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  • 15. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,590 points)
    From your description of what you did it sounds like each song has two album covers associated with it.


    That wasn't the problem... In the image below (used to illustrate how to join a multi-disc album) I use one image for the first disc, "Light" and another for the second disc, "Shade". In coverflow or grid view the whole album shows with just the one cover (the "Light" one) as desired. gidiav__ was hoping that if he made a playlist containg just the tracks from "Shade" that the darker cover would be shown in the grid or coverflow, but it doesn't work that way, although each track will show the correct cover in the Now Playing/Selected Item window.


    tt2
  • 16. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    Tracy Reynolds Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
    Try changing the track total per DISC: Track 1 on disc 1 is 1 of 9 instead of 1 of 18, etc. I think iTunes treats one disc as one album. What is shown in the picture is two discs with 9 total tracks each, not 18 but the track # indicates 18 on each disc.

    I have several multi-disc albums and box sets and I treat each disc as a separate album and the artwork displays correctly. But I don't have one master artwork for my box sets-each disc has its own artwork-and the album discs have the same artwork.

    Tracy
  • 17. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,590 points)
    You're missing the point. I (and many others) want my multi-cd albums to appear as a single large album with sequentially numbered tracks just as displayed. Likewise gidiav__ wants his 5 album box set to appear under just one cover. His issue was over which artwork was displayed if he made a playlist containing, for example, album 5 from this set. My response was that iTunes will display the art attached to the first track of the first album of the set in the grid & coverflow and that, while not exactly what he wanted to hear, this was "normal" behaviour for iTunes. Please read his post & my replies again.

    For multi-CD albums I think the format I illustrate above looks neatest. I first started digitising my music using Windows Media Player 6 which didn't have a disc number field so using sequential track numbers was required in order to join multi-CD albums into one logical unit. The iTunes & Amazon stores often, though not always, list albums this way too. There are certainly plenty of downloadable albums with bonus tracks that would not physically fit on a 74 or 80 min. CD that are not listed with multiple discs.

    For box sets each user needs to decide on their own approach and it may depend on the precise nature of the set. Some obviously consist of a number of original albums packaged together in one box, others are a selection of studio and/or live recordings with no clear mapping to the released albums. In the former case I generally split the set into the constituent albums but that's just me...

    tt2
  • 18. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    voevoda@aol.com Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you!
  • 19. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    mauw-gli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Many thanks for this helpful guidlines. Now I've learned there is nothing to do about the "one album - different artists" problem, but to set it as a compilation album. But it seems this creates another problem... The artists of a compilation album, don't seem to appear in the artist tab on an iPod. When I click Artists, in the iPod Menu, all artists appear, except for those who appear on a compilation album. Is there a way to fix this? Many thanks in advance
  • 20. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    Snizzbut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Please, please help. I bought an album with 2 discs and im trying to change it in itunes so it is one album ive changed the names of both to the album name instead of disc 1 and 2 and numbered all the songs as you said but its not working! it still has two seperate albums, but now with the same names.
  • 21. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,590 points)
    mauw-gli wrote:
    Many thanks for this helpful guidlines. Now I've learned there is nothing to do about the "one album - different artists" problem, but to set it as a compilation album.

    If it's a true compilation then yes, but if there is a main album artist plus guests then the method at One album, too many covers will work.
    But it seems this creates another problem... The artists of a compilation album, don't seem to appear in the artist tab on an iPod. When I click Artists, in the iPod Menu, all artists appear, except for those who appear on a compilation album. Is there a way to fix this? Many thanks in advance.

    If you want your iPod to list those artists who only appear on compilations uncheck the following options on the iPod:

    Settings > Main Menu > Compilations
    Settings > Music Menu > Compilations

    tt2
  • 22. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,590 points)
    Snizzbut wrote:
    Please, please help. I bought an album with 2 discs and im trying to change it in itunes so it is one album ive changed the names of both to the album name instead of disc 1 and 2 and numbered all the songs as you said but its not working! it still has two seperate albums, but now with the same names.

