Track numbers appear in track names
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 would like to know if you can stop the latest version of iTunes from adding track numbers to the files I import. For example I import “Tommy” but it goes in as “01 01 01 Tommy.” It makes sorting useless by title and just looks bad when looking through the track listing. Sometimes so many digits are added the song title is no longer visible without widening the column. I have seen the solution to this problem when using iTunes with a Mac, however I use iTunes on a PC with XP Media Centre Edition. I have not been able to locate any fixes for the problem when using XP.
A: It appears that this may not actually be an iTunes problem, but rather a problem with the original files themselves. By default, iTunes 9 does add a single two-digit track number to the front of the file name, but it will never add the track number into the track name which appears when viewing your track listings in iTunes.
Note that it is possible to change this behaviour by adjusting a hidden preference setting in iTunes, which are easier to set on the Mac than on Windows. This is probably the solution you’re seeing mentioned elsewhere, however this setting only affects how iTunes names your media files and not how those tracks are displayed in iTunes, and therefore doesn’t really apply to the problem you’re described.
In this case it is more likely that the original files themselves have bad tag information contained within them or have filenames which include these track numbers. When importing MP3 or AAC files, iTunes will use whatever tags are already in the file headers, or in the absence of any file tags will use the file name as the track name. This means that if you have a file named “01 01 01 Tommy” and it has no tags in the file, then iTunes will simply use this as the track name when you import that file, and this is what you will see displayed in the “Name” column.
You can of course clean up these names in iTunes, but this may be more time-consuming if you’re importing a lot of files at once. Third-party tools such as Tag & Rename or MP3Tag can help you with cleaning up your tag information before importing the tracks into iTunes, and these tools are often better at handling mass-cleanup operations than iTunes is. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that your MP3 files actually have tag information in them and that this tag information corresponds to what you want your track names to actually look like.
- 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?
- Sonos speakers available on Apple’s online store today, in Apple Stores next month
- Apple lacks lobbying power in fight with EU
- Apple to offer ‘Spoken Editions’ of written content from top publishers
- Apple working to turn HealthKit into diagnosis tool
- Hackers expose security flaw in iOS 10’s local backups
- Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 to fix headphone controls, iCloud Photo Library
- Report: Apple’s Siri home hub has reached the prototype stage
- Apple acquires machine learning company Tuplejump
- Apple releases iOS 10.1 public beta
- iOS 10.1 beta adds ‘Portrait’ Depth of Field effect
- Mass Fidelity Core Bluetooth Speaker
- Thought Out Simplex Tablet iPad Stand
- SmartX Galaxy ZEGA Starter Kit
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus Leather Case
- Apple Watch Series 2
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- Twelve South HiRise 2 for iPhone + iPad
- Nomad Pod Pro for iPhone and Apple Watch
- Sevenhugs hugOne Sleep Monitoring System
- Kanex GoPower Watch Portable Battery for Apple Watch
- 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
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps