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Doug69 Calculating status...
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The tracks I am d/l from iTunes are not in the proper order and I am not able to change the track order once they are in iTunes! Help!
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Apr 13, 2008 7:55 PM (in response to Doug69)
    Do a Get Info on each track and make sure BOTH the Track x of XX boxes are filled in correctly for each track. E.g. 1 of 11, 2 of 11, etc. If some tracks are missing either of those then you can get a funny order.

    Also pick the entire album at once and do a Get Info on the block of them and make sure the Artist or Album Artist (usually just Artist is used) fields have something filled in as well as the album name. If those are blank, it means one or more of the tracks does not have the same info as the others and the order will be screwed up.

    Patrick
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  • Tonnelier Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 17, 2008 1:24 PM (in response to Doug69)
    This is exactly the same thing that has happened to me. Twice in the last month. Both albums were compilations--one the soundtrack to "Hot Fuzz" and the other a DJed album of dance music. The tracks are numbered correctly in the Get Info window on both albums. "Hot Fuzz" is in the order of artist name, but there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the sort order of the dance album. iTunes credited my account for the first album, but I don't want to press my luck with the other. The only way I've been able to get the order right is to make a separate playlist for each and just drag the songs to the correct order. This isn't a big deal on "Hot Fuzz," but since the dance album is mixed, the songs overlap and it sounds really stupid if they are out of order.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), iTunes 7.6.2
  • bngchild Calculating status...
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    Apr 20, 2008 9:48 AM (in response to Doug69)
    This is not an option in itunes. The only way to rectify the problem is to rename each track with a prefix so that the alphabetical order is the actual order. I have been trying to solve this problem for a couple of years, hoping that each itunes update will come with a fix, but nothing. As it turns out, if I had spent less time searching every forum and discussion on the web to solve this problem and just changed the names in the first place, I could have saved myself a ridiculous amount of time. Good luck.
  • Josh Leet Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2008 8:27 AM (in response to Doug69)
    I think I finally figured out how to do this with dance / mix albums. Go under "Get Info" and start put "track # - " before each entry under album artist. I tried changing the names, track numbers, number of discs, and artist to no avail. But when I started numbering the tracks in order under "album artist", they finally were put in order.

    Another perk - the numbering (01, 02...) does not show up on the Library view unless you actually have "Album Artist" visible as a column.
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  • Josh Leet Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 24, 2008 8:35 AM (in response to Josh Leet)
    I should note that I have my library selected to view by the album, not track or artist. Also, if the CD has multiple discs, if you use this fix you apparently need to add "Disc #" to the album name instead of relying on "Disc _ of _" in the Get Info screen.
    iBook G4 and powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)
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    Apr 24, 2008 10:10 AM (in response to Josh Leet)
    Go under "Get Info" and start put "track # - " before each entry under album artist.

    Album Artist should be the same for all songs on an album. This is what keeps it all together as one album.
    If this is a Compilation album, put something such as Various or Compilation.
    iTunes sorts on Album Artist, then Track #.
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  • Josh Leet Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 24, 2008 7:19 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    Sigh, you are correct. While my fix does make all the tracks appear in order from the library view, if you switch to the Cover Flow view, each track has its own album.
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  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    Apr 24, 2008 7:47 PM (in response to Josh Leet)
    Josh Leet, have a look at this article. It has good examples.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1468
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)
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    Apr 24, 2008 8:08 PM (in response to Josh Leet)
    While my fix does make all the tracks appear in order from the library view, if you switch to the Cover Flow view, each track has its own album.

    See the link Katrina posted.
    Also, as I stated change the *Album Artist* on all the songs to Various.
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  • Josh Leet Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 26, 2008 12:37 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    Finally.


    Thanks for that.
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  • Jebus79 Calculating status...
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    Apr 30, 2008 10:58 PM (in response to Doug69)
    I had this same issue with a movie soundtrack. If you go into 'get info' and change the 'album artist' to say 'various artists', the tracks will go in number order.
    dell, Windows XP

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