OK so I thought I'd sussed it. It worked for the first compilation CD I've tried but just ripped another (disc 2 of the same compilation) and it's gone into various artists again even though I've not changed any details before ripping. I did check that it said part of a compilation though, which it did.
Any ideas why this is happening? Once it's ripped in iTunes is there any way of changing the album info so that it appears in compilations? I've tried changing artist and album artists, deleting artists and album artists, checked the box saying art of a compilation but it doesn't move it.
It's very confusing, all the info appears exactly the same as those that go into compilations
You need to set the Album Artist to Various Artists. This will leave the individual Artist values by track in tact. This excellent article explains in more depth
This article is also very good
Thanks, I tried all this but it didn't help. However, I found that if I quit iTunes and restarted it they went into compilations, why didn't I think of this before
I also imported the whole disc as 1 track as it's gapless music but on my iPod it can't play gaplessly. When I ripped each CD in this way (there are 3 CD's in this particualr compilation) and created one album out of these 3 'new' tracks they went into various artists again, and I tried everything I had before but to o avail. However, through trial and error I figured out that to go into a compilation each track artist needs to be different (can't just be various for example). I labelled the track artist as Disc 1, Disc 2, and Disc 3 and low and behold they moved to compilations. What a faff lol