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Organizing albums by year on ios device

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Evildude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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May 21, 2013 2:22 AM

Is there a way to organize itunes match albums by year on an iOS device similar to what we have on iTunes?

I hate having the albums all over the place (OCD)

iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.2, White, 32GB.
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    May 21, 2013 3:23 AM (in response to Evildude)

    Not at this time. You may submit your polite feedback to Apple here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

  • Mr. Bellamy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 22, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to Evildude)

    While there isn't a specific setting, like in iTunes, it is possible through other (tedious) means.

     

    Highlight all tracks for each album (or just right click on the album cover), go to Get Info, and in the Sort Album column, enter in the year the album was released.  If you want to get more specific (for instance, if more than one album was released in the same year), you can enter it in by Year-Month-Date format (2013-05-22). 

     

    If you're using iTunes Match, the changes should appear automatically.  If not, they should trigger the next time you sync your iPhone.

  • Mr. Bellamy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 22, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to Evildude)

    Right.  For some reason, iOS seems to default to listing albums alphabetically.  That's why, in order to change that behavior, you'll have to do what I listed above.   So, for instance, in iTunes, highlight all the tracks from "Please, Please Me", right click, select Get Info, go to the Sorting column, then in the Sort Album section, put in 1963 (or if you want to be specific, 1963-3-22), then do the same for "With The Beatles", (1963-11-22) "A Hard Day's Night", (1964-7-10) etc.  While this won't change anything within iTunes, this should force iOS to display them chronologically.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    May 22, 2013 9:37 PM (in response to Evildude)

    If you've downloaded the tracks to your iOS device you'll need to delete the tracks for the ID3 changes to take affect.

     

    As to displaying albums in "boxsets," I'm not sure exactly what you mean. Do you mean you want the Albums to be displayed in the same way in the Music app as they are in the iTunes Store? I don't think that is possible, honestly.

     

    What I do (and this might be useful to you) is put the title of the boxset in the Album field. For example: Abbey Road (The Beatles in Stereo), or The Doors L.A. Woman (The Complete Studio Albums).

     

    Or you can use the Sort Album field. I haven't this, but what you could do is put the title of the boxset in the Sort Album field and see if that does what you want it do. In short, play around with the ID3 tag fields in iTunes to get what you want. You won't hurt anything and if you don't like the results just delete the tag from the field and it goes back to like it was.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    May 22, 2013 9:58 PM (in response to Evildude)

    Evildude wrote:

    I haven't downloaded any music onto my iPhone as far as I'm concern, I don know they propably get downloaded as you play them, I will have to check on that.

    You might want to just delete all the music on the device to be sure. Go to Settings > General > Usage and tapMusic (you may need scroll down in the list). Swipe across "all music" and tap DELETE. This will remove any music that has been downloaded, or is in the cache.

     

    Evildude wrote:

     

    I've tried and it doesn't really do anything, I just thought they way they showed it on the iTunes store was going to be tha way they'll look in my library, no biggie.

     

    Since the iTunes Store you see in iTunes is basically just a web site, there's no way to display the albums in the iTunes library in the same way. But, as I said, experiment with the ID3 tags. You may find a combination you like. 

  • Zarquon42 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Aug 1, 2013 2:16 PM (in response to Evildude)

    There's an Applescript that you can use to add the year to the Album Sort field for every track in your library at Mac OS X Hints. Now if I can only get iOS to recognize the change through iTunes Match...

  • Zarquon42 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Aug 1, 2013 3:39 PM (in response to Evildude)

    So does this still work in iOS 6.1.3? It should; when I access my iTunes library on my computer through Home Sharing on my iPhone, the albums are sorted as they should after using the Applescript I posted above on all my tracks. But even though I have deleted all the songs from my iPhone, turned off iTunes Match on both my Mac and my iPhone, then turned it back on on my Mac, then my iPhone, it still doesn't sort albums by year.

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