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Ria777 Calculating status...
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Sep 2, 2010 4:13 PM
currently, I have a couple of different individual albums split into different albums.

examples: one track of Desertshore by Nico (which has only one disc) "belongs" to a different album, according to iTunes. (it also has a slightly different automatically retrieved album cover.) similarly, +The Madcap Laughs+ (which also has just one disc) by Syd Barrett has gotten split up into two albums. (again, with slightly different album covers.) other albums have the same problem.

I have tried going to Get Data and methodically making sure that the data matches and it still doesn't work. I have tried deleting all the info about individual tracks and still iTunes remembers the metadata. maddening! what can I do about this?

note that I have tried using iTunes 10's feature where you can edit all information in an album at once. a good feature, but it can't merge albums. manually dragging and dropping in and out of folders also does help, of course.
2.4 GHZ MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4), using iTunes 10
  • James Wall1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 2, 2010 4:18 PM (in response to Ria777)
    I have the same problem. I don't know how to fix it.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Sep 2, 2010 5:09 PM (in response to Ria777)
    Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS 4.0.2, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 10.0.0.68
  • remoteacontrolla Calculating status...
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    Sep 2, 2010 11:34 PM (in response to Ria777)
    This occurs when stored metadata differs between songs.

    You can usually fix this by selecting every song in an album, select Get Info and place a checkbox next to every box except the Title of and Track number of the song.
    cmoputer, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Sep 2, 2010 11:59 PM (in response to Ria777)
    Ria777 wrote:
    I haven't found the solution after all. the trick worked with a couple of albums but with others I found it tough as ever to merge "different" artists and albums into one.

    Just to be clear you shouldn't be trying to merge "different" things but removing the inconsistencies that make what should be the same thing appear as more than one. The article I pointed you towards earlier is not a simple solution but rather an exploration of the different triggers for multiple covers or repeating menu values and the methods to resolve them. The correct fix in each case depends on what is causing the problem. In general, consistency is the key factor but even then iTunes can stubbonly refuse to link objects together. The section One album, still too many covers often does the trick here.

    If you're still having trouble post up specific details or a screenshot.

    tt2
    Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS 4.0.2, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 10.0.0.68
  • simon.goodwin Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 11:46 AM (in response to Ria777)
    I'm sure you have tried these so please don't think I'm being rude and insulting your intelligence but have you checked that:

    1. Are you sorting your library by Artist name / Album title as opposed to Genre or anything else which may differ from song to song? (For example half an album by one artist may be categorised as Indie and the other half Rock, or sometimes on compilations different tracks have different years).
    2. Are all spellings, punctuation, years etc are 100% identical? (The best way is to select all the tracks at once, right click, Get Info, Info pane. If the box has the artist name / album name / year / genre filled in then you are good. If it's blank then some of the info is different between tracks).
    3. Also in Get Info, under the Info pane, is the 'Part of a Compilation' check box highlighted? (It's probably best to check each track individually here).
    4. Just like point 2. but in Get Info, Sorting pane are all the details identical and showing when multiple items are selected.

    That's all the help I can offer, I know it's only quite basic stuff (sorry) but I often forget some of it and the same problem drives me mad.
    iMac (5.1) 20" widescreen, 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone
  • Ed91 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 18, 2010 5:09 AM (in response to Ria777)
    I had the same problem. After a bit of googling, I found this.. http://www.technipages.com/itunes-album-songs-split-up-in-grid-view.html

    It's for iTunes 8, but it worked for me, so hopefully it'll work for you too.

    Ed
    Mac Pro 8x2.8, 6GB RAM; MacBook Pro 2.2 C2D, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Sep 18, 2010 6:38 AM (in response to Ed91)
    Hi, that's same technique as I give in the section One album, still too many covers but there are also plenty of alternative causes of split covers which that article also addresses.

    tt2
    Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS 4.1, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 10.0.0.68
  • Chris Horton Productions Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2011 4:56 AM (in response to Ria777)
    Hi There

    The other replies should address most common issues, but we had a continuing problem with one particular album 'Hotel Costes 5' that refused to be just one album, insisting on being 15, one for each track. No matter what we tried.

    However if you click and hold "apple" then "i" and then select the "info" tab, click the "part of compilation" box in the bottom right hand corner it will fix the problem. I'm guessing its a problem that arises where there are different artists on one album.

    You will have to do this for each individual track. But well worth the effort.

    Best

    Chris
  • Hookstone Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2011 11:49 AM (in response to Ria777)
    Hi,

    I've just read this stream to sort out the same problem.

    I have solved it by ensuring that the Artist info is the same on all tracks (using the get info facility described by other contributors). If a track has a guest artist them this is recorded in the artist field which then is used to file the track in its own album.

    It looks like both the Artist and Album fields need to be identical for all tracks to be grouped into one album,
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • jason1973 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 26, 2011 5:21 PM (in response to Ed91)

    This worked perfectly. I had downloaded 4 songs from itunes (Adele, 21) and they were coming up as different albums... everything looked the same in GET INFO... but clearly there was something wrong. Anyway this approached worked perfectly.

  • tomgrohl Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2011 3:54 AM (in response to Ria777)

    I had the same problem, but to fix it was a strange process:

     

    Say I had an album split into 2, "AlbumA". If I renamed one to "AlbumB", then renamed it back to "AlbumA" then they become one album, as they should be.

     

    Strange I know but it works.

     

    Other things that have worked in the past:

     

    - Editing the Sorting Info to match.

    - Untick "Part of a Compilation"

     

    If none of these help, and its a CD, it can sometimes be easier to import the CD again.

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