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iTunes Search in comment fields does not work

3515 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2013 11:48 AM by m..s RSS
martinfromaeschi so Calculating status...
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Searches in iTunes 10.3.1 (55) do not search in the comment fields of my mp3 and aac music library (Mac Version)

With iTunes on Windows searching in comment fields works without any problems.

Where does this unpleasant difference come from?

iTunes, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,465 points)

    Search will include the Comments field if the Comments are currently active in the display.


    If they are not active, go to View > View Options and check the box for Comments, and then run your search again.

  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,465 points)

    On Mac iTunes searches for comment field content doesn't work at all, no matter whether the comment field is active in the display or not.


    Sounds like a bug.  There is no obvious reason that that particular behavior would be designed to be platform-dependent.  You can report it to Apple at the iTunes Feedback Page.



    Actually I would expect a qualified answer from Apple about this issue.


    This is a user-to-user forum.  Apple does not respond here.

  • rafifiesta Calculating status...

    Did you find how to solve it?


    I have the same problem.

  • desktopsheavyonlap Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)



    I signed up for this forum after many frustrating hours fiddling with itunes but i feel i might have found an answer.  This might sound overly simple or redudant in a way but hear me out.


    I just recently got a Windows 7 computer and when i transfered my playlist I was having the same problem where I couldn't search comments field.  But, on my previous comp, a Win Vista, it worked fine.


    The suggestion of activating or clicking on "comments" field on the list is correct HOWEVER, you have to do so in the TEXT LIST VIEW [first viewing option from left,] that is left of the search box ((i'm saying this assuming Mac itunes have similar if not same UI as the windows one))


    Since when i had my vista i used to view the music on TEXT LIST VIEW [first viewing option] but i migrated over to ALBUM ART LIST VIEW [2nd viewing option] and obviously comments was activated on the list view long before so i didn't notice any issues with searching comments.


    But by default that's not the case.  ***You have to enable "comments" field from the TEXT LIST VIEW***  Even if you don't have 'comments" visible in other viewing options when you search, as long as "comments" is visible from the TEXT LIST VIEW, you can search "comments" field.


    I don't know how useful this info is but i hope your case is the same as mine.

  • PK_ Calculating status...

    This works! Thank you very much

  • lipwak Calculating status...

    I've been bothered by this for YEARS! Now I know I have to have the "comments" field (or any field I want iTunes to find data in) checked in my viewing options. If it is not, search will not find the data in it. I would think iTunes would search every field regardess but that isn't the case.


    Thank you for offerieng this. I'd still rather iTunes search every field regardless of its visibility. I don't want to have to have the comments field in all of my list views. Yes, I can drag its column off to the right so that it isn't visible but a better solution would be to have it search all fields regardless of their viewing option choice. The data is all there regardless of its visibility.

  • timmacman Calculating status...

    I can confirm that this worked for me also. Although if search entire library is checked, the live data as you type will indicate no results found until you press enter.


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  • m..s Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2013 11:48 AM (in response to timmacman)

    '..until you press enter'

    that's exactly thé answer I was looking for !

    how simple but very needed, thank you very much.


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