q: I have several songs from an artist, some of which have album information and some that do not. When I use the search feature on my 5G iPod to look up this artist, the songs without album information are not listed. However, if I search for these missing songs by their titles, they show up fine. Am i doing something wrong, or should i just fill in the blank “album” boxes?

- ac

A: Essentially, you do need to fill in the “Album” boxes for those tracks that do not have an entry in there, otherwise you will see exactly the behaviour you’re describing. Tracks without an Album Name will not be listed properly when searching or browsing your iPod by “Artist” unless you have no other albums by that particular artist (ie, where every track for that particular artist has a blank album name).

This behavior was changed in the January 2006 v1.1 firmware update for the 5G iPod, and is now how all current generation iPods function. Unfortunately, this can be confusing for users of earlier models.

The solution is to ensure that all of your tracks have something in the artist field. We personally use options such as “Single” or “Unknown” for those tracks that are often laying around that are not associated with a particular album, but of course you can use any word or description you like, as long as there is some text in that field.

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Comments

1

to the user looking for more episodes of the Office… season one only has 6 episodes.

Posted by jorsham on March 22, 2007 at 7:46 PM (PDT)

2

If Etymotics values the opinions of W, then I just found a reason to never buy anything from that company.

Posted by Proud Liberal on March 23, 2007 at 5:00 AM (PDT)

3

“Leader of the free world” Ugh!

Posted by Voh Poh! on March 23, 2007 at 12:05 PM (PDT)

4

@jorsham: the user is saying that only 1 of the 6 transferred to the iPod, not looking for more episodes.

Posted by jnagel on March 24, 2007 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

5

How do I import a dvd movie I already own onto my ipod video?

Posted by losluv on March 27, 2007 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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