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Album artist confusion: Strange effects

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Feb 6, 2013 10:19 AM

The discussion on album artists I read on this forum left me confused.


Let me first state what I think iTunes means to be understood:


In popular music three types of albums exist according to iTunes


1. an album with all songs by the main artist.

     Here the concept of 'album artist' is superfluous; just fill out in get/info title song and artist.


2. a compilation album with different artists for each song; this is the extreme casus; personally I define an album as a compilation album when two or more      artists perform separately on that album. Here you specify in get/info 'part of a compilation; 'album artist' is not required.


3. an album by an (main) artist with one or more guest appearances; this ranges from one duet to complete duet albums.

     For this type of album 'album artist' is meant; for all songs on the album you specify in get/info 'album artist' as the main artist, and in get/sort specify in      'sort artist' also the main artist. In get/info 'artist' is of course the main artist & guest artist given.


Now applying this system and employing the column browser with genre, artists and albums, listing all the songs in my iTunes library, I noticed some strange effects with 1% of the artists.


After clicking an artist in the artist list, the related albums are listed on the top right and the related songs in the list down under.

In a number of cases an artist has a guest on one of his albums.

Sometimes (in 1% of the cases) the name of the artist in the artist list was replaced by the artist & guest artist name of one of the songs on one of their albums, a couple of times the first song, but not always


I'll try to add a screenshot of the iTunes window, but it doesn't work as yet.


How can I fix this?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), FileMaker Pro 11; iTunes 11.0.1 (12


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