    Try One album, still too many covers and Tried that, there are STILL too many covers!.

    tt2
  • 23. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    Snizzbut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks, i checked and 'album artist' wasn't filled for any of the songs don't know why. I put the name of the band in and its all sorted now.
  • 24. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    grindstone2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Let me add another solution to: ONE ALBUM TOO MANY COVERS:

    You don't need to bother with Compilations nor do you need to Change the Artist name to match (losing Artist infor if artisits differ). I have many random tracks of say, BB King, with many differant artists accompanying him. I don't want to lose this info in the ARTISIT field but it creates an album cover for each one with differing Artist tagged. THE SOLUTION seems simple and since I dont care about Album Artwork it is perfect: Select all the songs, be sure the Album Name is the Same (of course) for all tracks then just add a mark (any character)in the Album Artwork field and it will force them all under one album cover. You can experiment but all other fields CAN differ such as Grenre, Comments, Composer etc. The only two that matter are Album and Album Artist they must be identical for each song you wish to have in the album. Thanks.
  • 25. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)
    just add a mark (any character)in the Album Artwork field

    How?
    It is a graphic, not a text field.
    Do you mean the *Album Artist* field? Why add a mark (any character)?
    Why not put the correct info in the *Album Artist* field as mentioned in turingtest2's original post in this thread, back in July?
  • 26. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
    grindstone2, you're making this too difficult. Just select all the items on a CD, right-click > Get Info, say yes to changing multiple items, and edit the *Album Artist* so they all match.
    No need to edit the Artist track where "BB King feat Somebody" is stored.



    The Artist field is NOT the same as *Album Artist* . Which is what turingtest's post said.
  • 27. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,590 points)
    grindstone2 wrote:
    Let me add another solution to: ONE ALBUM TOO MANY COVERS:

    You don't need to bother with Compilations nor do you need to Change the Artist name to match (losing Artist infor if artisits differ).

    In my scheme the information is not lost but placed elsewhere.
    I have many random tracks of say, BB King, with many differant artists accompanying him.

    My post is about organising albums, not *random tracks*.
    I don't want to lose this info in the ARTISIT field but it creates an album cover for each one with differing Artist tagged. THE SOLUTION seems simple and since I dont care about Album Artwork it is perfect:

    However the aim of the post is to cater for those that *do care* about album artwork.
    Select all the songs, be sure the Album Name is the Same (of course) for all tracks then just add a mark (any character)in the Album Artwork field and it will force them all under one album cover.

    As Chris points out, this seems to be nonsense... you can't paste textual characters into a graphic field.
    You can experiment but all other fields CAN differ such as Grenre, Comments, Composer etc. The only two that matter are Album and Album Artist they must be identical for each song you wish to have in the album.

    Again, to reiterate, Artist must also be the same for each track *+in some models of iPod+*. To be precise it may not always be necessary to make this change as other factors have a bearing on whether listing the guest artists in the Artist field creates multiple covers, e.g. there being more than one album by the same album artist. However, adopting my suggested scheme means that you can be sure there won't be repeating covers regardless of which subset of your library you choose to sync to the device, nor, having once resolved such issues within your library, will it become disorganised later when you add more music. *Part of a compilation* must also be identical...

    For what it's worth there's now a slightly updated version of the original article at http://www.samsoft.org.uk/iTunes/grouping.asp with extra graphics to illustrate some of the points & workarounds.

    tt2
  • 28. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    JerryHope Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Having trouble with trying to load Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol II by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band..
    Most tracks have guest artists and some have composer notes... I have edited the artist names and album name to read the same on all tracks, I have checked and unchecked the compilation box.. I have tried to delete the info from my Library and still the CD appears as about 6 different entries with same cover.. I am out of ideas

    I will appreciate any help

    Thanks

    Jerry
  • 29. Re: Importing an album into ITunes
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,590 points)
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