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Difference between Artist and Album Artist?

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IlMolto Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jul 25, 2008 11:10 PM
I just bought an iPod. I'm in the process of naming all my music in the iTunes Get Info window. I'm confused though. What's the difference between Artist and Album Artist?
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  • Matthew Smith Level 5 Level 5 (6,780 points)
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    Jul 26, 2008 3:26 AM (in response to IlMolto)
    The album artist could be the artist that is releasing the album, but one of the tracks may be a duet with someone. Thus that one track would have both their names on it.
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  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Jul 26, 2008 3:35 PM (in response to IlMolto)
    Album artist allows you to group the entire album together under one artist name in the case where two or more of the songs are created to different or additional artist in the artist tag.

    See this past post of mine for further details and an example...

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=7491444&#7491444

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    Patrick
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