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Orphaned Albums

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jkizer Calculating status...
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Nov 22, 2011 8:26 PM

Ever since I upgrade to iOS 5 I have had issues w/ certain albums now being "orphaned", meaning they are not showing up under the "Artists" that they belong to even though they do show up in the "Albums" section. I have visited an Apple store about this issue and got absolutely no help figuring out what the problem is. Also I have now had this same exact issue on three different iPhones (two iPhone 4 and one iPhone 4s) so the issue is not the phone. All that I can related it back to is the upgrade from iOS 4 to 5. Any help is greatly appreciated.





  • JinKL Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 8:39 PM (in response to jkizer)

    Its very hard to understand what your issue is by thiat description.


    See if the following does anything?


    On the iPhone

    Settings>Music>Group By Album Artist

    Try changing this setting to either on or off.

  • JinKL Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 8:58 PM (in response to jkizer)

    Make sure the artist name in Itunes is "Radiohead" and not "-radiohead-" "Songs by Radio head" or any other variant including spaces before the first letter.

  • OS2Nutcase Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2011 5:06 PM (in response to jkizer)

    I was having the same issue until a few moments ago when I found this other thread discussing making a change in the settings.



    Sure enough it is there if you go to your iphone General Settings->Music then scroll down to the bottom and turn off "Group by Album Artist" and restart the music app after completely closing from the background also. According to other threads iOS5 uses the other field.


    The other option is to start filling in the "Album Artist" field and resync.

  • asdrubal76 Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2011 1:11 PM (in response to jkizer)

    I've been trying to figure this problem out all day. I finally turned off "Group by Album Artist" in my iPhone "Music" setting (under "Settings"), as several people have suggested--and the orphaned albums finally re-appeared only after I turned off my iPhone and turned it back on.


    Clicking off "Part of a Compilation" in iTunes for every orphaned album also seems to work, but that is a much more time-consuming process, as you have to do this for EVERY album. Simply turning off "Group by Album Artist" and re-booting your phone solves the problem quickly.


    "Quickly" i.e. after tearing your hair out for three hours and scouring the internet for solutions.

  • RBbeachbum Calculating status...
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    Sep 6, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to jkizer)

    I've had this problem for a while now and finally got around to searching the web for an answer.  Before I found this post, I tried filling in the Album Artist first in iTunes then syncing to my iPhone.  This did not work. 


    After finding this post, I tried turning off "Group by Album Artist".  This worked on my iPhone, but NOT my iPad.  It's perplexing that this problem still exists a couple of years after iOS 5 has been released.  I guess Apple doesn't think it a big enough deal to fix.  In the scheme of things, I suppose it's a small problem but very ANNOYING none the less.


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